Tulsa City Council to vote on future of former Laura Dester Center complex

Voting date set to take place for historic Laura Dester building

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa city councilors will vote Wednesday on officially listing the old Laura Dester Center complex near East 6th and South Rockford for sale.

Wednesday’s agenda and documentation states the city sees the site as being prime for redevelopment opportunities, and no longer wishes to pay for maintenance and upkeep.

The complex has sat vacant for years in the Pearl District and proposals to redevelop it or tear it down and start fresh have circulated for as long as it has been closed.

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The buildings were originally constructed as the Tulsa Boy’s Home in 1948 before becoming the Laura Dester Children’s Center.

But the Laura Dester name and operation were relocated to a modern building in northeast Tulsa.

Companies previously presented the city cost proposals to tear down the site, but between that and redevelopment hopes, no progress has been made.

Nearby businesses told FOX23 they want to see something happen to the area because the Pearl District is growing and thriving.

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