Proposed Outlet Mall Could Come to East Tulsa Area
The closest outlet mall to the Tulsa area is about two hours away in Oklahoma City.
And that's one of the reasons why city officials say one particular location in east Tulsa would be great for the area's very own outlet mall. And it also could mean good sales tax revenue.
"This is a high visibility area for Tulsa," retail marketing coordinator Tammy Fate said. "Lots of traffic in that area...about 70 thousand cars.
The particular area in question is near I-44 and 129th East Avenue. It's about 90 acres which has been empty for awhile and garnering attention for the proposed outlet mall that could look similar to the one in Oklahoma City.
"[It's] one of the bigger projects that the east side of Tulsa has seen in the past many, many years," Mayor Dewey Bartlett said.
And not only could Tulsa's outlet mall look similar to OKC, but the same developers are the ones in talks with city officials to bring the proposed project to life.
Mayor Bartlett said he likes that they are looking in east Tulsa for this project because land in east, north and west Tulsa offers something different.
"In those areas of town the land is cheaper, the access is very, very good [and] there is good infrastructure," Bartlett added.
Not to mention it will bring jobs and course, an increase in sales tax.
"There are a large number of people that come to Tulsa to shop and once they are here [they] don't just come here to buy a pair of socks, they come and have dinner or they will go to a show someplace," Bartlett said.
But right now it's a cross your fingers type of situation that the deal makes it through the proposal process.
"They are really trying to do their due diligence and their site work to really see what their demands are for the site and figuring out the entire site so at this point it is still very preliminary," Tammy Fate added.
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