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« Reply #60 on: January 22, 2020, 08:31:53 pm »

Not sure exactly where to post this, but is anyone aware of what is going into the building on the southwest corner of 3rd and Utica?  I drove by it yesterday evening and it appeared that the tan metal building was really spiffed up with brick and maybe columns.  I know the brick building has been in that state for awhile (that streetview is from 2018).  Or maybe the dusky light of the evening was playing tricks with my eyes. 

It’s being renovated by an investor to be turned into 7 individual retail storefronts. Details here: https://tulsaok.tylertech.com/EnerGov4934/SelfService#/permit/f92a503f-34e0-4d75-aa31-85696b5dc4a6 (click “supporting docs” to see the site plan).

Pretty neat reuse of the structure!
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« Reply #61 on: January 23, 2020, 07:20:23 pm »

It’s being renovated by an investor to be turned into 7 individual retail storefronts. Details here: https://tulsaok.tylertech.com/EnerGov4934/SelfService#/permit/f92a503f-34e0-4d75-aa31-85696b5dc4a6 (click “supporting docs” to see the site plan).

Pretty neat reuse of the structure!

Ah, thanks!  I drove by again this afternoon and had enough light to snag a couple of pictures.  They have made the once ugly tan metal building look awesome!

This used to be the tan metal building.  The details even match the existing brick building.


Here's the existing brick building on the corner.  I am glad they are saving it.
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« Reply #62 on: January 24, 2020, 11:50:38 am »

The “work” on this building has been going on for several years.  Obviously, little was happening most of the time.  Good to see the pace picking up and real progress being made.  3rd Street between downtown and Lewis has been quietly transforming over the past few years.  Still some empty/underutilized spaces, but there are fewer gaps all the time.  There is now a real connection of downtown to Kenndall-Whittier.

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« Reply #63 on: January 24, 2020, 01:45:20 pm »

The “work” on this building has been going on for several years.  Obviously, little was happening most of the time.  Good to see the pace picking up and real progress being made.  3rd Street between downtown and Lewis has been quietly transforming over the past few years.  Still some empty/underutilized spaces, but there are fewer gaps all the time.  There is now a real connection of downtown to Kenndall-Whittier.



True. Good timing though, pushing it forward now. 3 years ago, this area felt like it was so far from any improvements. Now it is just a few blocks from "Brewers Block" and the recently renovated strip-mall/building on Yorktown, Church Studio, the Swamp House and the mini old main street on Trenton, and all the large projects on Lewis close by. Then the newly paved street gives it a much better vibe. It feels like the area is starting to show signs of life.

The vicinity at 3rd and Utica is still very jarringly diladitated and will likely look like that for a long time (mostly because of the mod podge of ugly architecture, but also the bad infrastructure), but maybe this and the other nearby projects could help push some places to upgrade the exterior or sell for remodel.

Outside of road (which probably has plans to be repaired eventually), the big ugly shopping strips and metal/industrial buildings are the biggest issues there. The health department doesn't look great either. It is neat when a few buildings get renovated and it spurns a big of area pride and many more follow suit. Hoping that happens here!
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« Reply #64 on: January 24, 2020, 02:42:25 pm »

True. Good timing though, pushing it forward now. 3 years ago, this area felt like it was so far from any improvements. Now it is just a few blocks from "Brewers Block" and the recently renovated strip-mall/building on Yorktown, Church Studio, the Swamp House and the mini old main street on Trenton, and all the large projects on Lewis close by. Then the newly paved street gives it a much better vibe. It feels like the area is starting to show signs of life.

The vicinity at 3rd and Utica is still very jarringly diladitated and will likely look like that for a long time (mostly because of the mod podge of ugly architecture, but also the bad infrastructure), but maybe this and the other nearby projects could help push some places to upgrade the exterior or sell for remodel.

Outside of road (which probably has plans to be repaired eventually), the big ugly shopping strips and metal/industrial buildings are the biggest issues there. The health department doesn't look great either. It is neat when a few buildings get renovated and it spurns a big of area pride and many more follow suit. Hoping that happens here!

The area of Utica from I244 to 6th is a mess.  You are right, given the mish mash of buildings and businesses in this stretch, it is going to take a while for redevelopment to take hold.  I suspect the much more promising buildings/opportunities on 3rd, 6th and 11th will continue to suck up the redevelopment energy and money.  Until most of those spaces are filled up, I doubt anyone will seriously tackle Utica.
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« Reply #65 on: January 27, 2020, 11:52:32 am »

Ah, thanks!  I drove by again this afternoon and had enough light to snag a couple of pictures.  They have made the once ugly tan metal building look awesome!

This used to be the tan metal building.  The details even match the existing brick building.





Nicely done!
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« Reply #66 on: January 28, 2020, 02:01:02 pm »

The area of Utica from I244 to 6th is a mess.  You are right, given the mish mash of buildings and businesses in this stretch, it is going to take a while for redevelopment to take hold.  I suspect the much more promising buildings/opportunities on 3rd, 6th and 11th will continue to suck up the redevelopment energy and money.  Until most of those spaces are filled up, I doubt anyone will seriously tackle Utica.


In the same way 15th and Lewis is lost to big corporate suburban-style sprawl development, Utica from I244 to 5th is lost to functional and necessary but ugly buildings. It's a unique stretch in that each building is decently maintained, but so much ugly "architecture" and an even worse mix. The newer style chains thrown in there somehow makes it all look even worse.
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