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« Reply #270 on: October 03, 2019, 06:44:04 pm »

With Tulsa's growth at only about 2 to 2.2% on average, I'm not sure where everyone seems to think all these new projects will find residents or new commercial tenants right now.  I'd be playing it safe too if I were a developer.  If Tulsa could simply latch on to something that would drive more new high paying jobs to town, it might experience 4-8% growth which would justify more of these developments.

Downtown is a different market though, it's the only concentrated urban district in the metro capable of building high density residential and commercial projects.  So even while demand is relatively low it is pretty much concentrated downtown.  I see it somewhat similar to the situation in Chicago where the overall city has been losing population for years if not decades but downtown and surrounding neighborhoods are healthy and attracting new residents and commercial projects.  Agree though we would likely see a lot more projects if there were more better-paying jobs which is what initiatives like GKFF bringing the Holbertson School and TU developing the Cyber District are aiming to achieve.
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« Reply #271 on: October 03, 2019, 07:21:08 pm »

Downtown is a different market though, it's the only concentrated urban district in the metro capable of building high density residential and commercial projects.  So even while demand is relatively low it is pretty much concentrated downtown.  I see it somewhat similar to the situation in Chicago where the overall city has been losing population for years if not decades but downtown and surrounding neighborhoods are healthy and attracting new residents and commercial projects.  Agree though we would likely see a lot more projects if there were more better-paying jobs which is what initiatives like GKFF bringing the Holbertson School and TU developing the Cyber District are aiming to achieve.

I just left a much longer post on the Downtown Development thread.  I've wondered if Tulsa was just too far behind others in reinvesting in downtown, but that's really not an entirely true statement since the Williams Center and PAC were built in the mid-1970's.  I think the failure then was there were so many other derelict properties in the Brady and Blue Dome and other parts of downtown and little other investment that's what stifled Tulsa's overall growth.  Tulsa was also building a lot of Class A space out south at a rapid pace in those days and that did help spur suburban growth, I'm sure.

Perhaps if more new housing and entertainment venues had followed those developments and more renovation for downtown Class A office space, Tulsa could be in a different position these days.  The Williams Center and PAC in the mid '70's should have helped spur the kind of secondary investment that the BOK Center seems to have helped catalyze.  No idea if it was indifferent land owners holding out for major gains in the distant future or what happened with the lack of spark there for secondary investment or at least renovation.  Peter Mayo's acquisition of the Brady Theater (nee: Tulsa Municipal Theater) was right in that time frame and I think David Sharp may have been quietly buying up property in the area at that time but it was at least another five to ten years before anyone seemed interested in trying to get some businesses going in the near area, in those properties.
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« Reply #272 on: November 25, 2019, 04:10:20 pm »

With Tulsa's growth at only about 2 to 2.2% on average, I'm not sure where everyone seems to think all these new projects will find residents or new commercial tenants right now.  I'd be playing it safe too if I were a developer.  If Tulsa could simply latch on to something that would drive more new high paying jobs to town, it might experience 4-8% growth which would justify more of these developments.

Where are you seeing that kind of growth for Tulsa?  From 2010-2018, the metro population grew:

2010-2011:    0.64%
2011-2012:   0 .74%
2012-2013:   1.00%
2013-2014:   0.78%
2014-2015:   1.2%
2015-2016:   0.78%
2016-2017:   0.24%
2017-2018:   0.22%

So recent growth  (the last two years) is about 1/10th of the amount stated.
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« Reply #273 on: November 28, 2019, 01:36:02 pm »

Where are you seeing that kind of growth for Tulsa?  From 2010-2018, the metro population grew:

2010-2011:    0.64%
2011-2012:   0 .74%
2012-2013:   1.00%
2013-2014:   0.78%
2014-2015:   1.2%
2015-2016:   0.78%
2016-2017:   0.24%
2017-2018:   0.22%

So recent growth  (the last two years) is about 1/10th of the amount stated.

Even worse than I thought.
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« Reply #274 on: November 28, 2019, 05:43:43 pm »

Even worse than I thought.

Downturn in energy combined with Trump's immigration policies. Most of our net inbound immigration has been international for some time.
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« Reply #275 on: November 29, 2019, 09:13:54 am »

Downturn in energy combined with Trump's immigration policies. Most of our net inbound immigration has been international for some time.

The people I know who work in oil and gas are definitely not doing as well as they once were and some have left the industry for good.  It’s not the growth engine it once was.
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« Reply #276 on: December 03, 2019, 12:32:32 am »

Downturn in energy combined with Trump's immigration policies. Most of our net inbound immigration has been international for some time.

I found the second sentence of your quote curious then realized what it meant and tuned in.  I recall in the early 1980's before Oklahoma's S & L and energy crash seeing so many car tags from other states on a regular basis as recent transplants to Tulsa due to a blazing oil industry for which Tulsa was a major hub at the time.  Along with that, American Airlines brought quite a few managerial and operations employees from White Plains in the 1970's.  The oil business attracted many people from all over the country in those days.  Tulsa sort of pre-dated Austin when it came to an industry or a few industries causing thousands to flock to a metro every year.  The sh1tty economy all over the U.S. in the early '80's that Tulsa had managed to avoid until the Penn Square collapse in 1982 and finally oil plummeting to $9-10/bbl in 1986 drove people to our doorstep until 1984 or 1985.  I think Tulsa would be seeing better growth had the oil industry not decided making Houston the center pivot of petroleum was essential.

As to the first sentence:  Trump's immigration policies probably have less to do with any impact on the Tulsa area than OK HB 1804 from 2007 did.  I distinctly remember after HB 1804 passed, documented Mexicans that worked for us ended up leaving the state as they were afraid of being rounded up even though they had the proper visa and documentation. 

I've not studied immigration trends since Trump took office but I'd be surprised if we have a much better handle on illegal southern border crossings than we did 20 years ago.  He talks tough because he knows his power-base wants to hear him talk about how successful we are at keeping illegal crossings to a minimum but there's plenty of anecdotal evidence out there that it's still pretty easy to slip into the southern U.S. from Mexico.
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« Reply #277 on: December 11, 2019, 09:10:45 am »

City looking for state's help to move downtown grocery store project forward

City officials are finalizing a $12 million state matching funds application they hope will help Tulsa secure a downtown grocery store.

Not much has been said publicly in the past year about a proposal from an Indianapolis company to construct a mixed-use development with a grocery store across the street from the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Kian Kamas, the city’s chief of economic development, said there is a reason for that — and it’s complicated.

“Big projects like this, they are complex, and making sure we can get them financed is complex,” Kamas said.

With that in mind, the city is working with the developer, Flaherty & Collins, to apply for matching funds under the state’s Local Development and Enterprise Zone Incentive Leverage Act. If the city’s application is accepted, it would receive an estimated $12 million in state sales tax funding over 25 years — the same amount the proposed project is estimated to generate in city sales tax revenue.

Ryan Cronk, a partner in Flaherty & Collins, said he’s been working on the project for five years and hopes to have construction underway by the first quarter of 2021.

“Candidly, to no one’s fault, everybody has been working on this very hard and for a very long time,” he said. “It’s just one of those things where it took a while for all of the pieces of the puzzle to fit.

“I think everybody is excited now, and I think hopefully now this process with the state will get done and we’ll be moving this thing forward.”


Looks like it's still alive!


https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/government-and-politics/city-looking-for-state-s-help-to-move-downtown-grocery/article_770ee321-aed0-578f-84e9-774fabd2c10e.html
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« Reply #278 on: December 11, 2019, 09:30:27 am »

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For those who are skeptical about the project ever happening, Cronk had this response: “I wouldn’t spend five years on something if I didn’t think we could get it done.”

Yes it looks like it's still happening.

https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/government-and-politics/city-looking-for-state-s-help-to-move-downtown-grocery/article_770ee321-aed0-578f-84e9-774fabd2c10e.amp.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share&__twitter_impression=true
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« Reply #279 on: December 11, 2019, 04:22:21 pm »

City looking for state's help to move downtown grocery store project forward

City officials are finalizing a $12 million state matching funds application they hope will help Tulsa secure a downtown grocery store.

Not much has been said publicly in the past year about a proposal from an Indianapolis company to construct a mixed-use development with a grocery store across the street from the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Kian Kamas, the city’s chief of economic development, said there is a reason for that — and it’s complicated.

“Big projects like this, they are complex, and making sure we can get them financed is complex,” Kamas said.

With that in mind, the city is working with the developer, Flaherty & Collins, to apply for matching funds under the state’s Local Development and Enterprise Zone Incentive Leverage Act. If the city’s application is accepted, it would receive an estimated $12 million in state sales tax funding over 25 years — the same amount the proposed project is estimated to generate in city sales tax revenue.

Ryan Cronk, a partner in Flaherty & Collins, said he’s been working on the project for five years and hopes to have construction underway by the first quarter of 2021.

“Candidly, to no one’s fault, everybody has been working on this very hard and for a very long time,” he said. “It’s just one of those things where it took a while for all of the pieces of the puzzle to fit.

“I think everybody is excited now, and I think hopefully now this process with the state will get done and we’ll be moving this thing forward.”


Looks like it's still alive!


https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/government-and-politics/city-looking-for-state-s-help-to-move-downtown-grocery/article_770ee321-aed0-578f-84e9-774fabd2c10e.html

Glad it's still on the table. Not happy that an out of state developer will "receive an estimated $12 million in state sales tax funding over 25 years — the same amount the proposed project is estimated to generate in city sales tax revenue". So basically city sales tax revenue that would otherwise be going to the city via Reasors, QT or the new DGX, will instead be going to the developer for 25 years!

I would rather it be delayed even further and have either no break or a much smaller tax break. Ideally a local developer would be prefered but that's not been an option. It's one thing to give out tax breaks to renovate old treasures like the Mayo Hotel or Tulsa Club Building to local developers like the Ross Group. It's a damn shame if struggling families buying groceries are sending their tax dollars to a big corporation in Indianapolis.

It's also one thing to reduce the property tax increase like they typically do rather than from sales tax. Those are actually related ($ increase in property value tax is directly dependent on improvements while tax revenue is most likely poached from other existing grocery stores).
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« Reply #280 on: December 11, 2019, 04:41:47 pm »

Glad it's still on the table. Not happy that an out of state developer will "receive an estimated $12 million in state sales tax funding over 25 years — the same amount the proposed project is estimated to generate in city sales tax revenue". So basically city sales tax revenue that would otherwise be going to the city via Reasors, QT or the new DGX, will instead be going to the developer for 25 years!

I would rather it be delayed even further and have either no break or a much smaller tax break. Ideally a local developer would be prefered but that's not been an option. It's one thing to give out tax breaks to renovate old treasures like the Mayo Hotel or Tulsa Club Building to local developers like the Ross Group. It's a damn shame if struggling families buying groceries are sending their tax dollars to a big corporation in Indianapolis.

It's also one thing to reduce the property tax increase like they typically do rather than from sales tax. Those are actually related ($ increase in property value tax is directly dependent on improvements while tax revenue is most likely poached from other existing grocery stores).

This is an interesting turn of events.  Meanwhile, the Price family is going to put a grocery store in the ground floor of the 111 Lofts building at 5th & Boulder.  Additionally, DGX should be open in a matter of weeks. 

It will be interesting to see how these two smaller operations play out over the next 2 years before the development on the PAC lot even breaks ground.
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« Reply #281 on: January 13, 2020, 11:10:39 am »

Heard through the grapevine that the Tax funds allocation had been approved recently. The person I was talking to thought construction work could even start this year. Not sure how reliable that information is, but thought I'd pass it along.
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