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« on: December 05, 2019, 01:42:18 pm »

https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/city-eyes-th-and-lewis-as-new-site-for-route/article_d3235877-c024-586d-ad49-398887e766e8.html

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The city’s plan to build a Route 66 interpretive center and commercial complex across from Cyrus Avery Plaza could be changing — and in a big way.

Nick Doctor, chief of community development and policy for the city, said Thursday that the city is considering entering into a public-private partnership to construct a Route 66 museum on five acres near the Mother Road Market at 11th Street and Lewis Avenue as part of a larger mixed-use development.

“We are exploring a potential partnership at 11th (Street) and Lewis (Avenue) since it was identified as an ideal location for the Route 66 interpretive center in the Tulsa Planning Office’s analysis,” Doctor said. “This potential partnership is still in an early, due-diligence phase, and the city has not made any commitments regarding the location of the Route 66 interpretive center.”

A document sent to prospective architecture firms by ITulsa LLC states the company is building a $40 million mixed-use development on the northwest corner of 11th Street and Lewis Avenue that will include retail, 250 multi-family units and a 12,000-square-foot Route 66 museum.
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2019, 04:17:10 pm »

Very cool. That area is already hopping, but this would make it a true destination as much as anything in else in Tulsa. It's a big lot, but with that many units + a museum, I'm guessing a large parking garage and a fairly tall residential building would be part of it.

12,000 square feet is not a large museum though. The one in Sapulpa is bigger than that I'm pretty sure. Could be a nice compliment to the area, but with this kind of thing you either go big or go home. We don't need another random dinky museum, even if it is in a fairly active area.
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2019, 10:00:15 pm »

Very cool. That area is already hopping, but this would make it a true destination as much as anything in else in Tulsa. It's a big lot, but with that many units + a museum, I'm guessing a large parking garage and a fairly tall residential building would be part of it.

12,000 square feet is not a large museum though. The one in Sapulpa is bigger than that I'm pretty sure. Could be a nice compliment to the area, but with this kind of thing you either go big or go home. We don't need another random dinky museum, even if it is in a fairly active area.

Depends on what you do with the space.  I could blow your mind with 12,000 sq feet worth of space.  And don't forget, dinky museums can grow in time, plus it would be just one part of what you can do in the area.  I frankly love going to see little "pocket" museums in other cities around the world, they can be so fun, interesting and imaginative.  Think of them like getting a delicious ice cream treat as you stroll along, versus a long, draw out multi-course sit down meal.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2019, 01:23:53 pm »

Alternative headline could be “City to Boost Value of Land Owned by Former Mayor’s Family.”

Dropping from the 42,000 sq. ft. center at Avery Plaza to 12,000 sq. ft. is a significant reduction.  Nonetheless, I agree if done correctly it could still be a very good attraction.  More importantly, it doesn’t look like there was a realistic path to raising the funds necessary for the large center.  A smaller museum is better than an unrealized plan for a much larger museum.

I also think this location makes a lot more sense and ties into current development better than the Avery Plaza location.  Unless/until money is found to rehab the old bridge and open it up to pedestrians, it simply stands as a fenced off monument to Oklahoma’s failure to maintain its infrastructure.

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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2019, 01:56:54 pm »

Alternative headline could be “City to Boost Value of Land Owned by Former Mayor’s Family.”

Parking for it and Mother Road Market on the roof maybe? 
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2019, 05:44:05 pm »

How about another 'Golden Drumstick' ??   That would be a great thing to have back on Route 66!

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