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« on: November 05, 2018, 03:28:42 pm »

Sapulpa catches a lot of undeserved flack because of all the crap they allowed to be built up along the highway towards town. Everyone passes by the industrial and trailer parks and thinks "that's Sapulpa", but the real town is hidden by a hill as you go past on I44. I've lived in Sapulpa for over two years now, and was initially attracted by the small town charm, the wealth of historic structures, and the quaint downtown. I've been waiting for the town to finally get it's break and become another hot spot for growth and development in the metro.

I think the corner might have been turned already. A couple years ago, the CEO of a MLM cosmetics company announced that she was moving back to Sapulpa and planning on making the town into a major HQ of the company. She's actually a Sapulpa native herself and wanted to move back home. Between then and now she has:

  • Set up a new temporary midwest HQ
  • Built a large new house for herself that she has moved into
  • Purchased several downtown buildings with the intent to revitalize them and bring in new businesses including a steakhouse and boutique hotel. https://ktul.com/news/local/cosmetics-company-senegence-puts-up-artwork-plans-for-downtown-sapulpa
  • Announced plans for a large office/factory/warehouse campus that will supposedly create hundreds of jobs. The area has been annexed into Sapulpa and sewer/water services are under construction. Not sure when they'll actually break ground on this.
 

In addition to the stuff she doing, the town is still growing organically:

There's a big new apartment project called Timbers. Eventually they will develop some retail pads in front of it. https://www.tulsaworld.com/business/realestate/new-luxury-apartments-going-up-in-sapulpa/article_576f4570-b88a-5190-b1ab-dff2b68a99b1.html

There's a new strip retail center going up on Main. Nothing hugely exciting, but it expands the downtown retail area a bit and will brighten that corridor. It will include a gym and a new sandwich place apparently.

A pediatric clinic is expanding into a brand new large purpose-built building.

We're getting an interesting new gas station built by a local entrepreneur that's been the talk of town.

Plus lots of infill housing and a few other odds and ends. In the time I've lived here, there have been about 8-9 house demolitions within my neighborhood with new houses going up on half a dozen of those lots. From google maps it looks like the same is true throughout the next two neighborhoods over. Lot of house/lot flipping, but they only do a few at any given time so it's a slow process of revitalizing the area. There's also been a few small new developments proposed that would include anywhere from 12-20 new houses depending on density approval and storm water management.

I feel like once Joni Rogers finishes her downtown projects and starts working on the new HQ, this town will really come alive again with new development. It's been kind of an insular place, but the walls are coming down one way or another.
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2018, 04:19:07 pm »

Glad to see Sapulpa having success. It seems to me that Tulsa will continue growing primarily southward. We're already seeing what's happening in Jenks. I wouldn't be surprised if Jenks, Glenpool, Bixby, and Sapulpa all see significant growth in the next decade or so.
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2018, 08:10:41 pm »


Sapulpa catches a lot of undeserved flack because of all the crap they allowed to be built up along the highway towards town. Everyone passes by the industrial and trailer parks and thinks "that's Sapulpa", but the real town is hidden by a hill as you go past on I44. I've lived in Sapulpa for over two years now, and was initially attracted by the small town charm, the wealth of historic structures, and the quaint downtown. I've been waiting for the town to finally get it's break and become another hot spot for growth and development in the metro.



Sapulpa has nothing to be ashamed of at all.  Nice little town!   Have several family members and a couple friends who live there (from 15 to 80 years as residents) and there ain't nothing wrong with that town!  There has been quite of bit of 'quiet' growth going on for a while now!

All that 'crap' has been there for many decades - a lot of it before the interstate was even built.  It's what gave people decent jobs.  Frankoma and the glass plant were both better than minimum wage jobs for a long time...

And there was always the Avalon!  Before steakhouse, I heard stories from family that it was a kinda rough, raggedy-assed, sawdust-on-the-floor-to-soak-up-the-blood-from-knife-fights honky-tonk beer hall.  Maybe called something else before steaks, but these guys (family patrons/knife-wielders) always called it the Avalon.  I tried to get in a couple times, but I guess they could tell I was only about 14....

Awww...the good ole days.!!







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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2018, 09:48:53 pm »

The Avalon Steak House. There was a place with a checkered past. A friend in high school father was a TPD officer starting in the mid 60's and the story he related to me was about the night that he and three other TPD officers, a couple of TCSO officers, a couple of Creek County Sheriff Officers and a couple of OHP Troopers went to the Avalon to find Rex Brinlee Jr. in connection with a car bombing, and he said as they walked up to the door they felt that they were out gunned by the people inside. They went in and were actually relieved that he wasn't there.

http://www.historicalcrimedetective.com/msm-rex-brinlee-jr/

Some other colorful characters that probably hung out there.

https://www.tulsaworld.com/blogs/news/throwbacktulsa/throwback-tulsa-loving-wrong-man-was-downfall-for-bootleg-queen/article_fc39e872-9777-545c-9ed2-4948ade4ca4c.html

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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2018, 08:43:35 am »

The Avalon Steak House. There was a place with a checkered past. A friend in high school father was a TPD officer starting in the mid 60's and the story he related to me was about the night that he and three other TPD officers, a couple of TCSO officers, a couple of Creek County Sheriff Officers and a couple of OHP Troopers went to the Avalon to find Rex Brinlee Jr. in connection with a car bombing, and he said as they walked up to the door they felt that they were out gunned by the people inside. They went in and were actually relieved that he wasn't there.

http://www.historicalcrimedetective.com/msm-rex-brinlee-jr/

Some other colorful characters that probably hung out there.

https://www.tulsaworld.com/blogs/news/throwbacktulsa/throwback-tulsa-loving-wrong-man-was-downfall-for-bootleg-queen/article_fc39e872-9777-545c-9ed2-4948ade4ca4c.html




I can guarantee you that they were outgunned there at that time!  Like I said, tried to get in, but since I couldn't, just hung around outside upon occasion with some friends.  "Colorful" is a very good, politically correct descriptive word.!!  I love it!!   And that sawdust on the floor thing was real.!



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