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« on: February 10, 2020, 04:37:11 pm »

This will replace the decrepit state offices at 3rd-6th and Houston.

https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/veterans-administration-hospital-planned-for-downtown-tulsa/article_e124bf33-b11e-55e2-a660-ea320ab4452a.html

Note that this was also addressed in the governorís proposed budget, including $5 million for staffing.

https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/governor-s-no-growth-budget-proposal-leaves-no-room-for/article_7a2fe4f1-175c-5260-9346-235089017f55.html

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Other features of the governorís budget proposal include:

ē Transfer of the Kerr-Edmondson state office complex in downtown Tulsa to the Oklahoma State University Regents for use as a veterans clinic. The proposal also includes almost $5 million for the OSU Medical Authority for equipment, recruitment and residency positions.

Edited to correct the amount to be spent.
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2020, 05:22:35 pm »

The funding is in the Trump Administrationís proposed budget, so it is not a done deal.  Nonetheless, it is a good sign that something positive could happen on that side of downtown.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2020, 07:42:54 pm »

I wonder where the workers' comp courts and other state offices will go. Would there be room in the new county building across from the courthouse to lease to the state?
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2020, 08:25:22 pm »

I wonder where the workers' comp courts and other state offices will go. Would there be room in the new county building across from the courthouse to lease to the state?

Wondering same thing. Maybe the courts stay downtown but the other services go somewhere with cheaper rent and more parking? Or could they build a new state offices complex?
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2020, 10:59:30 am »

Hopefully this gets going fairly quickly ( in government terms). That area of Downtown could certainly use a face lift. With the Tulsa County building renovation underway, it could look a lot better in a couple years.
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2020, 09:58:49 am »

This will be a major shot in the arm (pun intended) for OSU Medical Center and this whole part of downtown.  Hopefully this leads to additional development at OSU as well so the whole area can be more of a "medical district".  

Now we just need a new federal building so Page Belcher can be demolished and a new convention center hotel built on that site.  Maybe there could be a combined federal/state office building built in that vicinity.
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2020, 11:02:52 am »

In one of the local TV news stories last night, it said the exterior of the building would be kept, but that it would be gutted and renovated inside.
 
I hope all the state employees working there now are relocated to other spots downtown, but Iím not sure the amount/quality of space necessary is available at the this time. Given the budget, I doubt the state will build a new building anywhere, much less somewhere downtown.
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