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4:11 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

No Post-Construction Plan Yet for Apartments to Be Demolished for A Gathering Place

An aerial rendering of the first phase of A Gathering Place for Tulsa, which will be built between 27th and 31st Streets on both sides of Riverside Drive.
An aerial rendering of the first phase of A Gathering Place for Tulsa, which will be built between 27th and 31st Streets on both sides of Riverside Drive.
Credit A Gathering Place for Tulsa

Two apartment complexes near the future site of A Gathering Place for Tulsa will be mostly demolished early next year.

Project Manager Jeff Stava said contractor needs were behind the decision.

"They came to us after three or four weeks and said that we really needed to consider trying to identify a laydown yard and an area to do our soil amendments that's close to the site," Stava said. "And so that's why we chose to use the apartment complexes."

George Kaiser Family Foundation bought the Sundance apartments five years ago and Legacy at Riverview three and a half years ago, warning hundreds of residents in 2012 park construction would affect them. Some units at Legacy won't be affected. 

Stava said there’s no plan for the land yet but plenty to think about before deciding on one.

"There's a lot of different factors involved — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitting on Crow Creek, we're working very closely with the Tulsa Children's Museum, and depending on how their fundraising goes for their new permanent facility, there's a lot of different factors that'll determine what the timeline is on construction for phase two and phase three," Stava said.

Stava said the complexes will at least become green space. Management is scheduling relocation meetings with tenants.