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The Broken Arrow City Council has requested an economic development feasibility study for the New Orleans (101st) Street and Elm Place shopping area.
At its Aug. 15 meeting, the Council directed the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation to issue a Request for Proposal for the study, which will provide potential options to not only maintain, but possibly improve the economic viability of the area. The City anticipates using Vision 2025 funds to pay for the study. Property owners will be asked to share their vision for the area and how they can partner together with the City.
“The most successful cities help create an environment for the private sector to grow,” said City Manager Michael Spurgeon. “We have a responsibility to our citizens, not just those who live near the New Orleans and Elm intersection, but the entire community, to get some professional assistance and determine what kind of reinvestment can be made to stabilize and revitalize the area.”
The City Council’s action follows last week’s closure of the Applebee’s Restaurant at 3900 S. Elm. The Hobby Lobby, formerly at 720 W. New Orleans St., relocated to 751 E. Hillside Drive earlier this year. While traffic counts remain strong around the New Orleans/Elm intersection at around 20,000 vehicles per day, retailers continue to relocate to other parts of Broken Arrow and southeast Tulsa.
On Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 6:00 p.m., the City of Broken Arrow will host a community forum to discuss economic development activity and recruitment efforts in the southern part of town, as well as infrastructure upgrades the City has made to encourage private developers to invest in the area. It will be held at South Broken Arrow Baptist Church, 7815 S. Elm Pl. City staff will be available to answer questions.