Retail, Restaurants Desperate for Flowing River

Construction of a 1,400-foot low water dam across the Arkansas River will create a lake in front of two existing retail developments and another under construction.
Recently, Jenks RiverWalk Crossing developer Jerry R. Gordon secured $28.9 million in financing to complete his RiverWalk Crossing Shopping Center.
RiverWalk, at the west end of the 96th Street river bridge in Jenks, includes an amphitheater, restaurants, shops, a trail and live entertainment during the spring and summer.
The second phase, north of the RiverWalk Theater, will include an additional 21,000 SF of retail space by Lewis & Clark Outfitters and McDermott’s Grill.
The additional construction brings a total of $45 million in retail space on the west bank of the Arkansas River.
Tulsa’s RiverWalk Crossing was the beginning of Tulsa’s river development. It followed the construction of the Oklahoma Aquarium south of the Jenks bridge.
On the east side of the Arkansas between 96th Street and the Creek Turnpike is Kings Landing.
Next on the horizon is the River District and its “urban village” concept south of the Creek Turnpike.
When completed, it will be the largest mixed-use development in the state.
Phone calls to RiverWalk and the River District developers asking for current status of their projects were not returned.
It will include 852,000 SF of high-end retail shopping as well as a mix of restaurants, cafe’s and entertainment venues.
The River District is a 300-acre site which plans call for 650 hotel rooms and a small convention facility. Plans include 400,000 SF of class A office space designed to attract both start-up companies and to promote the relocation of established businesses to the Tulsa metro.
Construction is slowed by the existence of city utilities and pipelines in the district that are impacted by construction, said Leslie Carter with the Oklahoma One Call System. The agency monitors pipelines and utilities that would be damaged by by construction.
Some of the easements that cross the property are EasyTel Communications, Creek County RWD No. 2, Oneok Gas and ONG Transmission, ScissorTail Energy, City of Tulsa, City of Jenks, Conoco, Enogex, SBC, Cox Cable, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, AT&T and PSO.
The River District plans to include 300 condominium units in the initial phase of the project which overlook an 80 acre lake and will include structured parking facilities. The project also boasts a fountain and water feature set to a music library designed by Wet Labs of California. Wet Labs is the company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and other worldwide hotel, casino and retail developments. Further amenities include a town square, fashion district, park areas and lake frontage.

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