Sand Springs Offers a Ride

Economic incentives are being offered to Bell’s Amusement Park to try and lure the facility to Sand Springs.
The Sand Springs Economic Development Authority, the board responsible for oversight of the STAR Center, has prepared a letter of intent for Robby Bell, owner of the park.
On Dec. 18, the SSEDA voted to send a draft a letter of intent to Bell, offering several incentives. Those include the donation of 50 acres of land on the STAR Center, $25,000 toward site research and evaluation and relief from city sales tax until moving debts are paid off.
Sand Springs, Owasso, Bixby and Broken Arrow are the leading candidates for the relocation of the park. Sand Springs would be the first city to make a formal offer.
Tulsa County Fair Board recently refused to renew its lease with the park. The lease expired Nov. 8, leaving Bell 120 days to move his park off the Tulsa County Fairgrounds.
Sand Springs Vice-Mayor Mike Burdge said the letter would offer a deferral on sales tax. He said the offer was a chance to “get something going” at the STAR Center site.
SSEDA had been managing the land, the site of the former Hissom Center, since the institution’s closing. To date, the board has been unable to attract major revenue-generating operations to the site.
SSEDA would also request that the Oklahoma Department of Central Services make the funds currently earmarked for maintenance of the property available for site improvements, which would likely top $100,000.



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