Sand Springs: ‘Positive’ Progress Made on Corridor

City officials are describing a trip to Las Vegas to promote development of Sand Springs’ River City Crossing as “positive.”
Terry Walters, the city’s economic development director, updated the Sand Springs City Council on plans for commercial development of the property located south of the Sand Springs Expressway, between Oklahoma 97 and Main Street.
The redevelopment area is planned as a regional hub for shopping and dining.
The special meeting was called so council members could hear reports from representatives of St. Louis based Mpirical Development. The land, including property recently acquired from the Sand Springs Railroad and the Sand Springs Home, is being sold to Keystone Redevelopers, a subsidiary of Mpirical.
Those issues were discussed in a joint executive session for both the city council and the Sand Springs Development Authority.
After the council meeting, SSDA Chairman Tom Meshek told the Sand Springs Leader the reports he has heard are “encouraging.”
“I’m very encouraged by what I hearing these days,” he said. “I know it’s been a long road, but I think people are going to be pleased.” Meshek referred to the recent railroad property acquisitions as progress.
“Now we can amass it into a useable piece of land for development,” he said.
Concerning his trip to a national shopping center convention in Las Vegas, Walters said, “It was a very positive trip and we saw quite a few vendors that expressed an interest in the project.”
Walters said the city is “talking to a couple of surveying companies to establish the northerly boundary line” which is needed “to finalize closing of the railroad and home property acquisitions.”
Closing is anticipated in the next 30 to 45 days.
Most of the homes and businesses on the land south of U.S. 64, north of Morrow, and between Main and Wilson streets was bought out using Tulsa County Vision 2025 monies. They were then demolished several years ago, and the land has sat vacant since.

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