Westport and Mid-Continent Concrete Needed for Channels

Tulsa Stakeholders Inc. have confirmed that the acquisition of Westport Apartments and Mid-Continent Concrete is necessary should The Channels be approved. The two properties are budgeted at $28 million and $37 million, respectively, and would be purchased by a public trust formed to oversee the development.
According to engineers working on the project, removing part of the west bank is necessary to accommodate the proposed islands, while the remaining land will be transformed into festival space. The property would not be altered for approximately two years after a public vote due to the time required for permitting the project.
The announcement allows Tulsa Stakeholders to publicly address a number of outstanding questions related to the project and flooding.
“Maintaining the width of the river means we are retaining the current capacity of the river to carry water,” said Steve Jacoby, an engineer at Benham Cos. “And because we’re moving the floodway to the west, The Channels exposure to flooding is basically the same as any development on the banks of the river.”
According to Jacoby, in late 2005 and early 2006, the firm conducted hydrological modeling and analysis of The Channels based on data provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Benham concluded the project will not change or increase flood levels either upstream or downstream of the project.
The results of the study were peer-reviewed by CDM, a Fort Worth-based engineering firm that confirmed the findings.
While some of the land occupied by Westport Apartments and Mid-Continent Concrete will be used to widen the river to the west, the River Parks Authority should gain additional acreage as a result of The Channels.
“We’re working with the River Parks Authority to finalize the numbers, but it’s clear The Channels will result in an increase of land available for festivals,” said John-Kelly Warren, one of the Tulsa Stakeholders.
The Channels begins with a dam at the 23rd Street bridge that creates a 12-mile lake north to Sand Springs. A 40-acre, manmade island anchors the project between the 11th and 23rd Street bridges.

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