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TUWC – Looking back on 2016

As another year draws to a close it is important to look back at what we have accomplished to better plan our goals for the new year. While we reflected the one thing that stuck with us was how much commitment Tulsa is showing to a renewed sense of community. A deep desire to be outdoors and a measurable value in what we have. Tulsa, again you leave us happy and speechless. Thank you.

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TUWC: Simon Properties asks for INCOG continuance to Aug

From:
Colin Tawney
TUWC Government Affairs Coordinator

According to our sources at INCOG, Simon has requested another continuance of their zoning hearing before the TMAPC to August 19, 2015.

Based on lack of public support as well as lack of support from the City Council, we cannot see how Simon would still be preparing a site plan for this property.

However, the recent announcement by the City of Jenks that Simon had signed a contract on land south of the Creek Turnpike, was pre-empted by a cancelled press conference.

What does all this mean, and should we still be concerned? Anyone involved with this project has said Simon has been very silent since the forums were held in mid-March. The series of delays and lack of communication on this matter has puzzled government leaders as well as development insiders.

Based on what has happened in other markets where there have been multiple developers vying for an outlet mall in a market which will only support one, this is really not terribly surprising. In other markets where Simon was late to the game, they have used similar tactics to end up either chasing out competition or partnering with another developer. Simon is the undisputed king of outlet retail management companies, they also rule the traditional mall market. With that sort of presence comes the clout to woo all of the major retailers required to develop an outlet mall.

Certainly, we cannot take our eyes off Simon, but with the high cost of infrastructure improvements as well as numerous challenges the Turkey Mountain site presents, there really does not seem to be any reason for Simon to attempt to develop there.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and follow up with city officials as well as contacts we have within the development community. We will have someone attend the June 17 TMAPC meeting to report back on the continuance or if there are any other developments.

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TUWC: Turkey Mountain – Not Out of The Woods Yet!

Turkey Mountain: Not Out of The Woods Just Yet

With the stunning news that Simon Properties has abandoned the site on Turkey Mountain comes the sobering reality that there is now a 60 acre parcel of land with existing commercial zoning sitting wide open.

This is but round one. It was a hard fought battle, and people have taken notice how important Turkey Mountain is to the citizens of Tulsa. With that recognition, it is now time to step up fund-raising efforts to secure and protect the land from the threat of commercial development for future generations.

Large donations should be directed to Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition through its account at Tulsa Community Foundation: https://tulsacf.org

Direct donations to TUWC can be made at

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TUWC also has a Go Fund Me campaign for any donation amount at: http://www.gofundme.com/tuwc2015

Please join the TUWC today in the movement to purchase this vital piece of urban wilderness.

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Tulsa World: Outlet mall developer abandons Turkey Mountain site for Jenks location

Outlet mall developer abandons Turkey Mountain site for Jenks location

An outlet mall slated for the Turkey Mountain area is now headed to Jenks, according to an investor’s brochure from the developer and the mayor of Jenks.

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Tulsa World: City Hall Blog: Yes, there are supporters of mall near Turkey Mountain

City Hall Blog: Yes, there are supporters of mall near Turkey Mountain

The problem for supporters of the mall is that at the public meetings they have been vastly outnumbered by those who object to the project, and my reporting has reflected that.

So when I say there are plenty of people out there who want the mall, I’m not basing it on the public meetings. I’m basing it on my emails and voice mails.

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Tulsa Voice: Natural beauty Tulsans make the case to protect Turkey Mountain

Natural beauty
Tulsans make the case to protect Turkey Mountain

The resistance has reached a clear and eloquent critical mass, a decided ripening that’s accelerated over the past few months. Simon has twice requested additional time to prepare for its meeting with the Planning Commission, which is now expected to take place June 17.

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Blog: ProActiveOutside – Turkey Mountain update: Simon gets a case of the yips, postpones mall hearing again

Turkey Mountain update: Simon gets a case of the yips, postpones mall hearing again

Simon was taken by surprise over the public reaction to the proposed mall. This is a company used to getting its way, particularly in cities hungry for new tax revenue. The initial pushback last fall was probably ignored,with the thought that it would subside over time. Instead, it has only grown. The online petition against the mall has nearly 8,500 signatures, and the crowds at two public forums to discuss the mall plan have been decidedly against Simon’s proposal.

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Tulsa World: Developer of proposed mall near Turkey Mountain seeks to postpone zoning hearing

Developer of proposed mall near Turkey Mountain seeks to postpone zoning hearing

The latest request, which must be approved by the Planning Commission, seeks to have the hearing moved to June 17.

“We would love to see it go somewhere else,” said Laurie Biby, public relations coordinator for the Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition. “We have no bad feelings for Simon, we just wish they would look at another site.”

Biby said she hopes Tulsa residents concerned about the proposed mall will stay engaged in the process.
“Because by no means do we think we are done with this,” she said.

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Tulsa World: Julie DelCour: Turkey Mountain not out of the woods

Julie DelCour: Turkey Mountain not out of the woods

Years later, my new home disproved that oxymoron. Tulsa actually has an urban wilderness. Turkey Mountain might not be an enchanted forest for everyone, but it is for my family and dogs, and thousands of other Tulsans. There’s a strange and wild trail mix up there on the mountain with its hikers, bikers, runners and nature enthusiasts. We once walked a hundred feet with a displaced rooster and two of his wives — chickens that had crossed the road to get to Turkey Mountain.

*note the distance from the proposed mall is a Quarter of a mile from the RiverParks property not a full mile as reported.

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