If you've ever attended an event at the BOK Center, watched the Tulsa Drillers play at ONEOK Field, eaten a picnic at Guthrie Green, visited the One Place office building, or spent a night at the Mayo Hotel, you have seen firsthand the benefits of brownfields redevelopment here in Tulsa. Many current popular downtown Tulsa destinations are former brownfield sites.
The City of Tulsa’s Brownfields Program began in the 1990s with its first grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for assessment of potential brownfield properties.
Recognizing the ability of brownfields to catalyze economic development for entire sections of the community, Tulsa would later join with EPA as one of only a handful of cities awarded its first area-wide planning grants. This effort focused on brownfields in a three square mile area between I-244 and 36th Street North and from the Tisdale Expressway to US-75.
Out of the Area-Wide Plan, clean-up of the former Morton Health Center was completed and work on the 25-acre Evans-Fintube site was initiated.
In addition, the City has been awarded funds to establish a local Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) supporting brownfield clean-up activities on private property. These funds are awarded, repaid, and recycled back into the development community to ensure continuation of clean-up efforts.
Michelle Barnett, P.E.,
Phone (918) 596-7821