Mayor G.T. Bynum announced the funding timeline for the historic Vision Tulsa economic development projects, with more than 80 percent of the 37 projects funded completely within the first five years. Four additional projects would receive annual appropriations from the 15-year program.
As a result of the work City staff has done to time bond issues for advance funding, the City will be able to fund 80 percent of the projects within the first five years, allowing the City to benefit from the economic impact and growth they'll generate.
Air National Guard Mission Training Center – $9,400,000: Provides a local match for the construction of a Mission Training Center at the Tulsa Air National Guard base, to help protect the base from future closings.
Airport Infrastructure – $27,300,000: Provides funding to maintain and renovate city-owned infrastructure; replaces the electrical switch gears at Air Force Plant 3; provides for structural improvements to the maintenance center’s plating facility; and upgrades the electrical substation that services the maintenance center.
Arkansas River Corridor Infrastructure and Improvements – $144,800,000:
Capital Equipment – Non-Public Safety – $12,000,000: Maintains, repairs and replaces much-needed city equipment over the course of this package.
Citywide & Route 66 Beautification and Reinvestment – $11,000,000: Creates a fund for annual beautification of Tulsa’s residential neighborhoods, deteriorating commercial shopping areas, and major thoroughfares and entryways into downtown and the city.
Community Health Connection East Clinic – $9,975,000: Constructs a larger facility in east Tulsa for this federally-qualified health center, allowing it to meet growing demand and replace dilapidated facilities.
Cox Business Center and Arena District Master Plan – $55,000,000: Expands the current convention center, allowing Tulsa to remain competitive with other regional convention centers; creates a master plan for the redevelopment and economic growth of Tulsa’s Arena District – maximizing the potential of the BOK Center.
Discovery Lab – Tulsa Children’s Museum Permanent Site – $8,000,000: Provides matching funds to the Tulsa Children’s Museum for a science center in the Gathering Place, with private funding covering the remainder. Activities will focus on STEM and healthy living, benefiting Tulsa’s children and attracting visitors from across the region.
Gilcrease Museum Expansion – $65,000,000: Provides an extensive remodel and expansion of the Gilcrease Museum, creating a world class facility to celebrate the museum’s incredible collections, bring internationally significant shows to Tulsa, and attract an estimated 500,000 visitors to our restaurants and hotels each year.
GO Plan – Priority Projects Identified in the Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan – $3,125,000: Funds key projects on the publicly-developed Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan, including sidewalks, bike lanes and corridors, trail expansions and improvements, and other pedestrian improvements along commercial corridors.
Langston University – Tulsa Healthcare Professions Complex Expansion ($16,250,000: Constructs a new complex to house and expand Langston’s healthcare training courses, including nursing, public health, physical therapy, and rehabilitation services.
McCullough Park ($3,600,000): Enhances McCullough Park with a new playground, water playground, two new shelters, and a half-mile trail; creates a BMX track and spectator area, a lighted multi-use sports court and upgrades to the existing parking lot.
Mohawk Sports Complex ($3,500,000): Improves parking and access to the City of Tulsa’s Mohawk Sports Complex, maximizing the potential for high-economic impact sports tournaments.
BMX USA National Headquarters ($15,000,000): In partnership with Tulsa County, funds construction of an Olympic training center for BMX athletes and national headquarters for BMX USA at the former Drillers Stadium. This project is projected to generate more than $11 million and 100 events over five years.
OSU-Tulsa Innovation Center (University Center at Tulsa Authority) ($3,600,000): Provides partial funding for site acquisition and preparation for the OSU-Tulsa Innovation Center, which will allow private companies to work with OSU researchers to develop projects in highly technical fields like aerospace and advanced manufacturing. The Innovation Center will be a part of a larger commercial development just north of downtown.
Peoria Connection – North Peoria Avenue, 56th Street to Mohawk Boulevard ($7,000,000): Acquires and prepares land, including streetscaping and infrastructure improvements, for future economic development, along North Peoria Avenue from 56th Street North to Mohawk Boulevard.
Peoria-Mohawk Business Park ($10,000,000): Prepares a site at 36th Street North and Peoria Avenue for highly-skilled, primary jobs, focused on hiring Tulsans from the surrounding north Tulsa community.
Performing Arts Center Trust ($1,000,000): Provides funds for planning and design to modernize the PAC, including, but not limited to, the renovation of the four existing theaters.
Public Schools – Safety First Initiative ($14,500,000): Funds targeted for safety improvements at 82 Tulsa Public Schools sites, five Jenks Public School locations, and 17 sites in the Union School District, to ensure safe crossings for students and their parents; provides equipment for increased communications between schools and emergency responders.
Public Schools – Teacher Retention, Recruitment and Training ($10,000,000): Partnership with Union, Jenks, and Tulsa Public Schools to support teacher retention, recruitment and training.
Route 66 Village Train Depot ($3,000,000): The project would expand this iconic Route 66 stop along Southwest Boulevard, to include a train depot building, parking, security, and better access.
South Mingo Corridor ($15,000,000): Widens Mingo Road between 71st and 81st Streets and provides funding for design and right-of-way acquisition on other segments, including Mingo Road between 81st and 91st Streets and 91st Street between Mingo Road and Memorial Drive, to accommodate significant traffic increases and current and future economic development.
Tulsa Arts Commission ($2,250,000): Provides annual support for the arts in the City of Tulsa.
Tulsa Community College Career Placement ($5,320,000): Renovates areas used for student advisement, admissions, and enrollment services, creating a new Career Placement and Student Success Center, to increase graduation rates and connect graduates to Tulsa employers.
Tulsa Fairgrounds ($30,000,000): Funds infrastructure and building enhancements at Expo Square, allowing Tulsa to retain and recruit large-scale, national, and international events, which bring additional sales tax revenue to the city.
Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum ($25,000,000): Takes the next step in the Tulsa Zoo’s 20-year Master Plan to increase visitors through continual improvement; expands the front entry to accommodate more daily visitors and develops a new “Lost Kingdom Elephants” exhibit.
(Permanent funding, projected to be $272,000,000 over the first 15 years)
This permanent source of operating funding will allow the City to hire and equip 160 additional police officers, 16 additional 911 personnel, and 65 additional firefighters. It will also provide opportunities to fund targeted efforts to confront domestic violence and crime prevention programs for Tulsa’s neighborhoods and citizens.
(Permanent funding, projected to be $102,000,000 over the first 15 years)
This permanent source of operating funding will allow the City to hire and fully equip street maintenance crews to preserve Tulsa’s recent, unprecedented investments in street reconstruction. It will also fund traffic engineers and signal technicians to synchronize lights and improve traffic flow.
With Vision funds, Tulsa Transit will add Sunday service in July 2017, operate the Peoria Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line beginning in 2019, construct and operate a Route 66 BRT corridor along 11th/21st Streets, and expand the downtown circulator including service to the Gathering Place.
Vision funds also will provide money to begin the development of a multi-modal transit hub in downtown Tulsa adjacent to the rail corridor. A study will be completed to determine where the facility should be located and what elements it should include. Also, the money is likely to be used for property acquisition and/or as matching funds for federal grants.