Construction is beginning this month on the Vision Tulsa project – Route 66 Village Train Depot. The Route 66 Village is a railroad and oil derrick themed attraction on Route 66, located at 3770 Southwest Boulevard. Completion of the Train Depot is scheduled in about one year.
“Route 66 always stays interesting in Tulsa, where new attractions continue to be added to the historic Mother Road,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “At the Route 66 Village, we celebrate Tulsa’s transportation and petroleum history – with the railroad cars and oil derrick on the site, the Phillips 66-style gas station visitors center completed last year, and the Train Depot that we are starting to build this year.”
The Route 66 Village Train Depot will commemorate travel by rail in the early 20th century. The 5,000-square foot depot will be built next to the existing locomotive on site. The Depot will be a museum and events center with meeting rooms and a full commercial kitchen. The Route 66 Historical Village, an association of volunteers, will supply exhibits for the museum and manage the facility.
The Route 66 Village Train Depot is a $3 million project funded by the Vision Tulsa sales tax. Keith Robertson Architects has designed the project, and Voy Construction is the contractor.
Vision Tulsa projects benefiting Route 66 are the Train Depot and $3.7 million for Route 66 Beautification and Reinvestment, which includes the Neon Sign Grant Program. These projects continue the momentum of the Route 66 Master Plan, created as part of the original Vision 2025 package approved by voters in 2003. In 2020, the Tulsa Planning Office is updating the Route 66 Master Plan.
About Vision Tulsa
Vision Tulsa, an $884 million sales tax renewal package approved by voters in 2016, is making substantial investments in economic development, education, public safety, streets and transportation needs citywide. With citizen priorities providing the driving force behind the creation of Vision Tulsa, transformative projects and enhancements are setting the stage for a bright future for Tulsa.
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