The next public meeting for the Route 66 Area-Wide Brownfields Plan will be held Thursday, Oct. 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Foolish Things Coffee Co., 1001 S. Main St. (at 10th Street, which was on the 1933-1959 alignment of Route 66).The meeting will focus on identifying redevelopment priorities.
Participants in the first Route 66 Area-Wide Brownfields Plan public meeting held in August and subsequent drive-through surveys identified more than 70 potential brownfields along the corridor. These range from former dry cleaners to old manufacturing facilities and from gas stations to classic “Main Street” buildings. Previous planning studies, including PlaniTulsa, small area plans, and the Route 66 Master Plan, were then used to screen the full list of potential brownfields into areas with the greatest potential for near-term (5-10 years) redevelopment as commercial or recreational spaces.
During the last several years, interest in Route 66 has grown, with more businesses choosing to locate on the historic Mother Road. This trend is expected to continue, and that creates the need to prepare buildings with brownfield issues for future vibrant commercial uses.
The history of Route 66 presents both opportunities and challenges for redevelopment. From the highway’s beginnings in 1926, Route 66 has attracted automotive and industrial development such as gas stations, salvage yards and factories. These are among the oldest buildings in Tulsa, and many will need environmental remediation in order to be redeveloped for modern use.