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Sharp Development Selected to Lead City’s New Route 66 Mixed-Use Project; Plans Include Interpretive Center, Residential, Retail, Hotel, Parking

This article was archived on 6/5/2022

Following a thorough selection process, the City has chosen Sharp Development to lead the development of a new Route 66 mixed-use project that will be built on two acres of City-owned land at 815 S. Riverside Drive across the street from the Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza. 

The development will consist of a Route 66 Interpretive Center, studio and 2-bedroom apartment units, retail and restaurant space, a hotel, and nearly 200 parking spaces.  

“Sharp Development’s proposal was thoughtful, eye-catching and captured everything that our selection committee wanted to see out of these proposals,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “I want to thank everyone who responded to this RFP, and I look forward to seeing the new opportunities this will bring to Tulsa’s riverfront and our beloved Mother Road.”  

Some of what will be in the Interpretive Center includes: 

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with the City of Tulsa on what we believe will be a transformative project along Route 66 and Riverside Drive,” Sharp Development’s Brian Elliott said. “We look forward to sharing our ideas and receiving feedback from our neighbors and all other interested stakeholders. Thank you to the City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity for the foresight in selecting such an important parcel for redevelopment.” 

Following the completion of a development agreement in the coming months, work is expected to be complete in time for the Route 66 Centennial in 2026. 

"This project will showcase what an incredible asset we have in Route 66! I've been impressed with Sharp's familiarity with Riverview and I'm confident they'll continuously go above and beyond to collaborate as a Riverview neighbor,” District 4 City Councilor Kara Joy McKee said. “I'm looking forward to the community conversations to come as we welcome this incredible addition to Tulsa's riverfront.” 

The total project cost is projected to be approximately $25 million, with $5 million in City funds from the 2006 sales tax program.  

“We had so many great ideas and great participants,” District 2 City Councilor Jeannie Cue said. “After weighing in on all ideas, it was a very close decision. The final decision was made on the drawings and the financial stability that was presented. I would like all participants to know we had some wonderful ideas for Tulsa. I hope they will continue participating in this process.” 

Sharp Development and Selser Schaefer Architects have played a role in other Tulsa projects, such as the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Downtown, the Brut Hotel, Mother Road Market, Santa Fe Square, The Boxyard, and others.