Realizing that appropriate commercial, retail and residential development is important, I have worked to bring all of them into District 6, and will continue to look for development that enhances our part of the city, while protecting it from inappropriate development. I have attended regular meetings with members of the Home Builders Association and continue to meet commercial, retail and residential developers to discuss projects.
One of those major projects was the proposed Horizon Outlet Mall. I focused on removing the roadblocks and getting this project on a solid track. It took a lot of work to bring it through the TIF process, but that was accomplished and the council approved it in December 2015. It was heartbreaking when they informed the city they were unable to secure enough premium tenants to move forward.
However, it is still a prime location and still a priority for me. That’s why I continue to work with the property owner and meet with developers for this site. Additionally, I have worked with developers for new homes and apartments, for repurposing struggling retail areas, for new hotels, and for additional development. I have worked hard to promote our district and I'm beginning to see some real interest in District 6.
I will continue to focus on bringing commercial, retail and other appropriate development to District 6. Tulsa can not continue to bleed revenue to the neighboring communities. It is my goal to give our district the retail corridor it desperately needs, and I have a plan.