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A Spat Escalates Over Land at 71st and Riverside

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The dispute over river front land near 71st and Riverside takes a new turn. A group opposed to the sale for a development urges Tulsa City Councilors to reverse the deal. The land is called Helmerich Park, in honor of the late Walter Helmerich, who originally sold the land to the city. Mayor Bartlett claims Helmerich supported commercial development there.

The assertion is disputed by former Mayor Terry Young, leading the group opposed to commercially developing the property. He believes Helmerich wanted just the opposite of a large commercial project. The city is asking a judge to clear up legal questions about the land.