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Zoning Changes to Support Bus Rapid Transit in the Works for 11th and Peoria Properties

City of Tulsa/Tulsa Transit

The owner of a handful of properties around 11th Street and Peoria Avenue is taking advantage of a City of Tulsa program to encourage new development near coming bus rapid transit lines.

Group M Investment’s holdings there total almost two acres and include the entire southeast corner. INCOG’s Dwayne Wilkerson said the zoning should be changed from office and commercial uses to pedestrian-focused mixed-use with unlimited building height.

"That unlimited height is consistent with the existing [commercial] zoning that is all along this area," Wilkerson said.

Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commissioner Ted Reeds asked about the potential impact to a landmark adjacent to one parcel.

"This doesn’t affect the Meadow Gold sign, correct?" Reeds said.

"No, it does not," Wilkerson said.

"OK. That’s all I want to know."

After consultants told city officials dense, walkable development could help support rapid bus service, the City of Tulsa came up with a program to let landowners along the route request zoning changes free of charge.

The 18-mile Peoria Avenue route for the bus line, which has been dubbed Aero, is scheduled to start running next year.