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Tulsa Transit Preparing to Kick off Process of Repurposing Denver Avenue Station

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Tulsa Transit could start the process of repurposing Denver Avenue Station as soon as next month by choosing a firm to help figure out where a new downtown transit hub should go.

The Arena District master plan recommended turning the site into offices, parking and residential units. Tulsa Transit's adminstrative offices may relocate there from the Pearl District, too.

"Our offices here takes up some space. If we could relieve the space here, provides more bus parking. Also, this is an almost 45-year-old building. At some point, it’s cheaper to get a new building than it is to fix this one," Tulsa Transit General Manage Ted Rieck said during a board meeting last week.

While the Vision Tulsa sales tax included funding for the study, Rieck wants to pay for it with federal coronavirus relief funds instead.

"This would be CARES funded. This would, I think, be eligible for Vision funding, but we’re trying to conserve Vision funding for actual operations of Vision services, like the next [bus rapid transit]," Rieck said.

A study on a new location for a downtown transit hub could take a year to produce. The entire Denver Avenue Station repurposing is expected to take four to eight years.

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