More downtown housing coming online in '07

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If you're wondering what's happening with all the proposals for downtown Tulsa housing, I've come across a couple of websites that you should keep an eye on:

Mayo 420, the Mayo Building (not the hotel) on the northwest corner of 5th and Main, built in 1910 as a five-story office building, then expanded to ten stories in 1917. Occupancy expected in mid- to late 2007.

Mayo Lofts, in the Mayo Hotel, whose first floor is already in use as a special events space and retail and office space. Occupancy expected in summer 2007. This website has floorplans and computer-generated concept "photos." The units will range from a 700-square-foot studio to a 3,000-square-foot three bedroom unit with a staircase linking two levels.

Then there's the Philtower, where the top nine floors are being converted to apartments. According to the website, it's fully leased.

I can't find a website for Michael Sager's First Street Lofts, but here's a Journal Record story from earlier in the year, which also mentions his project on Brady Street, and a sidebar about Michael Newman's Fairview Lofts, just north of the IDL across the street from the Tulsa County Election Board.

If you know of any websites about similar projects around downtown or surrounding neighborhoods, please post a comment.

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S. Lee said:

And any day now, your favorite newspaper will attribute all of this to the designer arena and Shopping Spree 2025 which they (your favorite newspaper) had the infinite wisdom to support and sell -- contratry to the infinite short sightedness and general dufus-ness of its detractors (such as one M. Bates and Co.). Any day now. Look for it.

Shadow6 said:

Sounds great, but where do you buy your groceries downtown?

Second, how do you get a shopping cart or two full of chow to a 9th floor apartment? I have always thought it would be cool to live in Liberty Towers, or a place like that, but the practical aspect of just getting groceries into the home is a bit daunting.

the A team said:

Thank you for mentioning Michael Newman's Fairview Loft development. I would like to see more incentives given to small developers like this who are committed to historical preservation while providing affordable housing for median or working class income earners. It would be a much better use of tax dollars and benefit more taxpayers overall than government subsidized luxury housing for a small percentage of ultra wealthy taxpayers.

Your previous post about the thriving small independent development occcuring in the northeast area downtown was a breath of fresh air. It was a relief to learn that this area will not be affected by a proposed downtown ballpark/retail development. Keep up the good work.

Jeff Shaw Author Profile Page said:

Really do need a market downtown. I wish I had some capital and kahunas. On the corner at main and 5th there is the abandoned Ike's Chili, formerly Billy's. That would make a great corner market.

As far as getting groceries up to a loft - When you live in the city and everything is in walking distance, you buy what you need, when you need it. And any good city market would deliver downtown.

David Dees said:

As far as high rise living, I lived in Liberty Tower for 3 years on the 20th floor before moving into a loft in the central downtown area. I used a small wire cart to bring my groceries from the parking garage up to my unit on those times that I had a lot of stuff which was maybe once a month. It wasn't a big deal at all. I can't talk up downtown living enough. I love it.

Brian Ritter said:
This is the offical page for the Jacob's Hotel loft project.

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