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Where is the Downtown Deco District?

Deco District Downtown (Defined) On the north, 1st Street. On the south, 8th Street. On the east, Cincinatti.  On the west, Denver.

What is the purpose of the Downtown Deco District (Tulsa, OK)?

The purpose or purposes for which the Deco District Downtown Association (the “Association”) is organized are: to engage in activities permitted to be carried on to promote the common business interest of its members and not to engage in a regular business of a kind ordinarily carried on for a profit. The purpose of the Association is to foster, promote, maintain and encourage the civic, social, residential, commercial and industrial welfare of the Deco District Downtown area through cooperation among property owners and tenants, promotion of Deco District Downtown, programming and management of special events and ongoing services and practices which enhance the desirability of Deco District Downtown to the general public. The Association will preserve, protect and enhance the character of the Deco District Downtown District. The Association exists to promote consistency and vibrancy in the District by encouraging members to maintain standard hours of operation that are conducive to creating a thriving dining, entertainment and retail experience for consumers. The Association is empowered to hire appropriate persons to assure the coordinated and competent management and operation of Deco District Downtown. The Association shall disseminate information to its members, cooperate with public officials, address public issues and policies affecting Deco District Downtown and advocate desired physical improvements and transportation and planning policies through appearance before submission of information directly to the committees, or individual members of Congress or any legislative body of a State, a possession of the United States, or a political subdivision of any of the foregoing, with the purpose of making the Deco District Downtown area a more attractive and inviting place and a more accessible place to the general public.

Additional information about the Tulsa Downtown Deco District:

TULSA, Ok. – Downtown Tulsa’s largest developer intends to make the 5th and Boston area the Deco District. Fears and Clark Realty works as a leasing agent for Kanbar Properties and they want to make the area a night time destination. Braxton Fears says, “The central part of downtown, this deco district down here is going to have a little bit of a different feel to it. It’s going to appeal to a different type of consumer, but I feel like they’ll complement each other.” Fears says Kanbar wants retail on the street level of buildings like the Philcade, one of a dozen buildings Kanbar owns in the heart of downtown Tulsa.

There’s a new effort to kickstart development in what’s being called “The Deco District,” part of downtown Tulsa’s central core. See a preview of the plan “People want to be where people are, so we’re going after places that draw a crowd,” said Clay Clark, of Fears & Clark Realty. They’re focusing on the streets around 5th and Boston, what they call the Deco District, believing it can become a night time destination, with fancy restaurants and entertainment that’s different than elsewhere downtown.

“The central part of downtown, this deco district is going to have a little different feel to it, it’s going to attract a little different kind of consumer, but I think they’ll complement each other,” said Braxton Fears, of Fears & Clark Realty. 11/1/2010 Related Story: Tulsa Business To Offer One-Stop Shopping For Wedding Planning Fears and Clark work as leasing agents for Kanbar properties, representing buildings like the Philcade.  Kanbar owns one third of the office buildings downtown and wants retail on the street level in all of them. “And so we’re really wanting to restore a vibrancy to this area to make the residential more compelling and the office space more compelling,” Clark said.

Jeremy Auld is grateful to have someone else interested in the area. He opened Elote’ two and a half years ago and hope other restaurants will follow his lead and stay open for more than just lunch. “We’d love to see go and stay open nights, maybe serve some alcohol, something to add to the night life in the Deco District,” Auld said.

The newly formed Deco District in Downtown Tulsa got a nod of approval Thursday from a Portland, Oregon developer. Many city planners consider Portland one of the country’s best models for urban development. At the Deco District Neighborhood Association’s monthly meeting, Debbie Thomas told the group they’re on the right track. “I think you’re going to have a great revitalization coming here with the wealth of buildings you have,” Thomas explained to 2NEWS after the meeting. The group chose the Deco District as the name of the new entertainment district, to reference the area’s historic Art Deco buildings.

“We have the Brady District and the Blue Dome District, but the center of Downtown had no real name. I think it’s very important now that we’re going to have that,” said Macy Snyder, who runs the Mayo Hotel. About a dozen members belong to the new neighborhood association, including the Mayo Hotel, the Philtower and Elote Cafe.

“Our goal is to show people the Deco District is happening, so people are coming outside of the neighborhood to come see us,” said Elote owner Libby Auld. Clay Clark, marketer heading up the Downtown Deco District says his company is working to bring new restaurants, even a dinner theater to the Deco District. Business owners are also working on a plan to keep more shops open during the evening.

The group’s next step is to launch the Deco District website and set a date for the kick-off party.

KRMG Local News

Deco District Due Downtown

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Don Bishop

@ November 5, 2010 5:22 AM

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TULSA, Ok. – Downtown Tulsa’s largest developer intends to make the 5th and Boston area the Deco District. Fears and Clark Realty works as a leasing agent for Kanbar Properties and they want to make the area a night time destination. Braxton Fears says, “The central part of downtown, this deco district down here is going to have a little bit of a different feel to it. It’s going to appeal to a different type of consumer, but I feel like they’ll complement each other.” Fears says Kanbar wants retail on the street level of buildings like the Philcade, one of a dozen buildings Kanbar owns in the heart of downtown Tulsa. (Photo courtesy News On 6)