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Bringing Life to a Historic Site

Located on E. 8th Street and S. Rockford Avenue, the Laura Dester site – once home to the Tulsa Boys Home – faced years of uncertainty following its acquisition by the City of Tulsa to support long-term stormwater facility planning in the Pearl District. Following multiple failed development proposals, PartnerTulsa, along with the Tulsa Development Authority, partnered with Amenome, LLC. and developer Kevin Rice to breathe life back into a site that will anchor one of the largest developments in the Pearl District.

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Laura Dester Redevelopment

Upon completion, the $14 million development will include 72 apartment units in the five existing buildings, as well as a new, three-story, 18,000-square-foot retail/office building and 10-15 townhomes.

Project Overview

A historic redevelopment of the former site of the Tulsa Boys Home will yield 72 affordable apartment units.
Phase 1
Negotiation and Sale
Partner Tulsa and Amenome Development have completed contract negotiations on the Redevelopment Agreementand the property has transferred ownership.
Phase 2
Construction
The site is currently under construction/redevelopment with an expected completion date in early 2023.
Phase 3
Pre-leasing and Project Completion
The property will be conducting pre-leasing beginning in late 2022 and expects to move in its first tenants beginning in March of 2023.

The Stories That Inspire Us

June 17, 2022

New Initiative to Break Link Between Housing Instability and Incarceration

Tulsa has been selected as one of four communities/entities to participate in the launch of the Just Home Project, a national program launched by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Urban Institute…
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April 29, 2022

Oasis Fresh Market: Paving the Way Towards a Better Tulsa

North Tulsa’s food desert prompted the City to partner with the local community, non-profit organizations, and the local Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI). The neighborhood now has its own 16,425 sq. ft state-of-the-art grocery store…
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April 25, 2022

Be Well Community Corporation Receives $513,000 Grant to Launch Homebuyer Program for North Tulsans

Be Well Community Corporation has been awarded $513,000 from the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund to launch the North Tulsa Forward Program. The program will offer free, virtual financial literacy and home-buying educational courses, as…
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Casey Stowe
SVP, Development Finance and Strategic Investment casey@partnertulsa.org