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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

December 1, 2022

Kirkpatrick Heights – Greenwood Master Plan Update

  Over the last 12 months, the City of Tulsa, PartnerTulsa and an 11-member Leadership Committee have been involved in a community-led planning process to create a vision and framework for the redevelopment of 56-acres…
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December 1, 2022

Resources for Broken Real Estate

  Abandoned manufacturing plants. Boarded up commercial corridors. Empty office buildings. Cities and owners alike struggle with the burden of broken real estate, or brownfields. We bring real expertise – and free services – to…
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October 17, 2022

Final Public Review Sought for Final Draft of Kirkpatrick Heights-Greenwood Master Plan

Tulsa residents have one last opportunity to provide feedback on the Final Draft Plan of the Kirkpatrick Heights-Greenwood Master Plan.   Over the last 12 months, the City of Tulsa, PartnerTulsa and an 11-member Leadership…
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Casey Stowe
SVP, Finance & Real Estate casey@partnertulsa.org (918)-269-0543