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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.

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Casey Stowe
SVP, Finance & Real Estate casey@partnertulsa.org (918)-269-0543