Brady boom: What's coming
A variety of projects are under way in the Brady District, with more likely to come in the coming months. Here is a list of some major undertakings.
A perspective view of the Hardesty Arts Center which will house the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa.
The Hardesty Arts Center
101 E. Archer St.
The Hardesty Arts Center will become home to the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, although the organization will also continue to host programming at Harwelden. This $18.3 million project features a brand-new, four-story building to be completed in December. It will have 42,000 square feet of gallery space, art classrooms and artists’ studios. The center eventually will feature “artists in residence from all over the world,” says Kathy McRuiz, Hardesty Arts Center director. There will be workshops, lectures and programming for all ages.
Brady District Flats
Northwest corner of Archer Street and Boston Avenue
A $8.5 million, four-story, 40-unit building with an underground parking lot aimed at downtown workers desiring affordable living options close to work. The expected completion date is summer 2013.
Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites – Brady Hotel and Retail Center
111 N. Main St.
Expected to be finished at the end of September at a cost of around $10.2 million, this four-story building will have 11,500 square feet of retail space on the lower level, with 104 hotel rooms on the upper three levels. It will also have a restaurant and lounge as tenants on the premises, says Greg Oliphant, a managing member of the franchisee group.
“The timing is right for this kind of hotel because of the emerging attractions,” he says.
Griffin Communications Media Center
303 N. Boston Ave.
A 57,000-square-foot project coming in at a cost of around $11.8 million, this building, projected to be complete in late 2012, will house operations of the CBS affiliate KOTV The News on 6 and other Griffin outlets. The facility will have a 32-well geothermal field under its parking lot to reduce environmental impact.
“We are proud to build the new broadcast facility in downtown Tulsa because we strongly believe that a TV station should be in the heart of the community it serves,” says David Griffin, Griffin Communications chairman and CEO.
110-124 E. Brady St.
Funded to the tune of $18 million by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, this old building is getting a total makeover so it can house Philbrook Museum of Art’s satellite location and the Zarrow Center for Arts and Education, which will serve The University of Tulsa School of Art and TU-managed Gilcrease Museum. The project’s expected completion date is March 2013.
The Metro at Brady Arts District
10 E. Archer St.
Located next to the Tribune Lofts, this $12 million project was completed in January and provides 75 upscale living units, a pool and a parking garage.
Robinson Packer Lofts
210 N. Main St.
This $2 million project, completed last year, converted the top two floors of the building into 12 apartment lofts for Teach for America educators.
307 E. Brady St.
A $1.6 million project created eight loft apartments for TFA educators, again funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF). The lofts opened in August 2009.
105 N. Detroit Ave.
Brickhugger LLC took $5.5 million to create 16 loft apartments, some occupied by TFA educators, as well as other professionals and artists. The residential portion opened in 2010, with retail portions, including the new Archer Market grocery, opening in 2012.
Elgin Street to Boston Avenue on Brady Street, around Brady Park, the intersection of Elgin Avenue and Archer Street to the railroad tracks and the Mathews Warehouse.
Begun last fall, this GKFF project will beautify 12 blocks with trees, LED pedestrian and street lights, wider sidewalks and new traffic lights at Detroit and Cincinnati avenues at Brady Street.
111 E. Brady St.
Another GKFF project under construction, the park will include gardens, a pavilion, stage, canopy, fountain, trellis and café. It will sit on 120 geothermal wells that will help heat and cool the Mathews Warehouse and Hardesty Arts Center.
Boulder Avenue Bridge
Under construction, this $8.2 million City of Tulsa project, when completed, will accommodate pedestrian traffic as well as rubber tire trolleys and rail streetcars.
Oklahoma Pop Museum
A total of $40 million in state-authorized bonds have been announced for this Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) project, which celebrates pop culture. Later, in April or early May, OHS will present an architectural pre-design to the state Legislature mapping out the design elements, operation expenses, square footage, site analysis and schedule of the project, OHS Director Dr. Bob Blackburn says. Bank of Oklahoma has offered to donate a site near North Cincinnati Avenue and East Archer Street that would be home to the statewide museum.