View Full Version : More DT development: GreenArch (Greenwood and Archer)

07-17-2012, 01:25 PM
Another (approximate) 10m dollars invested in Downtown...this time in Greenwood next to the ballpark....

GreenArch brings apartments, retail to Greenwood

BY ROBERT EVATT World Staff Writer
Saturday, July 14, 2012
7/14/2012 5:26:47 AM

More than 80 years have passed since the historic Greenwood district has seen new buildings go up, says Reuben Gant, executive director of the Greenwood Chamber.

"For a long time, there's been no development, just renovation of what was there," he said.

That's all changing with the construction of GreenArch, a $9.5 million project that will combine 70 affordable apartments with nearly 9,500 square feet of retail space on the southwest corner of Archer Street and Greenwood Avenue, across the street from ONEOK Field.

Construction began late last month and should be finished within a year, according to GreenArch LLC, the development entity that includes the Hille Foundation and Greenwood Community Development Corp.

Kajeer Yar, counsel for the Hille Foundation, said the construction stands out from many of the other downtown projects because it's completely funded by private money, rather than using tax incentives or grants.

"We're proud of the fact that we were able to do this with no public funds," he said.

About 86 percent of the $9.5 million is via a bank loan, with the rest from the Hille Foundation, a private Tulsa-based development organization formed in 1997 by Jo Bob and Mary Ann Hille, Yar said.

Another financial goal of GreenArch is to keep rents down. To do that, the developers have worked closely with Manhattan Construction to reduce costs, and became part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development multifamily mortgage guarantee program.

Brian Freese, principal of Freese Architecture, the designer of GreenArch, stressed that the development is not rent-controlled or income-based.

"We wanted to build a place for the working people in downtown, something they can afford," he said.

Rents are expected to be at or near $1 per square foot, with the studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments ranging from 700 to 1,300 square feet.

Freese said the units are designed with tall ceilings, contemporary materials, clean lines and large windows for an expansive feel.

Six of the 18 two-bedroom units will be two-level. Another six will be "live/work" units that are extra-deep and tailored for artists, craftsmen or other professionals who would want to have shop space where they live, Yar said.

"They're designed in a way that the professional could have a shop or office in the front, with a separate living space in the back," he said.

The 9,500 square feet of pure retail space does not yet have confirmed tenants, although Gant said GreenArch representatives are talking to a regional restaurant group.

"You want something that fits in the area, like Fat Guys Burger Bar or Abears Restaurant does," he said.

The exterior of the building will mix brick masonry on the lower sections with vertical patterns of cement board up above - a design that Freese said will balance old and new.

"We want a look that's respectful of the historic nature of the district but isn't parroting," he said. "We want it to have its own unique feel."

Gant said the Greenwood Community Development Corp. had been pursuing such a development for quite a while.

Originally, it was set to be on land the corporation once held immediately to the north, which is now part of ONEOK Field. The Tulsa Development Authority, original owners of the land where GreenArch is under construction, instituted a land swap in 2009 to clear the way for the ballpark's construction.

Yar and others hope the development is just the beginning for the area.

"We'd like to think GreenArch signifies the growth and potential for the Greenwood district," he said.

07-17-2012, 01:36 PM
Just realized this had already been mentioned in another thread...sorry.

07-17-2012, 03:33 PM
Not at all Chautauqua, I think this one deserves a separate thread, along with OnePlace probably.