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    A lot of wheels are starting to turn in Sapulpa these days. The town has been pretty sleepy for the past couple of decades but with the creeping southward growth of Tulsa and the slow influx of new people and voices in the town, big things are starting to happen.

    Here's the most notable driver of change: SeneGence is relocating their corporate HQ to a giant 225 acre piece of land off of I44 in-between Kellyville and Sapulpa. They currently have a small office in Sapulpa and a temporary warehouse in Tulsa, and plan to build out the HQ campus over the next decade.
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    Additionally, there is suddenly an influx of new projects around town, including:
    1. A big new apartment block going in next to Walmart
    2. Refurbishment of 202. E. Hobson St. downtown next to Pat's Place into either new retail space or townhomes. (https://www.google.com/maps/@35.9997...7i13312!8i6656)
    3. Refurbishment of the old garage/gas station across the street from Pat's into what I assume will be retail.
    4. 212 S. Main: A couple of old homes have been demolished and the entire side of that block is being redeveloped. Rumor is that it will just be a strip mall, but at least that is new retail on a Main through-fare that is rapidly developing. (https://www.google.com/maps/@35.9958...7i13312!8i6656)
    5. 1234 9th St. : A bunch of old buildings were cleared off and a new QT is almost done. Huge improvement for Sapulpa's access point to I44 (https://www.google.com/maps/@36.0132...7i13312!8i6656)
    6. They just tore down the old Sapulpa Electric building to put in a downtown parking lot. Not usually a good thing, but if there were going to put parking anywhere, this was probably the best way to do it. (https://www.google.com/maps/@35.9997...7i13312!8i6656)
    7. Ground has been broken on the new animal shelter. I believe it is somewhere around 76th st.


    In addition to those projects, there's a lot of infill house building, house flipping, new tenets in the industrial park, street rehabs in progress, and they are getting ready to redo several intersections along main street which will include pedestrian crossing improvements. I'm sure there's more that I can't remember off the top of my head right now as well.

    It's hard to get a lot of info on some of these projects since developers around here hardly have to prepare renderings or anything, and there's not a lot of good news coverage of our local affairs. I'll try to get out and get some photos this weekend though.

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    Are they sure they've got enough parking for the HQ plan?

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    Got a couple shots from this weekend of some of the projects:

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    New downtown parking lot
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    Still can't tell what this old car service building will become, but the inside is being totally rebuilt and they just tore up the parking lot.
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    New townhomes or store fronts (still can't tell, but I'm guessing townhomes.) Will be interesting to see what happens to the bar next door.
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    New expanded sonic just built on the corner of Dewey & Mission.
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    The old sonic...
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    A recent clearing of old buildings on main street. Possibly to become a strip mall.
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    New SeneGence building built out of an old 1920's hardware store.
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    The big new apartment project underway. Still no vertical construction, but they've been working over the land for the past month or so.
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    A panoramic view of the apartment lot.

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    Developments in Sapulpa have been slow, but things feel like they are ramping up lately.

    The big new apartment project had a large delay, but construction started in earnest a few months ago and they are making steady progress. It will be called Timbers. Eventually they will develop some retail pads in front of it. https://www.tulsaworld.com/business/...2b68a99b1.html

    The Senegence project that I mentioned in the first post is steadily advancing. Construction on utilities to the site is underway, and it has all been annexed into Sapulpa. Senegence's founder completed and moved into a huge new house near the turnpike over the summer.

    Speaking of Senegence, the big project that I'm really excited for in Sapulpa right now is the renovation of three big historic buildings in our downtown core. Senegence/Joni Rogers owns all three and plans to use them as various supporting businesses for the company including office space and a boutique hotel. There has also been talk of a high-end steak house and some kind of cutesy vintage retail/ice cream parlor similar to Ida Red's in DT Tulsa. https://ktul.com/news/local/cosmetic...wntown-sapulpa

    Around town there have been other signs of life. A pediatric clinic is expanding into a brand new large purpose-built building. There's a new strip retail center going up on Main. We're getting an interesting new gas station built by a local entrepreneur that's been the talk of town. Plus lots of infill housing and a few other odds and ends.
    https://www.facebook.com/SapulpaTime...616241?__xts__[0]=68.ARBFsCA69NwUMcxUv1u7dYAGP2XPb2-2P-0LiVLxpq5dhXu5eRifjocFKFNHo9w2pou8YJRo69cd9DKxZLON Rs9_XJCaEBT2hyxp5HlfSN-GzB1WWgqlPGeEDXVlqsvqpr2hjfVqj7NNaZsj2hRcTtpm5Zt5M suHiSa1mlgyeG3dL7pLtsU1MreGDzuePsIORBsYH40CiKR_iBv mrOUBrPweisw&__tn__=-UC-R

    So all in all, not bad for a small town on the very edge of a big metro. My hope is that we continue to lure more quality development this way since Jenks and Glenpool are filling up a lot of their empty spaces.

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    I've always wondered why Sapulpa (and Sand Springs) lack the development of the other Tulsa suburbs like Jenks, Glenpool, Owasso and Broken Arrow. Is it the school district or maybe the more industrial nature of these two cities? Hillier topography making tract home neighborhoods more difficult?

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    It's a lot of little things that add up. Bad leadership and vision led to a lot of prime land being turned into industrial area and mobile home parks. Oakhurst is a real problematic area with massive crime and poverty issues, and it depresses all the area around it.

    There's also a lot of insular politics that tries to keep "outsiders" out. That's why we don't have really any non-fast food chain restaurants in Sapulpa other than a Rib Crib. There's some funny laws around liquor licenses here that are designed to make in unappealing to anyone who want's to come in with a Chili's or something.

    Our highway access looks good on paper, but in reality they have not designed our access points to foster development or even ease of access to Tulsa. It works, but it took forever for even a Quicktrip to locate near our primary I44 entrance. Again, bad leadership and vision.

    The schools aren't great... not terrible, but not great. The high profile meth teacher incident does not help the image.

    All of this is slowly changing, but it will require overflow from Jenks/South Tulsa to really push the hill billy aspects farther West.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shavethewhales View Post
    It's a lot of little things that add up. Bad leadership and vision led to a lot of prime land being turned into industrial area and mobile home parks. Oakhurst is a real problematic area with massive crime and poverty issues, and it depresses all the area around it.

    There's also a lot of insular politics that tries to keep "outsiders" out. That's why we don't have really any non-fast food chain restaurants in Sapulpa other than a Rib Crib. There's some funny laws around liquor licenses here that are designed to make in unappealing to anyone who want's to come in with a Chili's or something.

    Our highway access looks good on paper, but in reality they have not designed our access points to foster development or even ease of access to Tulsa. It works, but it took forever for even a Quicktrip to locate near our primary I44 entrance. Again, bad leadership and vision.

    The schools aren't great... not terrible, but not great. The high profile meth teacher incident does not help the image.

    All of this is slowly changing, but it will require overflow from Jenks/South Tulsa to really push the hill billy aspects farther West.
    Yeah itís crazy that it hasnít pushed that way already. Sapulpa and Sandsprings seems like they are a lot prettier natural setting wise than BA, Jenks, and Owasso. Especially with keystone lake out that direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhiAlpha View Post
    Yeah it’s crazy that it hasn’t pushed that way already. Sapulpa and Sandsprings seems like they are a lot prettier natural setting wise than BA, Jenks, and Owasso. Especially with keystone lake out that direction.
    You could say the same for the east side of the OKC metro yet most of the new development is to the north and west. Wide open fields are always going to be more appealing to developers over hills and trees.

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    Just wanted to give a little update for those who care:

    The big new apartment complex near Walmart is wrapping up construction. They have a cool time-lapse/construction cam here: http://www.cowenconstruction.com/pro...t/the-timbers/

    They are also finally working in earnest on the new strip retail center on Main near downtown. It looks smaller than what was originally proposed.

    They still haven't gotten off the ground with the Senegence project, and it seems that whole thing has been scaled back quite a bit. That was the original source of my excitement for the town, since they billed it as potentially hundreds of new jobs and a kick-start to a bunch of new development on that side of town. They are still working on a big new sewer line to the area, but it hasn't even started construction yet because of design hang-ups.

    Meanwhile though, the owner of Senegence has been investing heavily into Sapulpa's historic buildings. In addition to the several downtown buildings I mentioned earlier in this thread, she now also owns the historic Burnett Mansion. Unfortunately they still haven't started on the downtown renovation projects because they are waiting on some storm water projects to improve drainage around the buildings.

    The good news to report right now is that Sapulpa is getting three new interesting downtown businesses that are really going to breath some life into the historic district. There's a gourmet popcorn/fudge shop, some kind of fancy ice-creamery, and another "mystery" business that are all going to open within the next month or so.

    It's been a lot of delays and slow-moving projects up here, but at least things are rolling along. There are also an impressive amount of new marijuana dispensaries around here, and some kind of new testing business?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shavethewhales View Post
    Just wanted to give a little update for those who care
    As a born and raised Sapulpan living in OKC, I appreciate the updates.

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    I enjoy getting updates about smaller towns in OK. After seeing how cool small towns can be in the west and NE I wish the same would be true for oklahoma. Hopefully the smaller towns make a comeback.

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    Here's a little update, because what the heck:

    New downtown developments include the opening of Gigi's gourmet popcorn and fudge shop. It's actually really nice and I love the popcorn. CTX coffee moved from an out-of-the-way location to a bigger better location in the heart of downtown. The potential new ice cream shop may have fallen through... We're all still waiting on an update for the historic building renovations and new steak house that was promised. No movement on the supposed drainage project that needs to take place first.

    Elsewhere, there are plans for a new subdivision at 81st and Frankoma. Still a number of infil housing developments going on here and there. We've also got a million new dispensaries, an MJ testing center, and apparently a new commercial grow house coming along.

    New clearing at Poplar & Bryan where a couple rent houses used to be. Hard to say if this will be commercial or new residential.


    The strip development on Main is coming along. Should include a new gym and maybe something else.


    New apartments are just about finished. Some buildings already occupied.
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    Just announced last night after I posted: A block of dilapidated downtown buildings are being saved from the wrecking ball and converted into lofts.
    https://sapulpatimes.com/sapulpas-ol...vestment-firm/

    This is a huge win for Sapulpa and another big step forward for our downtown revitalization.

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    Didn't even know about this building but I am VERY glad to hear this.

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