Turkey Mountain update: Risking wilderness and taxpayer money on a dubious outlet mall plan

This spot is not the spot for a new mall. What happened to the new Riverwalk Mall in Jenks? It was suppose to be a high end mall, but it failed and the shops emptied. The Muscogee Creek Nation purchased that mall and it is still largely empty. It isn’t far from this proposed site. Turkey Mountain offers something most cities do not have—a large acreage of trails for bikers, hikers and joggers and all within the city of Tulsa. Pretty spectacular for a place like Tulsa and highly unusual for Oklahoma.

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Is this the future of what an outlet mall at Turkey Mountain looks like? The track record for such enterprises isn't that good. Is this the future of what an outlet mall at Turkey Mountain looks like? The track record for such enterprises isn’t that good.

One of the questions that has been raised by some people is what harm could come from building an outlet mall at Turkey Mountain.

Over the past few months, I’ve written about this quite often. The construction of an outlet mall at the proposed location will wipe out many acres of woodlands. It will consume many existing, scenic trails. It will encroach on wildlife habitat. And with the infrastructure expansions that will be necessary to handle the expected traffic at the shopping center, even more trails and woodlands all along 61st Street and Elwood Avenue will be consumed. The mere presence of an outlet mall at the place where Simon Properties wants to build will have a negative impact on all of Turkey Mountain. The destruction…

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