Turkey Mountain update: A bad mall plan’s details are revealed, and it still looks pretty bad

I think this mall will be built, but I’m glad you and others keep fighting. I added next week’s city of Tulsa Planning Review Cmte Meeting to my calender. I’ll have to take off work, but will try to be present. What we have at Turkey Mountain is rare for a city this size. I only know of one other city with a wild area that close to downtown that is large, and that is Discovery Park in Seattle. We must keep all we can with Turkey Mountain.

I work in stream monitoring and wetland assessments. I’m glad you touched on the erosion problems that will happen. I do believe this mall is will be built and if that does indeed happen the next step I’d like to see is is to hammer Simon malls to build with low impact development (LID) for all of the storm water management designs. There should be bioswales to absorb parking lot runoff before that water ever leaves the parking lot; rain gardens strategically placed to absorb and slow runoff water; trees in the parking lot rather than acres of nonpervious pavement. We’re not there yet and hopefully Simon will back out of this mall deal.

Is the city of Tulsa going to widen 61st and add traffic lights? If not, this is a disaster waiting to happen.

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A more detailed plan of Simon Group's plan for an outlet mall at Turkey Mountain. Note just one entry and exit on a two lane road (traffic nightmares), and at the bottom of the map, you'll see that the site butts right up to a ravine. No thanks. A more detailed plan of Simon Group’s plan for an outlet mall at Turkey Mountain. Note just one entry and exit on a two-lane road (traffic nightmares), and at the bottom of the map, you’ll see that the site butts right up to a ravine. No thanks.

The latest news on what’s happening with the outlet mall on Turkey Mountain is twofold: it’s not unexpected, but it’s also very revealing.

The Simon Group recently submitted more detailed plans for its proposed Premium Outlets project that it wants to build on the west side of Turkey Mountain. The site is on a privately held parcel next to the Westside YMCA and undeveloped wild land that is part of the greater Turkey Mountain area.

Simon is promising jobs and shopping. What it wants is permission to build right on top of one of the last urban green spaces left in the city…

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