Veteran Services USA Withdraws Zoning Request for Tulsa Hotel Redevelopment
Organizers behind plans to redevelop the vacant Crowne Plaza hotel near East 81st Street and South Lewis Avenue withdrew their zoning request before Tulsa City Council could take action on Wednesday. The project has encountered some opposition, and organizers now plan to spend time discussing why it would benefit the city.
Veteran Services USA, the developers, sent a letter to city council ahead of the meeting asking that a potential vote be postponed until next month. In the letter, they claimed that the recent purchase of the property was where their attention was focused and that they needed more time to prepare for the meeting.
There was no guarantee that the request would be accepted, so the organizers ultimately decided to withdraw the request.
Veteran Services USA Senior Advisor and Board Member David Webb released the following statement to News On 6:
“Last week Veteran Services USA took a major step forward with the purchase of 10 legacy hotel properties in cities across the United States, including Tulsa, for a total real estate portfolio of $ 230 million. We believe it is important to actively listen to the community as a whole and withdrawing our candidacy leaves more time for these discussions. Today we had the opportunity to visit several members of the city council and we appreciate their time to listen to our plans. In the coming weeks, more conversations are needed between business and civic leaders, the Muscogee Nation, surrounding residential neighborhoods, Oklahoma veterans organizations, and the elderly. With their comments and contributions, Veteran Services USA is committed to revitalizing the property with a significant capital investment and providing the best programming to serve seniors and veterans of the greater Tulsa area. As the new community hotel operator under the national Radisson Hotels brand, we look forward to connecting with Tulsa Regional Tourism and the Metro Tulsa Hotel and Lodging Association to support Tulsa’s new Tourism Improvement District.
The vacant hotel’s redevelopment plans include affordable housing for older veterans on some floors, while others would function as a traditional Radisson hotel. In addition, the space in the conference center would be converted into an adult day care center.
Some people living in the area have signed petitions and letters opposing the project.
The rezoning request will now have to be resubmitted. The organizers have not indicated when the process will begin.