North Tulsa Economic  Development Initiative

Rebuilding North Tulsa One Project at a Time

Community Concerns / Cherokee Nation Special Exception Request - Continuance Granted 6/28/22

INITIAL HEARING DATE: 05/24/2022 - Continuance Granted


TIME: 1:00 PM

APPLICANT: Nathan Cross

ACTION REQUESTED: Special Exception to allow a Public, Civic & Institutional/Governmental Service or

Similar Functions Use in the CS district. (Sec. 15.020, Table 15-2)

LOCATION: Northeast corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard & East Pine Street ZONED: CS

PRESENT USE: Commercial Center

This communication is being shared to let the public know, what is being proposed. NTEDi members have reviewed the backup Agenda documentation and we have been working to get a response; factual response related to the concerns that have been shared. There continues to be ongoing discussions regarding an upcoming zoning request from Cherokee Nation.

Provided is what is currently being proposed:

SPECIAL EXCEPTION REQUEST: The Cherokee Nation (the "Tribe") has a large and growing population of tribal members within the Tulsa metropolitan area. The Subject Property would allow for a fully-functioning courtroom and affiliated activities including offices for the Attorney General of the Cherokee Nation and staff. The operation of this court would allow for a variety of legal cases to be handled in a more streamlined and timely fashion for all parties involved.

11.7 CONCLUSION To accommodate the foregoing proposed uses, the Applicant respectfully requests that a Special Exception be granted to allow Government Service or Similar Functions in a CS district pursuant to Table 15-2 of the City of Tulsa Zoning Code. lf this request were to be granted, the Subject Property would undergo significant rehabilitation including repair of long-term issues such as roof replacement as well as landscaping and exterior updating. The updating combined with the large amount of daily activity at the site will operate to continue to drive traffic to the intersection of North Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Pine Street and will help provide the impetus for continued increased economic activity in North Tulsa.

Although, there currently is a petition circulating to prevent a jail and/or correctional facility establishment at the North Pointe site. It is our understanding that this would provide the ability to have a new government service location that would provide office space to be utilized to complete administrative type of work (Court Documents, Notary, etc.). It is our understanding that there is no intention to locate a Jail and/or Correctional Facility at the site location. However, it is important that we remain diligent to ensure that a jail, correctional facilities and/or holding cells are not located in the North Tulsa community.

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MLK Parade Day - 2022

NTEDi along with Tulsans honored Dr. Martin Luther King, during the MLK Parade held January 17, 2022. 

The most famous person to utter the phrase "The fierce urgency of now." was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He
 used the phrase the fierce urgency of now on at least two memorable occasions. The first was the “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial on the Washington, D.C. National Mall. The second was his “Beyond Vietnam” sermon of April 1967, given at Riverside Church in New York City.

City of Tulsa, leaders launch Kirkpatrick Heights Greenwood Master Plan

City of Tulsa, leaders launch Kirkpatrick Heights Greenwood Master Plan
Photo by: KJRH
Posted at 11:05 AM, Aug 17, 2021
and last updated 11:05 AM, Aug 17, 2021

TULSA, Okla. — The City of Tulsa and various other Tulsa leaders announced they have selected Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) to develop the Kirkpatrick Heights/Greenwood Master Plan in a Tuesday morning press conference.

The Master Plan has a major redevelopment strategy to guide the growth of 56 acres of land in and around Greenwood.

Some key project goals of the Master Plan include:

  • Preserving and celebrating the legacy of Historic Black Wall Street and the spirit of African American entrepreneurship
  • Introducing much-needed housing that limits fears of displacement, including being affordable to all income levels
  • Bridging physical divides through improvements for a pedestrian-friendly environment, enhanced transit connections, and visual access
  • Creating a network of public spaces that tells the stories of the neighborhood...

NTEDi Angels Made the Holiday Brighter for Families

It's good to give back, because we all have something to give. A special 'Thank You," to all the Angels who purchased and/or volunteered during the December 17, 2021 NTEDi Angel Tree Distribution event held at the Shoppes on Peoria in Tulsa, OK.

Community Volunteers - Peoria Clean Up
Saturday, September 25, & Friday, December 3, 2021 

Alfresco Group Groundbreaking - Stradford21  Hotel
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
9:00 am - 9:45 am

Alfresco Group’s announcement of Phase I development of a new boutique hotel property, the Stradford21 hotel. This significant property will commemorate J.B. Stradford and the original hotel at 301 N. Greenwood that was destroyed in the 1921 Race Massacre. At the time, it was the largest Black-owned and operated, black-guest-only hotel in America. The company will break ground on the hotel in September, followed by other developments in the future. The expected date of completion is March 2023. 

The groundbreaking will be held at the Southwest corner of 36th North MLKB, directly across from Westview Clinic.


$75 million development planned for north Tulsa with city support

NTEDi has supported and backed this project since the day of inception.
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — For decades, 22 acres of lush hills and valleys sat vacant as part of north Tulsa died from lack of development. Antoine Harris and his company, Alfresco Development, have a plan in place to develop a hotel and two mixed-use retail buildings at 36th Street North and MLK Jr. Boulevard.
Click link to view KTUL Channel 8 News Reporting: 75 Million Development Planned for North Tulsa...

City of Tulsa Approves TIF for 36th North MLK Blvd. 

NTEDi Members Advocacy and support of the Alfresco Group LLC, TIF is paying off, and will results in benefits to the north Tulsa community!

TULSA, Oklahoma -

The Tulsa City Council has approved $16-million to develop land near East 36th Street North and MLK Jr. Boulevard. The city is making it a Tax Increment Finance District (TIF).

The money will be used to create a multi-use building that includes residential units, a hotel and retail space.

The $16-million to help pay for the project will come from taxes, but the entire development comes with a $ 75-million price tag.

Tulsa-based developer Alfresco Group will be in charge of the project when it breaks ground in September of 2021.

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” 
– Jackie Robinson

Become Involved in NTEDi

NTEDi members nurtured an idea conceived more than twelve (12) years ago in north Tulsa. Former City of Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and north Tulsa residents who saw it beneficial to pursue works collectively to improve Retail/Business Development, Housing/Homeownership, Education,Workforce Development and Marketing efforts in 

North Tulsa.

NTEDi ASSET News Report


  • When: August 14, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Pine Premier Child Care, 518 E. Pine Street

Once again the North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative (NTEDi) is helping families prepare for back-to-school by distributing school supplies – including headphones to assist with digital learning – with a special drive-thru event. Hosted on Aug. 14, 2021, from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., the 17th annual North Tulsa Back 2 School Parent/Community Enrichment event takes place in the parking lot of Pine Premier Child Care, 518 E. Pine Street, Tulsa.

Co-sponsored by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa Public Schools, and Pine Premier Child Care, the event focuses on providing educational information and building strong partnerships with parents, stakeholders and concerned citizens.

“We will host this as a drive-thru event to minimize contact and make this a safe event as far as social distancing,” said Dr. Lana Turner-Addison, president of the North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative. “This North Tulsa tradition may look a little different, but it’s still a great opportunity for parents, teachers and the community to become engaged in the education of our children. We look forward to helping our students and families prepare for the 2021-22 school year.”

In addition to providing traditional school supplies like spiral notebooks and pencils, back-to-school items this year will also include facemasks and headphones.  “We recognize that many students will benefit from having headphones as they complete their homework, which will allow them to remain focused on learning,” said Turner-Addison. “Headphones will help limit the distractions if they have siblings or other family members at home while they are engaged in schoolwork.”

Parents are urged to call ahead at 918-534-6884 and reserve back-to-school supplies for their children.

NTEDi continues to accept sponsorships of the North Tulsa Back 2 School Parent/Community Enrichment event. Please contact NTEDi at or call 918-534-6884 for sponsorship information.

Our goal is to continually provide educational information and build strong partnerships with parents, stakeholders and concerned citizens supporting the McLain feeder pattern schools. The “Back 2 School” event provides an avenue for bringing the community together to receive and discuss information regarding Tulsa Public Schools offerings and educational enrichment services provided by our community schools.

We are pleased to share that we were able to provide 350 Headphones and school supplies to families who attended our NTEDi Back to School event held at Pine Premier Child Care on Saturday 8/14/2021. We also where able to provide face masks and hand sanitizers to students and families.

Special Thank You, to all Volunteers!

Centennial Black Wall Street Heritage Parade 
Heritage, History, Hope

NTEDi honored Mr. Simon Berry at the Centennial Black Wall Street Heritage Parade on May 29, 2021.  

Honoring our ancestor who lost their homes, business, community and/or their life during the 1921 Massacre.

Black Wall Street and Beyond

Rebuilding North Tulsa One Project at a Time

The North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative (NTEDi) a nonprofit 501 (C) (3) is organized to provide leadership for the north Tulsa community based on economic development endeavors, and to improve the wellbeing and quality of life for individuals in the community. NTEDi provides a continuous source of vision, inspiration, innovation and constructive influence in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Key projects and the work of NTEDi are focused on Creating, Investing, and Advocating to Build Wealth in the north Tulsa community, as we support businesses in the community. NTEDi is also focused on promoting quality housing and homeownership in north Tulsa. NTEDi continues to work with the Tulsa community, partners and stakeholders to develop, lead and promote the many great assets in north Tulsa, such as: Good Highway access, 36th Street North Corridor Area, Higher Education beyond high school, Close proximity to downtown, Gilcrease Museum, Land available for development, Neighborhood Schools, Shoppes on Peoria, and the Peoria Connection (Corridor).  NTEDi is committed to operating with the highest standard of integrity and serve a as a model for the responsible management and use of human and financial resources.

Did You Know NTEDi Membership Matter?

NTEDi Regular Scheduled Meetings are open to the public. Only members are recognized by the President to speak at meetings and make announcements. However, a request may be granted by president, if non-member made the request 5 days prior to NTEDi Regular Scheduled Meeting. The bylaws nor Robert Rules of Orders extends voting or speaking at meetings privileges to non-members. However, meetings will remain open to public and new attendees may be asked to introduce themselves. For more information, refer to RONR 10th ed. pp. 255, 625. Nonmembers have no rights to the actions taken at meetings (communication shared at NTEDi Meeting June 8, 2015).