- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Backers of a proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture have submitted a development plan to a Tulsa agency that is seeking possible uses for a tract of land across from a downtown ballpark.

Oklahoma Historical Society executive director Bob Blackburn said Monday that OKPOP, as the museum is known, had submitted the plan to the Tulsa Development Authority.

The authority owns a vacant lot across the street from ONEOK Field. The lot is one of two locations that have been publicly identified as possible sites for the museum. The Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1ro0am5 ) reports that the other location is a parking lot used by Bank of Oklahoma employees.

“Our approach right now is this one is worthy of strong consideration,” Blackburn said. “But we want to have this conversation with the city of Tulsa, the arts community there, the other property owners in the Brady and find out if this is the best location, not just for the museum, but for the Brady (District) and for Tulsa.”

OKPOP Museum Director Jeff Moore said the land’s proximity to a nearby ballpark would provide good foot traffic for the museum.

Moore said that the bank location is close to the Woody Guthrie Center and other arts facilities, but is also close to railroad tracks that present a noise issue.

The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement has permission to issue $25 million in bonds to finance the museum, which will support itself.

Construction of the museum is expected to start in 2017. It’s set to open by 2019.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com


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