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Eyesore no more: Derelict domiciles demolished north of river


The rock house with its one-of-a-kind metal fencing sat empty for nearly a decade until Tuesday when a bulldozer razed it along with several other derelict buildings near the intersection of Charles Page Boulevard and W. 65th Avenue.

“The Tulsa County Health Department has been aware of this issue for years but simply doesn’t have the funds to address all of the buildings that need to be demolished,” said John Baker, long-time manager of engineering services for the TCHD.  “But, J.D. Smith (who owns land nearby) approached Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith who helped us move this along in putting together the grant so we had the $46,000 to proceed.  Claudia Brierre at INCOG was also helpful in getting the federal grant.”

The property is owned by Philip Wright who has been out of the country but is happy that the land is now cleared, Baker said.

Many people and organizations showed interest in obtaining the materials from the unique fence made out of oil-drilling equipment pieces including steel sucker-rods and drill-rods, said Baker.  However, Wright’s father (who had worked for the Sand Springs Rail Road) installed the fence by heating up the spear-tip of the metal and literally forging it in concrete and so it is not feasible to get it out in a re-usable manner.


By Tracy LeGrand of the Tulsa County News

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Workers demolish derelict house

Workers demolish derelict house


It took almost five years, but a derelict house in the 6300 block of Charles Page Boulevard, which had because a health and safety hazard, is gone.

As part of a Tulsa County cleanup project, a shovel excavator Tuesday afternoon knocked down the structure near Ziegler Park

J.D. Smith, Charles Page Neighborhood Association president, said the group started lobbying government agencies in August, 2006.

Smith said the house was originally built for an official of the Sand Springs Home in the 1920s.

“As time went by, it became run down,” Smith said. “It (the building) was a nasty place. It was empty for awhile and homeless people moved in. They absolutely trashed it.”

At first, the group approached the City of Tulsa only to find out the property was in an unincorporated part of Tulsa County. Then the group found out the county did not have the authority to condemn the unplatted piece of property.

“County Commissioner Karen Keith had them change the law so the county had the authority,” Smith said.

Tulsa County and the Tulsa City-County Health Department both worked on the  project. Cherokee Pride Construction was selected to do the demolition and site cleanup work at a cost of $46,000.00. The project is being paid for by an Urban County Community Development Block Grant coordinated by INCOG (Indian Nations Council of Governments), officials said.

“This has been a long time coming, and we are grateful the home owner cooperated in the demolition of this specific property,” Keith said. “It takes the passion of homeowners like J.D. Smith and Don Comstock to maintain the vitality of our neighborhoods.”

In addition to the demolition, Tulsa County will sponsor a fall cleanup effort to allow area residents to clear debris that has accumulated over time.

Flyers will be distributed by the County announcing the time of the cleanup and location of the dumpsters, Michael Willis, county spokesman, said.


By Paul Waldschmidt of the Sand Springs Leader

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