New Berryhill development gets green light

Tulsa County Commissioners are to be commended for reconsidering a new commercial development in Southwest Tulsa and overturning an earlier zoning board decision.

The proposed Plaza 41 development on the northwest corner of West 41st Street and 57th West Avenue was stymied when the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission denied a zoning amendment in July on a split vote.  The proposed 10-acre development would have a retail store – possibly a general merchandise store – along with several other buildings.

Opponents of the development presented zoning commissioners with a petition signed by more than 100 persons.  Tulsa County News reporter Sarah Moody later found that many of those “opponents” had no idea what they were opposing by signing the petition.

Land owner Gary Herman had the fortitude and foresight to appeal TMAPC’s decision to the county commission.  At Monday’s meeting, commissioners and Herman forged a simple compromise to address some of the concerns raised in the first hearing.

The developer agreed to limit the height of the buildings in Plaza 41 and erect a screening fence along the north and west sides.

West 41st Street is a major arterial connection between I-44 – via the Gilcrease Expressway “stub” at 57th West Avenue – and Oklahoma 97 to the west.  This connection is made even more important because of the location of the Armed Forces Reserve Center and Tulsa Community College West Campus.  This fact guarantees that traffic counts in the area will spur more and more interest in commercial developments in the area.

The sleepy unincorporated bedroom community of Berryhill is bound to change, as Tulsa grows to the southwest, much like southeast Tulsa changed decades ago.  The Union school district once was in the country.  Look at 71st street and Mingo Road now.


Article compliments of the Tulsa County News