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Release Date: 07/31/2023
TEDC Kicks Off Remodel of Historic Moton Hospital
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Tulsa Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) will hold a Demolition Ceremony on Wednesday, August 2, at 10:30 a.m. to begin dismantling the 1970s addition to the historic Moton Hospital. The ceremony will launch the restoration of the original 1931 structure that served Tulsa’s African American community after the 1921 Race Massacre.
The 660 E. Pine St. building will soon be home to the inspirational business resource center and incubator to be named Greenwood Entrepreneurship at Moton (GEM). With the help of KKT Architects and Nabholz Construction Corporation, TEDC will renovate the abandoned building into a hub that will embody the spirit and history of Tulsa’s Black Wall St., including restoring original architectural elements.
The 9,500-square-foot facility will offer board-based entrepreneurial support services, offices, and meeting spaces. Included are 30 workspaces consisting of enclosed and open offices for entrepreneurs, a 40-person conference and meeting space, multiple conference and flex rooms, a lounge, a kitchen and break room, storage, and other support spaces.
Current funding for the historical renovation comes from the City of Tulsa and Tulsa County. TEDC purchased the property from the Tulsa Development Authority with assistance from Partner Tulsa.
Speakers at the Demolition Ceremony included Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum, Tulsa City Councilwoman Vanessa Hall-Harper, Tulsa County Commissioner Stan Sallee, Partner Tulsa Executive Director Kian Kamas, TEDC CEO Rose Washington-Jones, and Reverend Anthony Scott of First Baptist Church of North Tulsa.
GEM’s total project cost is roughly $9 million and is expected to be completed next year. Citizens interested in learning more about the project are invited to attend community meetings hosted by Councilwoman Hall-Harper at Rudisill Library on Monday, July 31, at 6 p.m. and the 36th Street North Event Center on Saturday, August 5, at 4 p.m.
TEDC was founded in 1979 as Tulsa Economic Development Corporation, an organization that promotes and sustains small business growth in Tulsa. TEDC navigates funding opportunities and offers education customized to small business needs. Over the last seven years, they have provided or located more than $210 million to help over 1,500 small businesses start, expand, or sustain. Their mission to create economic vitality in the community by encouraging small business growth includes funding or facilitating loans ranging from $5,000 to $10 million using public and private funds.
TEDC receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s CDBG program as a City of Tulsa sub-recipient, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s CDFI Fund, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and philanthropy. For more information about TEDC, visit www.TEDCnet.com.
Nabholz Corporation has been rooted in community-building since its humble beginnings in 1949. Today, the multifaceted construction firm has grown to over 1,300 industry-leading professionals in seven central U.S. states, including Tulsa and Oklahoma City. As a multi-service contractor, Nabholz’ diverse service line meets the need of a single-source provider for construction, specialty & maintenance, installation, industrial, excavation, energy conservation, and environmental hazard services. Ranked at #102 on Engineering News-Record’s nationwide list of Top 400 Contractors, our commitment to our purpose still stands true: grow our people, serve our clients, and build our communities. For more information, visit www.nabholz.com.
About KKT Architects
KKT has been providing creative and inspiring full-service architectural, engineering, and interior design services in Tulsa since 1989. Today, the firm has over 70 design professionals, including architects, interior designers, structural engineers, code specialists, and construction administrators. For more information, visit www.kktarchitects.com.