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City eyes Evans-Fintube site for BMX headquarters

Former Evans-Fintube site looks like a good location
By World's Editorial Writers

The long-empty Evans-Fintube industrial site is the planned site for USA BMX, city officials announced Wednesday.

The city’s Vision renewal tax extension — approved by voters last year — included $15.2 million for a new Tulsa headquarters for the Olympic biking sport and an indoor arena, but the originally planned location at Expo Square didn’t work out.

The new site, an old industrial facility that towers over downtown, has been mentioned for a laundry list of projects that never came true over the years — from the potential home for a state-funded school for the arts to a new Central Library. But the latest proposal seems like a good fit for USA BMX It offers plenty of space, good links to the transportation network and proximity to the fast-growing north side of downtown.

As we learned with the Expo Square plan, the deal isn’t done until it’s done. There’s a lot more work ahead, especially the big cleanup job left by an industrial site and making sure there’s enough money available to make it all happen.

But there’s a lot to like about this idea — it puts a high-visibility, important occupant on a high-visibility, important location and spreads the increasing prosperity of north downtown into areas that have been hungry for economic development for a long time.

In the Vision vote, the people of Tulsa bought into the idea of making our city the home of BMX, a fast-growing, exciting sport, and thanks to the hard work on the part of the city, that idea still appears to be on track.

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