The West Park in Kendall-Whittier (Phase I and II)
West Park is a mixed-income housing development and neighborhood revitalization effort located in the Kendall-Whittier area. The project was funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the University of Tulsa, the City of Tulsa, and state low-income tax credits and outside financing secured by McCormack Baron Salazar, a national developer that specializes in revitalizing economically distressed urban areas.
The George Kaiser Family Foundation’s efforts in the neighborhood focus intensely on the birth-to-college-to-career pipeline, collectively called the Growing Together effort. GKFF believes that a safe, quality home environment is a significant factor in breaking the cycle of poverty for children and their families.
The master plan for revitalization to the area included the development of 7.5 acres which includes a mix of residential, office and recreational use. The West Park Phase I apartments include 128 mixed-income residential units of which 70 are market rate and 58 are income restricted, 20 student-housing units owned by The University of Tulsa and 7,000 square feet of office and management space. Phase II included 10 individual buildings containing a total of 107 units across the site. This project received Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) from the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency. Phase II also included the relocation of 468 linear feet of 8” and 690 linear feet of 12” sanitary sewer line along with 160 linear feet of 42” and 1,146 linear feet of 48” storm sewer.
Renovations and improvements to the neighborhood park include new play areas, new trails and lighting, an enlarged splash pad, and a new West Plaza with a water feature and pavilions.
The success of these projects has spurred further development through construction of affordable, for‐sale, single family homes, $12 million of investment and 160 new jobs in the adjacent historic shopping district, and a planned 100‐unit second phase of the mixed‐income West Park apartments
(landscape architecture services provided by Howell & Vancuren before joining Wallace)