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Brady Arts District Small Area Plan

Adopted in 2013, the Brady Arts District Small Area Plan identified 72 implementation measures. About 80% of those implementation measures are complete or on-going as of July 1, 2019.

  • Complete 16.67% 16.67%
  • On-Going 63.89% 63.89%
  • In-Progress 6.94% 6.94%
  • Not Initiated 12.5% 12.5%
  • Obsolete 0% 0%
  • Unknown 0% 0%
RefImplementation MeasureStatus
Goal #1: Create and maintain a historic and aesthetically distinctive area.
1.1Preserve/restore historic structures and other assetsOn-Going
1.2Develop public art and gateways to enhance the historic character and creative spiritOn-going
1.3Install streetscaping and greenspaces complementing the character. (Reference streetscape plan)On-Going
1.4Encourage unique, locally-owned retail, restaurants, and other businesses. On-Going
Goal #2: Maintain and build upon district entertainment and cultural venues and activities.
2.1Establish consistent name, image, and brand to represent the district’s character.On-Going
2.2Promote existing venues including Cain’s, Brady Theater, artist studios/galleries, nightclubs, bars.On-Going
2.3Build complementary programming relationships with ONEOK Ballpark, John Hope Franklin Memorial, Greenwood Cultural Center, Living Arts, Philbrook/Adkins Collection, Arts and Humanities’ Visual Art Center, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, OSU-Tulsa, Langston University, and other area attractions. On-going
2.4Assist in development of new assets such as festivals, galleries, farmers’ market, museums and venues featuring music, energy and regional history. On-going
Goal #3: Encourage amenities that benefit a mixed-use community.
3.1Attract grocery and daily retail and services.In-Progress
3.2Develop attractive and useful public spaces.On-Going
3.3Provide accessibility by multi-modal transportation.On-going
3.4Create safe pedestrian crossings and connections.On-Going
3.5Develop adequate and appropriate street and structured parking.On-going
Goal #4: Create a safe environment for residents and visitors.
4.1Install good lighting and wayfinding systemsOn-going
4.2Slow traffic, add semaphores, and create safe crossings. On-going
4.3Add police patrolsOn-going
4.4Increase 18-hour presenceOn-going
Goal #5: Connect and cooperate constructively with neighboring assets.
5.1Facilitate easy movement through multi-modal transportation options.On-going
5.2Create identifiable transitions to Downtown, Greenwood, Blue Dome, BOK Center, OSU-Tulsa, and Langston University. In-Progress
5.3Mitigate presence of jail, social service facilities, and vacant properties.On-Going
Goal #6: Provide mixed income residential and live/work options.
6.1Develop live/work options for artists and craftspeopleOn-Going
6.2Develop housing for downtown workforceOn-Going
6.3Develop housing options for studentsOn-Going
Goal #7: Create a model energy efficient, sustainable community.
7.1Utilize the park or other public realm spaces for geothermal energyComplete
7.2Promote alternative energy sources for new and existing structuresOn-Going
7.3Encourage energy efficiency retro-fitting of existing buildingsOn-Going
7.4Encourage energy efficient new construction using state of the art technologiesOn-Going
Goal #8: Develop and support active management, promotion, and advocacy for The Brady Arts District.
8.1Empower and strengthen an existing or new entity to coordinate and speak for Brady interestComplete
8.2Establish internal communication tools to connect Brady stakeholdersComplete
8.3Establish vehicles for communication of Brady planning and activity externallyComplete
8.4Advocate actively with the city in relation to service allocations and other needs and concernsOn-Going
8.5Highlight Brady organizations and businesses through ongoing marketing and the coordination of activities, events, and promotions. On-Going
Actions: Preservation
1Proceed to establish National Registered Historic Districts as recommended and supported by the Brady Village Owners Association, the City of Tulsa, and the Oklahoma Historic Preservation Office. Complete
2Research district preservation grants and other resources available.On-going
3Organize educational events/symposia for stakeholders, property owners, and residents within the Brady Historic District regarding financial opportunities, preservation, and heritage issues.On-going
4Involve local arts and creative community in projects and activities to increase awareness of built heritage and the importance of understanding it and building on it.On-Going
5Explore and develop a fund for building façade improvements in keeping with district character.Not Initiated
Actions: Public art
6Work cooperatively to strengthen and attract complementary and viable cultural assets and activitiesOn-Going
7Carefully choose events and strictly manage the brand of the district.On-Going
8Articulate a clear mission/purpose for public art for Brady; seek adoption by Tulsa Arts CommissionNot Initiated
9Develop an ongoing entity to plan, implement, and maintain public art projectsOn-Going
10Develop functional description for an ongoing overall coordination and marketing entity for Brady.On-Going
11Maintain relationships with cultural organizations in adjacent districts to maximize cooperation, scheduling, collaborative marketing, and other opportunities. On-Going
Actions: Placemaking
12Rebuild Boulder Bridge with pedestrian and transit capacitiesComplete
13Improve appearance and lighting of Boston pedestrian bridge; study structural rehabilitationComplete
14Implement branding including public art and banners as part of streetscapingOn-Going
15Develop Brady Town Square as multi-purpose public amenityComplete
16Phase streetscaping to extend from Ballpark and Greenwood into Brady and connecting with downtown, Blue Dome District, BOK center, etc. In-Progress
17Alter Detroit and Cincinnati to become two-way streets with signaling and traffic calmingNot Initiated
18Install lighting for safety and aesthetic improvement in character with historic districtOn-Going
19Implement bike path plan to improve multi-modal access to areaOn-Going
20Explore security enhancements, including police substation and bike patrolsOn-going
21Improve lighting and visual appearance of inter-state overpasses on north side of Brady, and improve pedestrian access to OSU-Tulsa and Langston University campuses. On-Going
Actions: Building, Owning, Investing
22Establish 3-year residential population goals for Brady, linked with downtown housing studyIn-Progress
23Offer mixed urban lifestyle options and other strategies to attract new residentsOn-Going
24Continue efforts to renovate upper levels of historic buildings for housingOn-Going
25Conduct a formal parking survey to understand current district wide supply and demand and the future impacts of proposed shared parking facilities, diagonal on-street parking, and the impacts of a parking permit system for residents and workers.Not Initiated
26Develop “Welcome Package” for new residents and connect them to food and beverage establishmentsNot Initiated
27Pursue grants to develop energy and recycling systems to make Brady a demonstration areaOn-Going
28Establish development objectives for new construction housing projects, including “walk-up” row house or town home optionsNot Initiated
29Develop strategies to bring capital partners to the table to encourage investingOn-Going
30Develop and implement a fund for storefront improvements.Not Initiated
31Encourage and support development of grocery store.In-Progress
Actions: Getting it done
32Formalize BVMA as a membership organization, including owners and others in governanceComplete
33Prioritize annual program of activitiesOn-Going
34Develop business plan for support of the Association including key annual income-generating eventsComplete
35Explore implementation of Main Street ProgramNot Initiated
36Establish formal internal communication network among members and with broader communityOn-Going
37Form committees as needed around marketing, partnerships, events, advocacy, and investingComplete
38Set up a one-stop shop for development incentives in the neighborhood, either online or in a storefrontOn-Going
39Seek City Council adoption of this plan as an update to the March 2003 Brady Plan, and as a Small Area Plan within planitulsa.Complete
40Schedule quarterly review of this plan by the BVOANot Initiated