Council OKs funds for 2 new businesses

January 7, 2020

Bricktown Brewery, Jimmy’s Egg slated for old KMart property

The City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve the expenditure of $150,000 in 1/4-cent economic development sale tax funds to help facilitate the location of Bricktown Brewery and Jimmy’s Egg restaurants on the former KMart property located at Washington Boulevard and Eastland Parkway.

Bartlesville Development Authority President David Wood told the council the BDA has been looking to recruit businesses for the property since KMart closed in October 2017. Five brands have committed to the property in recent months.

Wood said Jimmy’s Egg sales is approximately $1.2 million per year while Bricktown Brewery sales total approximately $3.2 million, for a combined total between the two of $4.4 million in projected sales. The business are expected to generate $302,940 in net new sales tax revenues over a ten-year period.

Wood said the BDA had shifted its focus several years ago to bringing more retail to Bartlesville after studies indicated a large number of people working in Bartlesville had chosen to live someplace else. He said while efforts are ongoing to locate “an anchor” for Washington Park Mall, resolve the KMart blight, and secure a tenant for the vacant Sitel Center building, located on Frank Phillips Boulevard, BDA has returned its focus to recruiting primary industry to the area.

Tower Center at Unity Square

In other business, the council also voted to approve a service contract with Warner Consulting and Design to design an audio, video and theatrical lighting system for the Tower Center at Unity Square project, a community green space under construction between the Bartlesville Community Center and the Price Tower.

Funding for the project, $1.75 million, was approved by voters in the 2018 General Obligation Bond Election. Several private donations have been made since to allow design elements previously removed from the budget due to cost to be re-incorporated. Donations to date include: Lyon Foundation ($250,000), Arvest Bank ($10,000), the Parsons Foundation ($100,000), ConocoPhillips ($100,000), Phillips 66 ($100,000), Curd Family ($5,000), American Heritage Bank ($5,000), Ascension St. John Jane Phillips ($10,000) and Truity Credit Union ($10,000). One of the add-back projects is the audio, video and theatrical lighting system for the space.

Including voter-approved funding and “generous donations” from the community, the available budget for construction is currently $2,209,262, Water Utilities Director Terry Lauritsen, who serves as the project manager on the green space, told the council Monday.

“Due to the financial support of the above entities, funds are available to pursue the next add-back, which is an audio, video and theatrical lighting system for the stage area,” Lauritsen said. “Currently there is approximately $40,000 available to pursue this item. However, the design of an audio, video and theatrical lighting system was not in the original design scope and a design is needed for a system appropriate for this area.”

Warner Consulting and Design is a local company with more than 35 years’ experience specializing in the design and implementation of these systems, he said.

2020 Elections

Following the regular portion of the meeting, the council moved to a workshop session in the first floor conference room, where they continued discussion regarding the upcoming General Obligation Bond and half-cent Capital Improvement Project extension elections.

On Monday, the council reviewed staff recommendations for projects as well as projects prioritized by the citizen-driven Street and Traffic Committee and Parks Board, as well as projects desired by individual council members.

It is anticipated a revised list will be presented to the council during a meeting on Jan. 21 for final review. The council is expected to approve a final project list for voter consideration and call for the elections during the first regularly scheduled council meeting on Feb. 3.