The city of Jenks is about to give the official thumbs up to Simon Property Group’s Premium Outlet Mall.
The retail giant has submitted its preliminary development plans to the city and will go before the Jenks Planning Commission for zoning and site plan approval Dec. 10. The City Council will take up the issue Dec. 21.
“I think their construction timeframe is 12-14 months, and I expect that to start in early spring of 2016,” said Jenks Planning Director Robert Bell.
You remember the Simon Premium Outlet Mall?
Yes, that one. The project Tulsa had wrapped in its arms and was ready to build on the northeast corner of 61st Street and U.S. 75.
The project slipped away after a few city councilors and a loud contingent of residents questioned whether the proposed site near Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area was the right fit.
Now it’s going to Jenks. The project will include 400,000 square feet of leasable space and be built in two phases, the first covering 350,000 square feet of leasable space.
The mall is to be constructed on 51 acres south of the Creek Turnpike near the Arkansas River.
Bell said Jenks made sense as a location for the outlet mall because the city has a Riverfront Entertainment District to accommodate such projects and had committed millions of dollars to improving access to the district even before the mall deal was envisioned.
“That is what that site called out for, this kind of use,” Bell said. “It fits perfectly. That is the kind of use the city of Jenks was hoping for.”
Simon has yet to announce which stores will be in the mall.