By BOB LEWIS
Preliminary work has begun on a new commercial/retail development on the southwest corner of Kenosha and Lynn Lane – a site many Broken Arrowans fondly remember as Tiger Hill.
City Communications Coordinator T.J. Gerlach said a developer is purchasing the land. To complete the project, which has been named Tiger Hill Plaza, it was considered necessary to lower the elevation of the site and build a second retaining wall in front of an existing wall.
Stronghand LLC is working on that project with completion expected early this fall. The rest of the undertaking will be handled by the developer and contractors of its choosing. As of press time, the city had not been given a deadline on when construction will be completed.
Since 2012, the city has sent approximately $1 million on the 6.2-acre site to prepare it for commercial development.
A Tiger Hill Plaza website says 31,830 square feet of lease space will be available. Steve Walman with Walman Commercial Real Estate Services in Tulsa is listed as the contact.
The Kenosha/Lynn Lane intersection is one of Broken Arrow’s most active business locations with a Walgreens drug store immediately to the north, a strip center containing White River Fish Market to the east and a Reasor’s Food Market a half-block to the northeast. Immediately south of the new development is the massive Flight Safety building.
Historical records note Tiger Hill was named for the Broken Arrow High School mascot and represented a vivid childhood memory for people who grew up in the city. It is rumored to have been a popular romantic lookout for teenagers and the site of large king-of-the-hill games between high school students before the 1960s.
A century earlier, it was a landmark for cattle drives through Oklahoma, according to local history expert Dr. Clarence Oliver.