By BOB LEWIS
With a rising steel framework serving as the backdrop, the City of Broken Arrow, the Chamber of Commerce and the BA Economic Development Corporation conducted a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremonies in July for an $11 million retail complex to be known as Tiger Plaza.
As reported in last month’s Broken Arrow Express, the project is situated on Tiger Hill at the southwest corner of Kenosha and Lynn Lane. When completed next spring, it will contain some 30,000 square feet of retail and business space.
At the groundbreaking, it was announced that leases for two restaurants and a beauty salon have already been signed and at least six others are expected to be finalized soon.
BA officials say the site is in one of the most attractive retail areas in the city, surrounded on three sides by busy retail establishments and FlightSafety International’s massive facility. The Bass Pro Outdoor World store is a short distance away on the Broken Arrow Expressway.
The high ground landmark was named in honor of the Broken Arrow High School Tiger mascot and was a popular gathering place for generations of local teenagers. Many remember it as the site of some historic “king of the mountain” games during the 1960’s.
Before that, it was a landmark for cattle drives through Oklahoma, according to local history expert Dr. Clarence G. Oliver, Jr.