The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 May 2006

We got us a big box here

The new owner of Tulsa's dead-in-the-water Eastland Mall has apparently requested a zoning change from Commercial Shopping to Light Industrial.

Inasmuch as everyone seemed to be thinking that the mall would be converted to an office complex, like Oklahoma City's Shepherd Mall, this comes as something of a surprise.

Steven Roemerman details the differences between the two zoning classifications.

Update, 7 pm: MCW reports that the zoning-change request has been withdrawn.

Update, 1 June: Then again, maybe not.

Posted at 10:00 AM to Soonerland

It's been a long time since I've been to Eastland Mall. I'm sad that it's "dead" but I've seen it coming for a long time. It used to be my favorite mall. Not huge but very nice and for me it was the most conveniently located of any of Tulsa's malls.

Posted by: Lynn S at 7:39 PM on 26 May 2006

How long ago was it built?

The big mall not far from my last house in Sacramento is about to be demolished, as I recall, and a Wal-Mart built in its place. The mall was over 40 years old, which isn't too shabby considering the area where it was built has been turning ... well, shabby ... for most of that time. That part of town was already pretty uninviting to live in 20 years ago.

The life cycle of a big mall is pretty hard to predict, of course.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:07 AM on 27 May 2006

The shell of the building was constructed in the 1970s, but it was around 1984 before any serious interior work was completed, so it didn't last long as a viable entity. Not unexpectedly, changing demographics were an issue with Eastland; I rather expect they will also eventually kill off Crossroads Mall in southeast Oklahoma City. (Penn Square Mall, in my neck of the woods, is way older — middle 1950s — but is flourishing, because it's gone through frequent freshenings and is still considered seriously upscale.)

Posted by: CGHill at 8:37 AM on 27 May 2006