About Us

Mission

The Phoenix Development Council is a community development and place management organization working in the Phoenix District, with an emphasis on fostering economic vitality connected to Black Equity along 36th Street North.

Vision

The Phoenix District is home to a community of thriving black businesses, including restaurants, entertainment, and goods & services. Vacant and underutilized spaces have new life, new buildings, and new purpose. The district is a bustling walk able environment with active sidewalks, art, outdoor recreation, and gathering spaces. The surrounding neighborhoods have attractive housing options, including rehabbed homes, new high-quality single- and multi-family homes, and mixed-use properties. The Phoenix @ 36th Street North housing development is a thriving part of the neighborhood. Residents have a strong sense of district identity and pride.

History of the Phoenix District

  • In 2011, before Sharon Hanson, president of the North Star Neighborhood Association, talked to Dwain Midget in the office of economic development, there was no funding in the City’s budget for a small area economic development plan for North Tulsa. After Hanson spoke to Midget, funding was included in the budget. The budget was passed and Hanson formed the North Star Community Development Council, with herself as President and Tracie Chandler as V.P. The council’s task is to work with the City to bring the economic development plans for the 36th St. N. Corridor Small Area Plan to fruition. The City formed Citizen Advisory Teams to oversee the planning process; four of the members came from the North Star Community Development Council; Sharon and Tracie were two of the four. Sharon passed 5/13/14.

The planning process included branding the area (western boundary county line near the Osage Casino, eastern boundary is North Lewis, the northern boundary is Flat Rock Creek and the southern boundary is the Gilcrease Expressway). The community submitted a list of names for consideration; Renaissance (rebirth) was chosen. Unfortunately, the name is being used in another part of the city. The branding committee met on 5/27/14 to search for a name with the same meaning. Research was done and the name Phoenix (reborn) was found. The Phoenix is a bird that continues to renew itself. That is what the community wants, not just to return to its former economic glory, but to exceed it with each passing year. The name was approved at multiple community meetings during the summer of 2014. The branding committee consisted of members from the following organizations/entities: The North Star Neighborhood Association, the North Star Community Development Council, ACCA Neighborhood Association, the NAACP, St. Simeons, and the Citizen Advisory Team (charged with overseeing the planning process and selected by Councilor Jack Henderson).

January 26, 2015 marked the date of the name change of the organization from the North Star Community Development Council to the Phoenix Development Council. The name change was precipitated by the public’s confusion regarding the North Star Neighborhood Association and the North Star Community Development Council and the fact that a name for the area had been chosen. From January 27, 2015-February 11, a campaign was launched to select a logo for the Phoenix District. The public was given three designs created by Ebony Easiley, a TU Art student , to choose from. Close to 1,000 people participated in the selection process.

Phoenix Development Goals and Initiatives

Breaking Ground

Osage Trail

First 16' Development

Business Recruiting & Resource Procurement

WELCOME TO THE PHOENIX DISTRICT

The Phoenix Development Council is a cornerstone of innovation and community revitalization in North Tulsa, Oklahoma. Originating from the progressive efforts of the North Star Community Development Council in 2011, we have been a driving force in implementing the economic development plans for the 36th St. N. Corridor Small Area Plan, in collaboration with the City's office of economic development.

Our narrative began when Sharon Hanson, president of the North Star Neighborhood Association, successfully lobbied for economic development funding in North Tulsa. This pivotal moment led to the formation of the North Star Community Development Council, with Hanson as President and Tracie Chandler as Vice President. Following Hanson's passing in 2014, we honored her vision by rebranding as the Phoenix District, a name symbolizing rebirth and relentless progress, chosen with the approval of the community.

The Phoenix Development Council dedicates itself to the constituents of North Tulsa, a vibrant community aspiring to surpass its historical economic prosperity. We have actively involved community members in the decision-making process, adopting the Phoenix as our emblem of resilience and renewal.

  • In 2011, before Sharon Hanson, president of the North Star Neighborhood Association, talked to Dwain Midget in the office of economic development, there was no funding in the City’s budget for a small area economic development plan for North Tulsa. After Hanson spoke to Midget, funding was included in the budget. The budget was passed and Hanson formed the North Star Community Development Council, with herself as President and Tracie Chandler as V.P. The council’s task is to work with the City to bring the economic development plans for the 36th St. N. Corridor Small Area Plan to fruition. The City formed Citizen Advisory Teams to oversee the planning process; four of the members came from the North Star Community Development Council; Sharon and Tracie were two of the four. Sharon passed 5/13/14.

Our recent endeavors are a testament to our commitment to fostering a dynamic and inclusive district. In partnership with Invest North and under the City of Tulsa's Vibrant Neighborhood partnership program, we have engaged the expertise of the world-renowned Better Block foundation to reimagine a bustling shopping and food district within the Phoenix District. This initiative aims to elevate the community experience by enhancing public spaces, encouraging local entrepreneurship, and creating a destination that celebrates the unique spirit and culture of North Tulsa.

The launch of the EAT36STN food truck park in 2021, in collaboration with Tulsa Young Professionals, further exemplifies our innovative approach. This culinary haven not only tantalizes the taste buds but also serves as a catalyst for job creation and local business growth.

Serving a diverse demographic, the Phoenix Development Council remains steadfast in its mission to ensure that each project resonates with the needs and aspirations of North Tulsa's residents. With the support of the NAACP, St. Simeons, ACCA Neighborhood Association, and an array of community members, our council stands united in fostering sustainable development and prosperity for the Phoenix District. Our logo, democratically selected by the community and designed by Ebony Easiley, encapsulates our collective identity and artistic energy.

As we seek donations and funding, we are reminded of our humble beginnings and look forward to a bright future where the Phoenix District is recognized as a paragon of community-driven achievement, creativity, and inclusivity.

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Improve public spaces & neighborhood infrastructure

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