Foundation gathering development ideas

TULSA — A foundation is looking for ideas to develop 54 acres of land along the Arkansas River, not far from Tulsa’s downtown.

Jeff Stava of the Tulsa Community Foundation is overseeing the project for the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

The Kaiser Foundation has given firms an Oct. 29 deadline to respond with their qualifications to help develop a master plan to develop the area now known as the Blair property and the Crow Creek Apartments.

Stava said the project’s goal is to provide public amenities that are authentic, low-key and complementary to the river.

Owner of Durant caboose says he plans to sell it

DURANT — Kevin Keener, the owner of an old MK&T caboose in Durant, said he plans to sell the local landmark and intends to move it.

The caboose’s former owner, 76-year-old Eddie Harris, said he bought it more than 35 years ago from Oklahoma Iron and Metal with plans to use it for his mobile home business.

Harris said the caboose has been used as an office, a storage facility and a home at different times. He said the caboose often has been the subject of photographs.

Tulsa fire ruled to be caused by arson

TULSA — Fire investigators say arson is the cause of a blaze that damaged a Tulsa apartment complex.

The blaze at The Lakes Apartments started about 3:30 a.m. Sunday and destroyed two units. Numerous others suffered smoke and water damage. District Chief Bill French said someone intentionally set the fire on the exterior staircase of an upstairs apartment and witnesses saw a man fleeing the scene.

KOTV reported that Robert Chew, who lives in the apartments, helped carry one woman out of her burning apartment. Neighbors also helped the woman’s brother escape the blaze.

— AP

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