Rising costs, shipping delays and inventory shortages are just some of the reasons local business owner Leslie Day turned away from plans to rebuild her lumberyard at 800 West Dewey Avenue. , whose main showroom was badly damaged in the May 2019 tornado and had to be demolished.
In a recent interview with Hours of SapulpaDay said the family business “has been around for about 25 years, since 1993 or 1994,” but the storm damaged the building so badly that it was no longer operational. Then, a contentious settlement process of more than two years with the insurance company ensued. “It took a long time to get through it, but it’s settled and I’m finally able to move on,” Day said. “It’s such a relief. It has been a long, long and frustrating road. But we did. “
Day has a store at 1255 South Sheridan in Tulsa, Day’s Building Material, which many Sapulpa customers frequent, “but they wanted the convenience of having a store in Sapulpa.”
However, she said that when she considered rebuilding the business here and putting a store back on the property, she found it not financially feasible. “It didn’t make much sense for me to reopen.”
Although Day received many offers to sell the property, she says she was reluctant to do so. “I didn’t want to leave the community; I love having a business here, ”she said. “The city and the people have been very good to me.”
So she and her manager, Mark Gould, who now works at the Tulsa store, thought about it. In addition to being in the lumber retail business, Day also owns rental properties and builds homes, and eventually the idea of luxury townhouses surfaced.
Day intends to “use every parcel” of the 5 acre property for development, which will include 1 and 2 story townhouses with 3 bedrooms with garages and “beautiful landscaping”, and, it includes amenities such as a convenience store stocked with everything from toilet paper to meals prepared and delivered to residents, and a clubhouse, dog park, swimming pool and play area, “if appropriate.” It will also build housing for a property manager “who will be on site at all times”.
This development, says Day, “will bring so much more to the city than a lumber yard. There will be property taxes, convenience store sales taxes, and new residents shopping and spending their tax dollars here. She also “envisions more families” and students in the Sapulpa Public School District, due to the 3 bedrooms available in each unit.
Day’s next steps are to submit an application to the City, obtain approval from the Planning Commission and City Council for a rezoning, and obtain the appropriate permits. “My architect will be working with a civil engineer, and I’m sure there will be technical advisory committee meetings and meetings with utility companies. The planning part is what takes so long.
In the meantime, she will demolish the 4 other buildings and lumberyards on the property and take care of many other details.
Ultimately, Day is thrilled to provide something new to the community that has meant so much to her for so many years.
“I just saw an opportunity; it just clicked a bit, ”Day says. “Let’s put something beautiful like that in town.” I intend to call them “The Route Townhomes”.