Tulsa County will spend $11.5 million to purchase the former Community Care Building to consolidate county offices.
County officials have been negotiating with building owner Ascension for month. The sales price includes some furniture, fixtures and equipment.
The Community Care Building, 218 W. 6th St., is across the street from the County Administration Building
The 185,000 square-foot building is just south east of the Tulsa County Courthouse Complex. After some modifications, the building will become the headquarters of Tulsa County Government, opening up space at the courthouse.
“This purchase will help us solve two major issues. We have a real need for space in the courthouse, for courts, jurors, court services and court holding for the Sheriff’s Office,” said Commissioner Ron Peters. “We also have a lot of parking pressure as we typically have a waiting list for employee parking, and parking for our customers is not user-friendly.”
The Community Care Building has a 400-space parking structure and almost 100 surface parking spaces. The building was built in 1958, and was purchased by St. John in 1996 as the headquarters for Community Care.
The transaction is set to close in December. Tulsa County will begin work on the modifications in January. County officials plan to consolidate all county administration offices in the building, including all offices that are currently in the Ray Jordan Administration Building at 6th and Denver, the Crowson Annex at 3rd and Houston, and the Tulsa County Parks office at 2300 Charles Page Blvd.
It is estimated it will take a year to complete the move due to remodeling and elimination of some asbestos. The county has set aside about $3 million in sales tax funding for renovations in the courthouse. The $11.5 million purchase price is funded by sales tax approved by voters. The move could allow the county to sell the Crowson Annex at 3rd Street and Houston Avenue and the office building at 2300 Charles Page Blvd., which is used by the Park Department.
“This is a real game-changer for us. We’ve been battling space and parking problems for years. With this building as our new headquarters, we will be in a better position to serve the citizens of Tulsa County,” said Peters.