A proposal by the state Department of Human Services that includes replacing its outdated emergency children's shelter in Tulsa will move forward.
The state Council of Bond Oversight approved the request Thursday to issue up to $23 million in revenue bonds to build a new shelter in Tulsa, buy an office building in Tulsa and build new offices in Ada
. Estimated cost of the four projects is about $21.65 million.
The Oklahoma Development Finance Authority will handle the 15-year bond issue. It will lease the buildings to DHS until the bonds are paid off; ownership then would transfer to DHS.
Plans for the shelter consist of building three cottages and an administration building on 20 acres in northeast Tulsa. The three cottages would have 42 beds and eight cribs.
The bond issue would provide an estimated $6.4 million for the construction. The shelter would take up about half the land; the remainder could be used later for building group homes for the developmentally disabled, said David Shafer, chief administrative officer for DHS.
The new shelter is needed for safety purposes and because the old facility is overcrowded and serving growing numbers of children, he said.