The main building that largely comprises the Crystal City Shopping Center in southwest Tulsa sold today for $435,000, which was less than half what was anticipated, according to several Tulsa media outlets.
KTVI-TV reported that City Councilor Jeannie Cue said the new owner had a good reputation for maintaining its buildings — a major issue for years with Crystal City.
The former owner shouldn’t have been surprised with the lower-than-expected final bid at the auction, because his persistent indifference drove down the price of the property. At one point just a few years ago, I heard the City of Tulsa was poised to seize the shopping center as a public nuisance.
The same bidder also bought smaller nearby parcel for $40,000.
None of the reports revealed the identity of the buyer. According to one report, the main parcel was bought online, with the only identification as “JT.”
It’s been rumored a section of the building that once housed a bowling alley could become a local Route 66 museum. The City of Tulsa also soon will construct one of the Route 66 gateways in that area.