Ed Leinbach, head of the Leinbach Companies, always likes to try new features with the apartment communities he builds.

For the Village at Crown Woods in Tulsa, it was elevator access. For Crown Village at Elm Ridge in Broken Arrow, it was keyless entry.

And for the upcoming Crown Wind River apartments, which is slated to be built at the southwest corner of 83rd Street and Lewis Avenue, it will be seven two-story buildings with two units on top, one below — and direct garage access from all three.

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“You’ll be able to park your car, get out, grab your groceries and be able to enter your apartment without having to go outside,” he said.

The direct-access apartments will be just one component of Crown Wind River, a $17 million development that will eventually include 157 units in a mix of apartments with garages and apartments in four-story buildings with elevator access.

Leinbach said he’s just secured funding for the development and plans to break ground soon. Although it’s already February, he expects the first residents to be able to move in by June or July.

“The smaller buildings with garages are easy to build,” he said.

Crown Wind River is adjacent to his 284-unit River Bend apartments, but he doesn’t want them to be overshadowed — he’s about to undertake a $3 million renovation at River Bend that will involve repainting the exterior, building a new pool, and redoing the interiors and clubhouse.

The new addition will use the pool at Crown Village at Elm Ridge as a guide, complete with fire pits. The existing pools will be filled in and used to create a community vegetable garden, another feature used at Crown Village.

Crown Wind River will also have its own pool, clubhouse with over-sized gym and vegetable garden styled after Crown Village, Leinbach said. The community will also have access to the parks of River Bend, with picnic areas and courts for tennis and pickleball.

“We think the people who will want to live there will want a strong amenity package,” he said.

All the Crown Wind River units will average 1,000 square feet, and rent is expected to range from $700 to $1,300. All units will feature keyless entry fobs.

Leinbach said the area is perfect for additional apartment development, partially due to all the other new features popping up nearby.

“If you draw a one-mile radius circle around 96th and Riverside, you’ve got Margaritaville, RiverWalk Crossing with TopGolf, Simon putting in an outlet mall and Village on Main, and everything on this side of the river is full and in demand,” he said. “It’s a solid area with plenty of activity.”

While he doesn’t believe Tulsa will be hit as hard by slumping oil prices compared to the previous oil bust, Leinbach said he’s not taking any unnecessary risks.

“We like to build one project, then fill it up,” he said. “We’re certainly not going to plunge out in the current environment with 5-6 projects.”

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