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TIF dollars approved for OPUBCO move downtown

Century Center Photo by Shannon Cornman In all, the council approved $38.9 million for 10 different projects, seven of which dealt with infrastructure. In 2012, developer Steve Hurst purchased the Century Center Mall, 100 W. Main, for $2 million. Built in the mid-1970s, the 115,000-square-foot center was once a thriving office and retail spot —

Boulevard of compromise

The final decision on the design of the $80 million, 10.5-block boulevard ultimately lies with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. As officials have solidified plans over the last year, citizens, property owners and members of city council have spoken out against the alternative recommended by Stantec, the consulting firm hired

Alternatives for proposed boulevard meet opposition

With hundreds in attendance, a public meeting Dec. 3 at the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center featured officials from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, city public works and representatives from Stantec. The city hired Stantec in September to carry out an evaluation of possible solutions to the complicated traffic issues the Boulevard will face near Western,

City sales tax collections up in October

Collections totaled $17.9 million. It is the tenth month in a row of sales tax growth. Average growth over those 10 months has been at 9.8 percent. When all city sales taxes are combined, including the general fund, MAPS 3, police and fire and the zoo, the total generated in October, which reflects collections for

MAPping expectations

The park seems to be on track, but other MAPS projects have faced cutbacks even before they began. Despite voters approving a $280 million convention center when MAPS 3 passed in 2009, the project received a haircut last year when the City Council members voted to put $30 million of those funds into a contingency

City manager reports increase in September sales tax collections

Couch reported the general fund sales tax for the city was up 16.7 percent in September over the same month last year. Those collections totaled $18.5 million, and accounted for collections during the second half of July and the first half of August. “I am fairly confident that those numbers will not continue at that

Sales tax collections up in August, use tax down

While sales tax collections were up 4.7 percent in August, for the fiscal year it has averaged 8.6 percent growth over the same period last year. Use tax collections, taxes paid on goods purchased outside the state but used in the city, totaled $3.18 million in August. The August sales tax collections check included monies

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