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Convention conundrum

For years, Mike Carrier, president of the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, has said that a convention center hotel must open at the same time as the convention center or the city faces losing business. With construction on the $252 million project set to begin in 2016, a hotel developer needs to be identified

Cornett gives ninth state of the city speech

Mayor Mick Cornett Photo by Mark Hancock About 1,500 attended the event held at the Cox Convention Center, and hosted by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Cornett said he didn’t get everything done he would have liked in 2012, but was content with progress on MAPS 3, praise from near and far for the city,

City will host third park meeting Thursday

Construction is expected to begin later this year. The park will include a 40-acre upper section, and a 30-acre lower section, connected by the Skydance Bridge. “We are in the exciting final phases of the park’s master plan process,” MAPS Program Manager David Todd said. “Proposed park amenities include a great lawn for concerts and

City services

Mayor Mick Cornett says there is value in physical health, as well as fiscal health, and was pleasantly surprised to pick up Men’s Fitness to find for the first time, the city made its fittest – rather than fattest – list; OKC came in at No. 23. “We should feel great about this new ranking,”

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

Consultant presents options for downtown park

A model of one option for the MAPS 3 downtown park that includes a lake. It was one of three options presented to the public Oct. 25 at the downtown library. Photo by Kelley Chambers Mary Margaret Jones, with park consultant Hargreaves Associates, presented conceptual designs Oct. 25 at the second public meeting  at the

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

MAPS park meeting scheduled

The 70-acre park is budgeted at $132 million with an upper park and a lower park. The upper section will sit north of the realigned Interstate 40 near Downtown, and the lower section will reach from the interstate south to the Oklahoma River. At the first meeting, on Sept. 13, about 130 people attended to

MAPS sidewalk proposal may side step expectations

In August, the MAPS 3 Trails and Sidewalks Subcommittee sent a MAPS 3 sidewalks master plan to the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board that prioritized around 31 new sidewalk alignments in the city out of 131 total alignments identified as in need of sidewalks. In the master plan, of the $9.1 million set aside in

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