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MAPS 3 Convention Center Concepts Presented for Review

April 4, 2013

MAPS 3 Convention Center Concepts Presented for Review

MAPS 3 was created to enhance the quality of life within Oklahoma City, and part of the current MAPS 3 program is the construction of a new convention center in Oklahoma City.  Just this week, consultants involved in conceptualizing the design of the convention center presented three concepts to the subcommittee for review and comments.

Various construction projects are set within 10 years of tenure with funds mostly taken from the one-cent sales tax initiative of April 2010. About $777 million are expected to be raised by the tax initiative, which can be used to fund eight distinct projects within the program.

The convention center will be part of the MAPS 3 program that will require around $252 million. City counselors said that construction is expected to start in 2016, and as of now, concepts are being finalized and decided upon by the parties involved.

Three concepts were presented by consultants Populous and GSB, Inc. The three convention center concepts incorporated similar features of the convention center, but differed mostly on its location and also the location of the proposed hotel.

Features of the proposed convention center include an elevated ballroom with city and park views, entrances on all sides of the convention center, below-ground exhibit halls and loading docks, flexible meeting spaces, pedestrian connections to the Myriad Botanical Gardens and the future MAPS 3 Downtown Public Park, and enough room for future expansion to the west area.

The convention center will be constructed between Reno Avenue and  Oklahoma City Boulevard as well as Robinson Avenue and Walker Avenue. Subcommittee members and officials are reviewing the concepts. A hybrid concept including all the favorable features of each of the three concepts will be planned in the next few months.

Chris George
Oklahoma City Realtor
405.843.8188

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