As always I appreciate readers leaving comments, and when questions are asked, I always try to answer in the best way possible. Several questions popped up during today’s live blogging:
“What was Mick’s excuse for not attending? I’m starting to smell fish over in MidTown coming from City Hall.” – Steven
“Steve, would you mind explaining the difference between the two sites?” – Mark
“Mark, I would go one further. A post that neutrally analyses the pros and cons of each location, including distances from important other (related) sites like hotels, Bricktown restaurants, Ford Center, etc.” – Brian J.
“Whats the story on the Producers Coop/Lumberyard confusion? Don’t know anything about this.” – Jeffrey
“I’m interested to hear your thoughts. You have covered and catalogued as much about downtown OKC’s re-development as anyone. “– MartzMimic
Steven: I don’t know why Mayor Cornett didn’t attend. His secretary reported he was in town and had ordered a DVD of the presentation. Not sure if that’s got the same value as being in the room and getting to hear afterwards from all the people who attended.
Mark: I never heard any concrete arguments for the Core to Shore site south of Ford Center from anyone other than Cornett. He has repeatedly quoted the Core to Shore task force as having chosen it, but that’s not true. They never voted on the matter and the site was shown in dozens of sketches and renderings after Cornett, who was chairing the task force, reported that a site needed to be shown but it wouldn’t mean a final decision had been made. At the time several members of the task force felt the convention center should be located south of Bricktown, but no full discussion on the matter was allowed. Proponents of the site south of Bricktown (there are actually two, which I’ll address in a moment) argue it has everything the Core to Shore site doesn’t: immediate access to hotels, clubs, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Brian: I would urge you to contact Mayor Mick Cornett and City Manager Jim Couch to inquire as to whether such a report exists if that is something you want to see.
Jeffrey: Mayor Cornett has declined to acknowledge the lumberyard site as separate from the Producers Coop site. But proponents of the lumberyard site say it alone would be big enough for a convention center. This could be significant, proponents say, because Gary Gregory is now brokering the Coop site for what many believe is a very inflated price of $121 million. It is believed the lumberyard could be bought for much less money.