Cornett delivers 2013 State of City address

A list of positive economic and quality of life rankings from various national publications were recited Thursday by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett to a record crowd at the annual State of the City address.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: January 24, 2013 at 9:29 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013

Cornett said residents can still expect four senior wellness centers to be built as part of MAPS 3, noting a new round of requests for proposals from private organizations to operate the centers is awaiting responses. The first round failed to drum up interest, and new operational partnerships are being considered by the city.

Cornett said he believes design on the first wellness center could begin this year. He also said trails expansions are set to begin with a connection trail from the Oklahoma River to Lake Overholser.

Cornett estimated “hundreds of miles” of sidewalks will be built thanks to a combination of funding from MAPS 3 and city bond issues. He reminded attendees that site acquisition is under way for a new convention center and transit hub; engineers are looking at possible streetcar routes; and work is under way on improvements along the Oklahoma River. He said architects also are about to be hired to design a $60 million exposition center at State Fair Park.

Cornett — in his third term as Oklahoma City's mayor — delivered the address for the ninth time in its 13-year history. He's the fourth mayor of Oklahoma City to serve three terms.

by Steve Lackmeyer
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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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