The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is awaiting response on offers totaling $13.5 million for properties targeted for construction of a new convention center and conference hotel.
Only one of the offers, $108,000 paid to the family that once owned a section of the old alignment of Interstate 40, has been accepted.
Urban Renewal director Cathy O'Connor said responses are being awaited from the owners of Ira's Goodyear and the former Fred Jones/Bob Howard Ford dealership that operated for decades just south of the Myriad Gardens.
The highest amount of $12,840,000 was offered to REHCO, which owned the former dealership. Representatives of REHCO could not be reached for comment.
The first conceptual designs for the convention center, meanwhile, have been reviewed by the city's MAPS 3 citizens review committee for the project.
Tom McDaniel, chairman of the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board, said he expects the designs to be submitted for vote this fall.
“It will fit on the site,” McDaniel said. “The site will accommodate future expansion and development. The site will also accommodate a convention center hotel needed. And the architects indicate it will fit within the budget — so we feel good about that.”
The conceptual design narrowed the plaza between the convention center, which would be built facing Reno Avenue just west of Harvey Avenue, and a proposed conference hotel, which could be built at the corner of Reno and Robinson Avenues.
MAPS 3 project coordinator David Todd said those changes were made in response to cost concerns, but also to allow private development on the block facing the future downtown boulevard and across from the future Core to Shore park.
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