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Oklahoma City awaits response on offers for property for MAPS 3 convention center, hotel

Oklahoma City officials are awaiting response for $13.5 million in offers on properties where the MAPS 3 convention center and hotel could be built.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: October 23, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: October 22, 2013

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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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
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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At a glance

Convention center

Exhibit hall: 160,000 square feet

Meeting rooms: 40,000 square feet

Ballroom: 35,000 square feet

Costs

Land acquisition and site preparation: $17,861,000

Architectural and engineering design, testing, administration: $31,788,000

Project contingency: $11,492,000

Construction, furnishings and equipment: $190,918,000

Total: $252,059,000

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