Oklahoma City council reviews condemnation sought for convention center site

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday will be asked to approve starting condemnation on a proposed site for the new convention center in what is being described as an “amicable” process of determining the property’s value.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: March 15, 2014
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The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday will be asked to approve starting condemnation on a proposed site for the new convention center in what is being described as an “amicable” process of determining the property’s value.

The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority last fall reported it offered a total of $13.5 million for the site, though only one offer, $108,000 paid to the family that once owned a section of the old alignment of Interstate 40, had been accepted.

The highest offer, $12,840,000, was made to REHCO, a partnership led by Bob Howard that owned the former Fred Jones/Bob Howard Ford dealership that operated for decades just south of Myriad Gardens.

Urban Renewal Director Cathy O’Connor said Friday the condemnation was requested by representatives of REHCO. Howard could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Court process

“The group that owns the majority of the property for the convention center has told us the best way to determine the value of the property is to go through condemnation and let the court determine the property,” O’Connor said.


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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The group that owns the majority of the property for the convention center has told us the best way to determine the value of the property is to go through condemnation and let the court determine the property.”

Cathy O’Connor,
Urban Renewal Director

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