Oklahoma City officials consider MAPS 3 projects timeline

A $280 million convention center is last in line to be built in Oklahoma City with MAPS 3 funds. A transit system and park would be built first, along with five other projects.
BY MICHAEL BAKER mbaker@opubco.com Published: April 20, 2011
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Moving up the suggested date for building the MAPS 3-funded convention center would likely mean delaying work on the downtown park or streetcar system, city officials learned Tuesday.

Officials were presented with the option at a joint meeting of the Oklahoma City Council and MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board held at the Cox Convention Center.

Architectural Design Group's Mike Mize presented those in attendance a revised proposed timeline for the eight projects to be built with $777 million from the MAPS 3 initiative, a penny sales tax approved by voters in 2009.

A $280 million convention center is last in line to be built, a plan that did not sit well with everybody. While land acquisition for the center would start next year, construction would not begin until 2018, ending in 2021.

The proposed timeline has the first phase of the streetcar and transit hub construction starting in 2013 and the last phase ending in 2019.

The $130 million park would be built in two phases, with the upper park — the area near downtown — being constructed between 2013 and 2014 and the less expensive, lower section — nearer to the Oklahoma River — being built in 2018 and 2019.

Moving the convention center up would likely mean moving the transit system or the park back, Mize told the group.

Economics discussed

Advisory Board Chairman Tom McDaniel, who also chairs the convention center subcommittee, said consideration should be given to moving the convention center up on the timeline since it will have an economic impact at or near the top of all the projects.

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TIMELINE

MAPS 3 projects

Architectural Design Group's Mike Mize presented the Oklahoma City Council and the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board with a preliminary construction timeline for the eight MAPS 3 projects.

Convention center

Construction from late 2018 to mid-2021.

Downtown park

Construction of the upper park (near downtown) from early 2013 to late 2014; construction of the lower park (near Oklahoma River) from early 2018 to early 2019.

Modern streetcar and transit hub

Construction is scheduled for two phases: Phase 1 from mid-2013 to mid-2016; and phase 2 from early 2017 to early 2019.

State fairgrounds

Construction is scheduled in two phases: Phase 1 in 2014; and phase 2 from late 2015 through 2016.

Oklahoma River

Construction of a windscreen and lighting in 2012; a starting system, docks and irrigation from early 2013 to early 2014; a white-water park from mid-2014 through 2015; and a grandstand, floating stage and additional lighting from early 2018 to early 2019.

Wellness centers

Construction of Center 1 from early 2013 to mid-2014; Center 2 from early 2015 to mid-2016; Center 3 from late 2016 through 2017; Center 4 from mid-2018 to late 2019.

Trails

Construction scheduled for late 2013 to late 2016

Sidewalks

Construction from early 2013 to late 2014.

Online

Learn more at

NewsOK.com/MAPS3.

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