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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Advisory Board Member Rusty LaForge also suggested moving up the convention center because, he said, it could begin to pay for itself. Transit could be moved back, which could allow for technological improvements to help build the system.

Councilman Pete White worried that moving transit construction back would cause the city to miss out on possible matching federal funds that would allow expansion of the system beyond downtown.

The current $130 million budgeted for the system would allow about 5.5 miles of track.

“The only way this transit is going to work is that it has to go out beyond 5 miles,” White said. “Any thought of moving transit back could be a tragedy. In fact, I recommend moving it up.”

‘Tough decisions'

Advisory Board Member Kimberly Lowe, who also chairs the parks subcommittee, said she would not oppose moving the park construction back to allow for earlier building of the convention center.

“The city needs operational funds,” she said. “We need to look at bringing revenue in.”

White said quality-of-life issues for those living and working in Oklahoma City were at least as important as the economic development issues.

“I didn't ever understand that MAPS 3 was about economic development,” White said. “It's about quality of life.”

No vote on a project timeline was taken at the public meeting, but city staff members were hoping to have a more permanent timeline decided in about a month, MAPS 3 program manager Eric Wenger said.

“At some point you may have to vote,” Mayor Mick Cornett told those in attendance Tuesday. “There's going to be some tough decisions.”



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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