The MAPS 3 convention center and modern streetcar projects took small steps forward, and the Oklahoma River project took a small step back Thursday at the Citizen Advisory Board meeting.
The board voted to recommend rejecting bids by contractors to improve lighting along the competition portions of the Oklahoma River. All of the bids came in over budget, city Public Works Director Eric Wenger said, so the next step is to modify the requirements for the lighting and see what subsequent bids are.
The board voted to recommend negotiating a contract with Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. for engineering and consulting services for the modern streetcar project.
Transit subcommittee Chairman Nathaniel Harding, an Oklahoma National Guard member preparing for an imminent foreign deployment, and his colleagues endorsed the group.
Pending City Council approval, city staff also will submit a notice to architects, engineers and planners regarding a conceptual study of the MAPS 3 convention center.
The board voted to recommend submitting the notice for the study, which will explore ways to incorporate various city projects, including the streetcars and an urban park, into the convention center's design.
The city council is the final decision-maker for MAPS 3 items. The Citizen Advisory Board makes recommendations for the council to consider. The council usually follows the recommendations.