Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 Citizen Advisory Board approved recommendation Thursday of project requirements for the future convention center that are less specific than those included in a draft version.
Convention center subcommittee members had expressed a desire to be more flexible in how to plan the use of space in the convention center. Requirements related to the specific number of exhibit halls and even the height of the ceiling in those halls and ballrooms were dumped from the final version to give planners more leeway.
The board also recommended the city council approve a contract with Hargreaves Associates, a consultancy, to come up with a master plan for the 70-acre Core to Shore urban park. The $1.2 million contract puts Hargreaves in charge of working with stakeholders, city staff and MAPS 3 subcommittee members to design the ambitious park.
MAPS program manager David Todd told the board property acquisitions in the footprint of the future park are going well. With only a few exceptions, the city has mostly avoided litigation as it buys property north of Interstate 40 for the northern 40 acres of the park. Focus will shift to the south side of the interstate over time.