Two Edmond task force members vote against conference center project

The Capital Projects and Financing Task Force failed to approve the transfer of more than $2.2 million for the purchase of land to build a hotel and conference center. City council members are expected to make a final decision Monday.
by Diana Baldwin Published: November 22, 2012
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“We are helping out a private company and I don't necessarily agree with that,” Auchter said.

Capital projects task force members only make recommendations to city council members, who will make a final decision Monday.

City officials have signed a series of agreements that would give Edmond a full-service hotel and conference center and a sports complex. They have agreed to spend $11 million for land for the hotel, conference center and sports complex, infrastructure improvements and a $4.8 million investment in the construction of the conference center.

Commons said the purchase of the hotel and conference center land almost depleted the real property fund which is the interest from the hospital trust fund. The interest is set aside to purchase land for the city.

Council members also will consider Monday purchasing land at 1273 N Broadway for a new home for the information technology department. The purchase price is $735,000 and would come out of the real property fund.

Part of the information technology department is located in the administration offices at 100 E First Street, a building to be torn down to make room for the new public safety center.


by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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