OKC City Officials In Search Of Better Location For MAPS 3 Conve - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

OKC City Officials In Search Of Better Location For MAPS 3 Convention Center

Posted: Updated:
File photo File photo
OKLAHOMA CITY -

City officials said Oklahoma City will reopen the site selection process for the MAPS 3 Convention Center in search of a location that “better fits the land acquisition budget.”

According to a press release, the Municipal Counselor on Tuesday dismissed Oklahoma County District Court lawsuits against the owners of the property that the City Council selected for the convention center. City officials said the action marks the end of the city's current attempt to acquire this property, the site of a former car dealership south of Myriad Botanical Gardens and west of the downtown arena.

“It became obvious to the City Manager, the Municipal Counselor and me that purchasing this proposed MAPS 3 Convention Center site is not in the best interest of our residents and the MAPS program,” said Mayor Mick Cornett. “This protects the integrity of the MAPS program and shows our commitment to build every MAPS 3 project within budget while meeting or exceeding the expectations of our residents.” 

7/21/2014 Related Story: Is The New OKC Convention Center Worth It?

The City's budget for the MAPS 3 Convention Center includes $13 million for land acquisition. The property's owners provided documents estimating its value at more than $100 million, city officials stated. 

11/5/2014 Related Story: OKC City Council Approves More Funding For Convention Center

This wasn't the first time the City reopened the site selection process for a MAPS project. Previous MAPS projects that involved a reopened site selection process include the ballpark, the downtown library and the Bricktown Canal.

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Politics

Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Technology

Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.