The site of downtown Oklahoma City’s new convention center will run along S. Broadway Avenue.
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On Tuesday, the Oklahoma City Council closed its meeting with an executive session, and when they emerged, it look less than 30 seconds to cap months of speculation and uncertainty over the site of the MAPS 3 Convention Center.

The council moved to pick a site known as East Park 1, located south of the Chesapeake Energy Arena from SW 3rd to SW 7th streets between Robinson Ave. and Shields Blvd.

A view of Broadway Avenue from the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Four months ago, Oklahoma City hit a snag on the long-awaited MAPS 3 convention center in downtown. In March, the city dropped a land bid for the location they wanted just south of the Myriad Gardens.

Oklahoma City budgeted $13 million for land acquisition, and the current owners wanted $100 million, so they had to figure something else out.

The city hired the consulting firm Populous to do that, and on Tuesday the group unveiled its site evaluations and made its pitch to the city council.

Sue Wyglendowski grooms one of the 16 collies she brought from Mantua, Ohio, for the 2015 Collie Club of America National Specialty Show at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City Tuesday.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Last week, Oklahoma City said it would reopen the search process for the site of the MAPS 3 convention center, and on Tuesday the city council voted to abandon the originally planned location near the Myriad Gardens.

The previous site plan for the downtown Oklahoma City convention center.
Courtesy rendering / The Journal Record

Tuesday afternoon Oklahoma City leaders announced they would start looking for a new site for the convention center that's part of the Metropolitan Area Projects, or MAPS 3, proposal voters approved in 2009.

Traffic passes in front of the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Tuesday the Oklahoma City Council approved a request for proposals for a hotel catering to the convention center that will be built as part of the series of projects funded by the MAPS 3 temporary sales tax extension.

During the meeting, the council heavily stressed the importance of building enough parking for the hotel, convention center, and other uses around town, as well as alternate funding to make sure developers can complete the project.

MAPS Turns 20

Dec 6, 2013

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the passage of the original Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) program.

By voting for a temporary one-cent sales tax, the citizens of Oklahoma City enabled the city to collect nearly $310 million dollars to help fund nine "quality of life" projects in downtown Oklahoma City.

The resulting development and renovations sparked a genuine revitalization of downtown Oklahoma City. 

Provided / City of Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved a route for the first phase of a streetcar line as part of the MAPS 3 series of projects.

The 4.5-mile route framework connects Bricktown, Midtown, and a future convention center and downtown park also approved as part of MAPS 3.

OKC Taking Up Streetcar Route Sept. 24

Aug 23, 2013
City of Oklahoma City

Members of the Oklahoma City Council are expected to take up the route of a planned streetcar next month.

A news release from the city says the council will consider a MAPS 3 route framework for the streetcar Sept. 24.

OKC Boulevard Still Work In Progress

Jul 8, 2013
City of Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation continues to seek public input on the future development of the Oklahoma City Boulevard. The new street is part of the re-alignment of Interstate 40 near downtown.

Many residents expressed concern over early versions of the boulevard during a series of public meetings on the proposal, which included a longer elevated portion of the roadway.

Four Options: OKC Metro Rail Line

Jun 27, 2013
City of Oklahoma City

Consultants working on the route for a proposed modern streetcar system in Oklahoma City presented four routes to the MAPS3 Citizens Advisory Committee.

All the proposals focus on the central sections of the metro, connecting Bricktown, Midtown and the central business districts, according to a June 26 news release.

There is no mandate for city council members to approve any of the routes, or a modern streetcar at all. A vote by the council could change that direction.