Tom McDaniel: MAPS 3 goals are well within sight

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 By: Tom McDaniel Source: NewsOK

MAPS 3 is entering its homestretch with the momentum and money to finish the job. Oklahoma City's unique formula for success is the collaboration of city government, the business community, world-class consultants and contractors, and a cadre of local volunteers. It is a testament to public teamwork. As a result, the goals established almost a decade ago are now well within our sights.

On Dec. 31, collections ended on the MAPS 3 1-cent sales tax initiative. While the final collection amount for the $777 million program will be determined soon, city officials project we will exceed that amount by approximately $28.5 million. The mayor and city council will ultimately decide how the excess collections will be spent, and in the meantime, work is either ongoing or complete on all eight projects.

Construction on the upper Scissortail Park is well underway. We broke ground in June and announced the park's name after an engaging public vote. The 70-acre park will extend from the core of downtown to the shore of the Oklahoma River. Nearby, the downtown convention center construction will begin soon as bids open this spring. Omni will build a contiguous headquarters hotel.

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