Will the City Council Approve $1.1 Million to Ensure Connection Between Central Park and “Proposed Convention Center”?
That’s the question Tuesday morning on agenda item VI.AT.1 as city staff notes that the new I-40, previously promoted as being below grade will now be simply depressed or at grade. They are asking to tap unused bond funds to build some sort of box that would somehow prevent the new highway ramp from cutting off the MAPS 3 central park from the “proposed convention center.”
Maybe, just maybe, I was asked today by one reader, there should be a re-evaluation of Core to Shore all together? Can the Core to Shore concept work if it has a highway going through it “at grade?” Are any of the assumptions of the Core to Shore study valid anymore with this new highway design? And is anyone asking why so much money is being spent for a “proposed convention center site” that has been deemed LEAST VIABLE by HOK consultants and the Urban Land Institute?
The mayor has said repeatedly that there will a fair consideration given to all potential convention center sites. But at what point will the city have committed so much money to this site favored by Mayor Mick Cornett (I’ve heard no other elected official favor this site) that residents will be told “it’s too late – we’ve spent too much money on this one site to consider any other?”
The city council meets at 8:30 a.m. on the third floor of City Hall. Anyone wishing to speak on this item should show up in advance and fill out a notice indicating your intent.