Convention center site chosen, but not everyone is happy. Thoughts?
So much happened at this meeting, I could only get so much into the story. Here’s what didn’t make the cut:
- MAPS 3 Program Manager is now referring to the disputed $30 million substation relocation in Core to Shore as a “separate project” – essentially giving it status equal to the convention center, park, streetcar system, etc.
-”At the last meeting I was somewhat concerned about how one project was pulled by this committee… it seemed unusual that somehting already eliminated was revived, I was hoping for the high road, that what was fixing to happen was we would discect that location to make sure it was the right decision. I think today we see less accurate information about the Core to Shore south site than we had at a previous time.” – Avis Scaramucci, chair of the Bricktown Association, convention center subcommittee member.
- “You’re looking at Core to Shore south through rose colored glasses,” – Kirk Humphreys to consultants with Populous after questioning what he deemed were generous rankings for the site’s proximity to hotels, restaurants and nightlife.
- “All we’re trying to give is an honest comparison of the real costs of the various projects, based on the real world and not on how someone wants to divide or subdivide the projects.” – Larry Nichols
-”What was put into promotional material was $280 million for a convention center. To quote the mayor, the $30 million (being redirected from the convention center budget to a substation relocation) was too small a detail to get anyone interested in. I’m suggesting we get interested in it here today.” – Kirk Humphreys
- Add Councilman Ed Shadid to the list of council members who say they gave no instructions to city staff concerning the scheduling of construction for the proposed Core to Shore central park. That’s a majority – I’ve not heard back from Larry McAtee, Skip Kelley or David Greenwell.