MAPS 4 discussion set on Tuesday
As Oklahoma City voters prepare to vote on Dec. 10 for the fourth iteration of MAPS, several local experts and Mayor David Holt will address key issues about the downtown area at a public forum Tuesday at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel.
And The Oklahoman is inviting anyone who is interested in where downtown development is heading.
Panelists will explore how the less publicized aspects of MAPS 4 will fit in with the future American Indian Cultural Center and adjoining commercial development being planned by the Chickasaw Nation. The discussion also will cover how corridor improvements along the Oklahoma River will link the south shore cultural and commercial development — led by the Chickasaws, with the boathouse district — and plans for commercial development on the north shore.
Connections and fitting pieces together with the Innovation District also are part of MAPS 4 improvements, while development in and around the Chesapeake Energy Arena and a multi-use soccer stadium might go beyond what is being proposed to voters.
Our panel, moderated by The Oklahoman business reporter and columnist Steve Lackmeyer, was carefully selected to delve into the details of both the MAPS 4 proposals for the urban core and how they fit into other public and private development. They include Mayor Holt; Gov. Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation; Katy Evans Boren, president and CEO of the Oklahoma City Innovation District; Mike Knopp, executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation; Darren Ransley with the OKC FC Energy; and Berry Tramel, sports columnist at The Oklahoman.
The forum is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and include a reception with light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine at 5:30 p.m.
To purchase a ticket, go to https://bit.ly/2q2zsoI.
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... Read more ›
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›