Metropolitan Area Projects Plan 3

Metropolitan Area Projects Plan 3

The Metropolitan Area Projects Plan 3, or MAPS3, is a $777 million public works and redevelopment project in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma funded by a temporary voter-approved sales tax increase.

History

Following the passage of the Metropolitan Area Projects Plan in December, 1993 and the MAPS-for-Kids in 2001, and short term tax in 2008 for improvements at the Ford Center to secure the new NBA team, Oklahoma City Thunder the sales tax was set to expire. [1]. Mayor Mick Cornett solicited for public input on what projects should be included in a MAPS3 proposal. Public transportation was popular as well as upgrades in parks and trails. The final proposal also included a $280 million convention center which was not publicly popular.[2] The MAPS3 proposal faced fiercer opposition than both the earlier MAPS and MAPS-for-Kids proposals. Both Police and Fire Unions publicly opposed the plan because they felt it would strain resources needed for public safety.[3] On December 8, 2009 the MAPS3 proposal passed by a 54-46 margin. [4].

Projects

$280 million new 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2) Convention Center[5].

$130 million 70-acre (280,000 m2) downtown park similar to Houston's Discovery Green to be located south of current I-40[6].

$130 million for mass transit including a downtown 5-6 mile modern streetcar system [7].

$50 million for health and wellness aquatic centers to be located throughout the city [8].

$60 million for improvements at the Oklahoma State Fair [9].

$60 million for improvements to the Oklahoma River[10].

$40 million to extend trails throughout the city[11].

$10 million to build sidewalks around the city [12].


References

  1. ^ "Oklahoma City MAPS 3". About.com. http://okc.about.com/od/citygovernment/a/okcmaps3.htm. 
  2. ^ Dave Jordan (2009-09-17). "Mayor, Oklahoma City Leaders Unveil MAPS 3 Projects". KWTV. http://www.news9.com/global/Story.asp?s=11148425. 
  3. ^ KOCO (2009-11-13). "Police, Firefighters Oppose MAPS 3". KOCO. http://www.koco.com/news/21611429/detail.html. 
  4. ^ John Estus and Brian Dean (2009-12-09). "Oklahoma City Voters Say Yes to MAPS 3 Proposal". The Oklahoman. http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-voters-say-yes-to-maps-3-proposal/article/3423715. 
  5. ^ The Oklahoman Staff (2009-12-08). "A Closer Look: Breakdown of MAPS 3 Projects". The Oklahoman. http://www.newsok.com/a-closer-look-breakdown-of-maps-3-projects/article/3423369. 
  6. ^ The Oklahoman Staff (2009-12-08). "A Closer Look: Breakdown of MAPS 3 Projects". The Oklahoman. http://www.newsok.com/a-closer-look-breakdown-of-maps-3-projects/article/3423369. 
  7. ^ The Oklahoman Staff (2009-12-08). "A Closer Look: Breakdown of MAPS 3 Projects". The Oklahoman. http://www.newsok.com/a-closer-look-breakdown-of-maps-3-projects/article/3423369. 
  8. ^ The Oklahoman Staff (2009-12-08). "A Closer Look: Breakdown of MAPS 3 Projects". The Oklahoman. http://www.newsok.com/a-closer-look-breakdown-of-maps-3-projects/article/3423369. 
  9. ^ The Oklahoman Staff (2009-12-08). "A Closer Look: Breakdown of MAPS 3 Projects". The Oklahoman. http://www.newsok.com/a-closer-look-breakdown-of-maps-3-projects/article/3423369. 
  10. ^ The Oklahoman Staff (2009-12-08). "A Closer Look: Breakdown of MAPS 3 Projects". The Oklahoman. http://www.newsok.com/a-closer-look-breakdown-of-maps-3-projects/article/3423369. 
  11. ^ The Oklahoman Staff (2009-12-08). "A Closer Look: Breakdown of MAPS 3 Projects". The Oklahoman. http://www.newsok.com/a-closer-look-breakdown-of-maps-3-projects/article/3423369. 
  12. ^ The Oklahoman Staff (2009-12-08). "A Closer Look: Breakdown of MAPS 3 Projects". The Oklahoman. http://www.newsok.com/a-closer-look-breakdown-of-maps-3-projects/article/3423369. 

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