May 24, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: May 24, 2016

The Myriad Botanical Gardens, as a beautiful place of respite in the Central Business District, is regularly filled with visitors of all ages enjoying a range of activities and programs.

Since its grand reopening in the fall of 2011, the Myriad Gardens Foundation has greatly increased the programs and offerings at the park, and has also dramatically increased its membership base from just a handful of members to nearly 2,800. Membership and facility rental fees help pay for the maintenance of the gardens as well as the wide spectrum of educational, recreational and cultural programming. This fiscal year, more than 200,000 people will enjoy events including movie nights, concerts, children’s events and more.

May 18, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: May 18, 2016

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to move forward with acquiring property for a proposed convention center hotel. This resolution is the first in many steps toward bringing in an integrated, full-service hotel to support the MAPS 3 downtown convention center.

In September, the city condensed a long list of potential convention hotel managers and developers down to four. These include Omni Hotels, Marcus Hotels and Resorts, Mortenson and Matthews Southwest. The city will continue to perform the due diligence necessary so the City Council can make a decision to move forward with the development of a convention center hotel and select from these qualified developers.

May 11, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: May 11, 2016

Quality retail is an important factor in the quality of life of a community, and sales tax dollars are the single most important source of operating revenue for Oklahoma City.

For those reasons, it’s important that we continue to attract and maintain a healthy mix of national retailers and local shops to our community. Attracting quality retail to our city keeps our sales tax dollars at home, which provides revenue for public safety, public services and infrastructure needs.

May 5, 2016

The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to approve the conceptual design for theMAPS 3 Downtown Convention Center, moving forward with a vision to create OKC’s “living room” on the edge of the MAPS 3 Downtown Public Park.

The conceptual design, created by consultants at Populous, calls for a multi-level building with a ballroom on the top floor featuring expansive views of the park and OKC’s urban core, leading designers to liken it to the community’s living room. The center will be on the park’s east edge, a block south of Chesapeake Energy Arena.

May 3, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: May 3, 2016

From a city planning and economic development perspective, the word “density” has a few different meanings and measurements.

Density may refer to the number of people who live within a certain amount of space, the size of the buildings on a particular site or the number of homes located within a particular area.