Last week, Mayor Mick Cornett gave an update on MAPS 3 projects during his annual State of the City address. His report highlighted that 2017 is going to be a busy year for MAPS 3, with many of the projects seeing major milestones.
The Bennett Event Center is the signature piece of the MAPS 3 Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Improvements project. The $58.7 million building is on the site of the former Travel & Transportation Building. The grand opening for the new 279,000-square-foot expo building was earlier this month – just in time for the city’s largest home and garden event, which is coming up this weekend. Organizers expect a bump in attendance due to the expansion, which will result in economic gains for the city.
Groundbreaking for the MAPS 3 Modern Streetcar, to be known as the Oklahoma City Streetcar, is scheduled for Feb. 7. Construction will begin along E. Sheridan Avenue in Bricktown, and the system will eventually link key districts in and around downtown Oklahoma City.
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