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« Reply #525 on: November 02, 2019, 10:32:01 am »

How does Chesapeake already need another $100mil in it? That would pay for a ton of sidewalks. Like you can upgrade one arena, or provide 7,500 nicer bus stops?

I know that this is fairly typical, but the taxpayers have been pumping $100mil every 10 years into it.

How exactly is it worth it to tax payers when there is this constant cash dump or abatements to keep pro sports teams in a metro?  I get the arguments about tourism, but when you wash it out into sales and lodger's tax, what's the real pay-back other than a cool factor?
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« Reply #526 on: November 03, 2019, 02:54:38 pm »


MAPS 4 Initiative for Chesapeake Energy Arena ($115 million)
of a $978 million proposal for 16 projects:


Arena opened in 2002 at a cost of $90 million--bare bones construction minimum without all the bells & whistles.  NHL rejected OKC's bid for an NHL franchise in 1997 because at the time, arenas being constructed cost in the $150-$200 million range.  NHL felt OKC could not build a viable arena on a $90 million budget--Columbus, OH (Bluejackets) were awarded one of the four final expansion franchises.

When the NBA voted for relocation of the NBA Seattle Supersonics in 2007-08; that relocation vote came with stipulations the OKC's downtown arena would be upgraded to meet NBA arena specifications.  OKC voters approved MAPS-for HOOPS $100 million initiative in arena upgrades & improvements.  The ownership group Professional Basketball Club LLC, of the Supersonics led by CEO Clay Bennett voted to relocate the franchise to OKC approved by the NBA Board of Governors 28-2 in favor of the move, with Dallas and Portland against it.

          
                         How arena will look with new southwest entrance upgrades thru MAPS 4



                       70,000 square feet expansion by widening the concourses

                        Makeover for the locker rooms

                        New scoreboard

                        Larger, better quality video screens

                        New seats and elevators would be replaced



          

Having an NBA franchise in OKC has greatly assisted the business community in 'Quality of Life' benefits Oklahoma City offers to businesses seeking information on expansion and/or relocation. We are currently witnessing a boom in downtown housing, business expansion, new entertainment & restaurants in districts like Midtown, Asia, Deep Deuce, Plaza, Stockyard City & Bricktown in our city.

Chesapeake Energy Arena much like the beautiful BOK Center in Tulsa is used for multi-purpose events besides basketball; it is city-owned and operated.




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« Reply #527 on: November 04, 2019, 08:06:06 pm »

Oklahoma City's downtown Scissortail Park at night.



Taken by OKC Talk forum poster, Goldfire
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« Reply #528 on: November 05, 2019, 11:54:59 am »

Wheeler District Developments...



. . .Fitzsimmons Architects




Beginning construction of The Big Friendly Brewery & Taproom can be seen between the former Downtown Airpark terminal and the growing Wheeler neighborhood. A three-story office and retail building is planned across the street from the terminal and brewery. [DAVE MORRIS/THE OKLAHOMAN]

A three-story office building with ground floor retail is planned to be the next addition to Wheeler, the master-planned, mixed use development emerging along the south shore of the Oklahoma River.

Since construction started almost a year ago, 40 homes have been built on the site of the former Downtown Airpark at 1701 S Western Ave. The master-planned community started with a series of charrettes, or open planning sessions, aimed at drawing public input into the overall design.

                                                                                                                                                                            
A three-story office and retail building, shown in this rendering, is set to be constructed at Wheeler in early 2020. [ALLFORD HALL MONAGHAN MORRIS RENDERING]

Above pick, Oklahoman, November 5 2019


Meanwhile, renovations are wrapping up on the 1947 Art Deco air terminal that is set to open as an all-day cafe. Construction has begun next door on the Big Friendly Brewery & Taproom. The offices and retail will be built across the street from the cafe and brewery.


Full story link, Oklahoman:  http://digital.newsok.com/Olive/ODN/Oklahoman/default.aspx
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« Reply #529 on: November 05, 2019, 05:37:46 pm »

OKC's growing pains..

Just a sampling of projects throughout the Oklahoma City core (Midtown, Downtown, Bricktown:


Really difficult to navigate thru traffic, a construction nightmare--hopefully we'll awaken and all this will pass.



Pictured above is the new 605 room Omni Hotel that will anchor the adjoining OKC convention center with a 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 30,000-square-foot ballroom and 45,000 square feet of additional meeting space for a new phase convention era that will extend beyond the 70s opening of the Myriad Convention Center.



The fulfillment center is a nearly 640,000-square-foot facility on a nearly 69-acre lot near the Will Rogers World Airport's Lariat Landing. A combination of employees and robotic machines work in tandem to pack and ship products within the warehouse.


Hotel rooms and suites will be on the first through eighth floors. Apartments will be on floors nine to 30.



The headliners & accolades:

The $287 million project will include a hotel, restaurant, apartments, parking garage and shops. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, an internationally top-rated chain, will be located on the first floor of the building. Marriott Autograph property will include 149 rooms; also the tower will feature 210 apartments inside the renovated First National Center.

Oklahoma City’s $288M Convention Center nears Completion; anticipates open in the 1st quarter of 2020.

New $241 million Omni Oklahoma City will open in early 2021.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden may get $71M in renovations and new exhibits over the next nine years.

2-year, $89M terminal expansion project starting at Will Rogers World Airport

Amazon begins hiring for 1,500 in Oklahoma City







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« Reply #530 on: November 12, 2019, 08:25:33 pm »

OKCTalk's Oklahoma City timeline pics

 


Downtown core housing boom




                              New 640,000 sq.ft., Amazon Fulfillment Center at Lariat Landing - Will Rogers World Airport


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« Reply #531 on: November 13, 2019, 09:04:32 am »


OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As state leaders get ready for the REAL ID Act to go into effect next year, they are releasing what the state’s compliant driver’s licenses will look like in the future.

                            

According to the latest timeline given to the Department of Public Safety by the vendor, the project maintains its progression toward the estimated target date of April 2020 for initial rollout. Additionally, full statewide implementation will be completed by September 2020,” the state’s latest extension request read.




It's what we do in Okrahoma!   Make each successive version uglier than the previous.   Like with car tags....

Hey!   I got an idea - hire an artist!!   Or at least someone with some sense of aesthetics.





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« Reply #532 on: November 13, 2019, 11:00:16 am »

No matter what the state unveils on license plates & identification; people are going to provide their personal critique.  Just hope we can meet with the real ID compliant
regulations.  My understanding is that the state has the information they need to move forward.
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« Reply #533 on: November 13, 2019, 11:43:33 am »

I've never given a second thought to what my DL looks like. The plates were objectively hideous and are seen by everyone. I can't see how they were ever thought of much less approved.
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« Reply #534 on: November 13, 2019, 11:56:40 am »

I've never given a second thought to what my DL looks like. The plates were objectively hideous and are seen by everyone. I can't see how they were ever thought of much less approved.

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