Site selected for MAPS 3 Convention Center in Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City may be one step closer to a new convention center.

On Tuesday, the city council selected the 'East Park' site, an area near S.W. 4th and Robinson, for the center's location.

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"[Our current convention center] needs to be bigger. It needs to be better," said Mayor Mick Cornett. "When we looked into considerations on a new convention center, we wanted a site that would be easily accessible and keep construction costs down."

City officials said the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City will be negotiating deals for the properties involved on the city's behalf.

"There is a variety of land we still need to purchase," Cornett said. "There's a lot of different owners for this property."

For any of the properties the city is unable to reach a deal on, city council has authorized the use of eminent domain proceedings.

The new convention center is part of the MAPS 3 program.

The MAPS 3 Convention Center has a current budget of $287,000,000.

“I think the site we have chosen gives us the best chance to control the cost of construction, while still allowing us to build a first class convention center of which we can all be proud," Cornett said.