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Construction on new hotel, MAPS 3 convention center underway

OKLAHOMA CITY - Construction on a new hotel and Maps 3 convention center is now underway following a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday.

On Monday, representatives from Omni Hotels and Resorts joined OKC city officials for a groundbreaking ceremony on the new downtown OKC Omni Hotel and Maps 3 Convention Center.

"Many people in this audience will well remember the days when we had one hotel downtown," Mayor David Holt said at the ceremony.

The soon-to-be 17-story hotel and convention center will bring 605 more hotel rooms and 50,000 square feet of meeting space to downtown OKC.

"The beauty of it is really going to be the whole bottom podium that is going to have indoor, outdoor spaces. So, we're really going to be able to reflect what Oklahoma is all about," Peter Strebel, President of Omni Hotels and Resorts, said.

Located right across from the Chesapeake Arena and overlooking the new 70-acre Scissortail Park, the new grounds will include several restaurants, bars, and a rooftop pool.

"It's going to be bringing new jobs and new energy and that's just so exciting to be a part of that new growth," Strebel said.

Omni OKC is expected to have an economic impact of over $75 million annually and bring in hundreds of jobs.

"This is just trying to meet the needs and the expectations of the people who live in America's 27th largest city. This meets our needs. As the years go on, maybe we'll need more but for right now, this meets our needs," Mayor Holt said.

Construction on Omni OKC is expected to be complete by 2021.