FSB takes the lead in Oklahoma City’s dramatic renaissance.
Oklahoma City is home to one of the most aggressive and comprehensive capital improvement programs ever undertaken in the U.S. at one time. The Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) was a $360 million, five-year, 1/2-penny sales tax initiative passed by the citizens of Oklahoma City. Nationally, MAPS has become an urban revitalization model that many other cities are following today.
When FSB entered the picture in 1992, the MAPS project was only a dream. City leaders needed to address many objectives and adequately communicate those objectives to citizens to gain support for the necessary sales tax. Through our early involvement and subsequent urban design expertise, nine redevelopment projects were planned and visually communicated with success to the public, helping to ensure passage of the necessary funding.
In 1994, FSB continued to help steer MAPS toward success through our role as program coordinator. A master plan was developed that was both visionary and instrumental in moving key projects like the 12,000- seat Ballpark to the Bricktown/downtown area – creating a more cohesive, vibrant city. Other programs included in MAPS are: a festive Riverwalk Canal, a new multi-level public library and learning center, a new 20,000-seat Indoor Sports Arena, Civic Center Music Hall renovation, Myriad Convention Center renovation, State Fairgrounds improvements, a transportation link between downtown and outlying hotel/trade centers; and the North Canadian Riverfront Development.
Our early urban design and planning efforts helped this complex program become a reality, and today MAPS is now the single best known success story for urban redevelopment in the history of the state and perhaps the region.