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February 11, 2014

City council to meet at NPS building

NORMAN — The Norman City Council is going to school.

For the past several months, the Norman School Board met at city hall while the new administration building on Flood Avenue was constructed. Now, Norman Public Schools is returning the favor.

The Norman City Council will meet at the new NPS Administrative Services Building, 131 S. Flood Ave., tonight and again Feb. 25.  Currently, the city council chambers and the study session room are closed for construction while new audio and visual equipment is installed.

This will affect the ability to televise city council meetings.

The city council meeting will be televised Wednesday on Channel 20 following the meeting but will not stream that night. The special session will not be televised because it is a closed-door executive session to discuss agreements with employee groups.

Most other city committees will meet in the multi-purpose room at the Norman Municipal Complex, 201 W. Gray St. The planning commission will meet in Building A, Conference Room D.

Tonight, the city council will consider entering a contract with the University of Oklahoma and the National Charrette Institute for $200,000 for the “facilitation of a public design charrette and creation of a master plan and zoning code with building form standards for the center city visioning project area,” according to staff reports.

The city’s share of the contract will be $100,000, if approved by the council. The city approved a memorandum of understanding with OU on Jan. 14. The agreement outlines a partnership to create a Center City Master Plan and Vision Project, which could lay the groundwork for a rejuvenation of a portion of core Norman.

The master plan will cover a 42-block area between Campus Corner and downtown Norman.

Gray Street is the north boundary of the project area, with railroad tracks forming the east boundary, Boyd on the south and Park Avenue and Flood Avenue on the west.

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