Oklahoma Indian Cultural Center work may halt

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (AP) June 2010

A state lawmaker says failure to pass a bond package for the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City could halt work on the project.

Sen. Harry Coates of Seminole said during June a $43 million dollar bond package that would have attracted another $45 million in private donations didn’t get a vote during late May – the final day of the 2010 Legislature.

Coates says there is enough money to keep working for a few more months but that construction will eventually be forced to stop.

The $170 million complex will cover 250 acres and include 125,000 square feet of building space. It is scheduled for completion in 2014.

Over 20 years it is projected to generate $3.8 billion in economic benefits.