3 questions with Anthony McDermid

by Steve Lackmeyer Published: April 28, 2013

Anthony McDermid co-founded TAP Architecture in 1988 and has played a leading role in downtown Oklahoma City planning and architecture, including housing in Deep Deuce, the new John W. Rex Elementary, the Civic Center parking garage south of City Hall, and Core to Shore.

Q. What will the biggest change be in the Oklahoma City metro area?

A. The center of Oklahoma City continues to be the hottest growth area in the metro and development is contiguous from Heritage Hills to the Oklahoma River along the (future MAPS 3) central streetcar route. As values of downtown residential real estate escalate beyond the reach of all but the upper middle class, mid-rise condos will have replaced stick built apartments as the dominant residential building type. Downtown’s population will reach 20,000 and will petition for inclusion in four redistricted City Council wards.

Q. Will there be physical changes? If so, what will they look like?

A. Corporate towers will surround the latest renovation of Myriad Gardens, and Oklahoma Park (the MAPS 3 Core to Shore park) will become the premiere address for upscale living.

Q. Where is the most potential?

A. North and south of downtown, MidTown and Core to Shore. It’s close to the urban core, and that’s where the investment is happening.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Reporter Sr.
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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