The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here.
When it comes to the skyline and downtown Oklahoma City, do you see growth fueled by all local companies or have you heard any outside relocation rumors?
Hopefully many of you read the story I had last Sunday about the future for downtown Oklahoma City's skyline. So here's what I can tell you - the companies I'm hearing about looking at new office construction downtown are mostly, but not totally, local companies.
Is there any special reason the Gazette parade is using such a different route this year?
My guess - and this is only a guess - is that it probably involves sponsorships and advertisement agreements that help pay for the production. Keep in mind, Bill Bleakley and his crew put a lot of time, money and effort into the parade, so at some level it's got to be self sustaining.
How far off are we from an official announcement of a new tower being built downtown?
I'm going to take Mark Beffort and others at their word and believe it will likely be within the next several months.
About a year ago a group bought Crossroads Mall and promised to get the mall going again. Have you heard anything on this?
I don't know. That's a challenging property, but I wouldn't bet against the owners, Michael Dillard and Roddy Bates. I'm not very up to date on Crossroads, which has been covered mostly by Oklahoman Real Estate editor Richard Mize.
With the Edge being built in Midtown, do you see some of these other large lots being bought up and larger developments being built on them?
Yes, I do see some other developments taking place on the lots you speak of, and don't be surprised if conversations are going on now ... I suspect we'll see more mixed use residential.
When is the Santa Fe Parking garage renovation supposed to start?
The last I checked, the Santa Fe parking garage renovation should start this winter.
Are there any plans to renovate the Melvin Luster home at 300 NE 3rd?
Neighbors report they've witnessed activity at the Luster home, which is a very impressive home built almost a century ago. It's not in great shape.
Is there a concrete plan for the Farmers' Market to become just that in the future - a centrally located hub for produce, meats, flowers, bread etc. that will be open more than one day a week?
A plan? No. An effort despite lack of planning? Yep. I'll be writing on this fairly soon.