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.
Why does everyone think Midtown has the brightest future out of all the core city neighborhoods?
I don't think everyone swears that at all. I think Deep Deuce, Bricktown and Midtown are all very different and will each be incredibly impressive for years to come.
How will having the OCU Law School downtown affect nearby businesses?
I think the impact of the OCU Law School is greatly under-estimated right now. Several hundred law students and faculty filling up that building, day and night, will create some impressive opportunities for housing, restaurants and retail in the surrounding area. This could really close the gap between Midtown and Automobile Alley.
Is there a chance we will see construction on some part of the boulevard start before the decision on Reno/Western/Classen bridge/no bridge/roundabout is made?
They're working on the section west of Western Avenue currently. It is possible we might see some work this next year on the eastern end as well.
What is the latest on the Stage Center Tower? It sounds like it may not be OG&E/Enable moving in there?
We should be hearing something new fairly soon.
Will the dust bowl and fassler hall be on 10th street, in that flooded grassy area?
No, they will be across the street immediately east of Brown's Bakery.
When will Kevin Durant's restaurant open?
Later this year.
Are there any new retail businesses looking at Auto Alley? Are there any new construction projects along Broadway being developed? Are the parking lanes going to be changed to angled parking on Broadway?
Public Works is going very, very slow at adding the angled parking spaces. But I keep hearing it's going to happen. Yes, other retailers are looking to open along Broadway. Renovations are about to begin on the 1100, 1101 N Broadway buildings, and the Marion Hotel.
Are there any developments west of 235 that will connect OUHSC better to downtown?
Yes. The Metropolitan apartments at NW 8 and Oklahoma Avenue should kick off a lot of development along that stretch.
How many new houses are in the process of being built/designed in the SOSA neighborhood?
At last count, I think we've got at least half dozen modern homes coming in.
Any more talk about a Panera downtown?
It's died down some... but we may see a Corner Bakery instead.
Do you know of any plans for the vacant lot at NW 4th & Shartel?
We'll likely see housing there in a few years.
Is there a plan for a Warren type theater in Edmond area?
I've not heard that, but Edmond is due for something like that.