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  • A Closer Look at the Future 21C Museum Hotel

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    My latest story delves into the design of the conversion of the former Fred Jones assembly plant at 900 W Main Street into a 21c Museum Hotel.  I don’t think we can under-estimate the impact of this development on the west fringe of downtown.

  • Springhill Suites Project Revived for Bricktown

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    This project, at 600 E Sheridan Avenue, at first glance looks a lot like the one that was rejected for Deep Deuce though it may include more brick than the previous design. It will be five stories high, with 128 guest rooms. The design is again by Sid Parekh of Cypress, Texas, with development by...

  • Will Stage Center be Demolished This Next Month?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    As I first reported June 5, fencing is set to go up around Stage Center as the date of demolition nears for the architectural icon. The permit came through today on city’s web site from Universal Fencing to put up the fence. We do not have any word yet on when demolition will actually take […]

  • Will New Flatiron Renderings Get Green Light From Urban Renewal?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    It looks like the redevelopment of the long empty Flatiron building at N 6th and Harrison Avenue has undergone yet another tweak on its way to being redeveloped by Chuck Ainsworth for PLICO (an insurance company). An additional third floor is being added to add boardroom and executive “function”...

  • Will Hider: Great New Photos of Bricktown Holiday Inn Express

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Work is progressing rapidly now on the Bricktown Holiday Inn Express at Main Street and Oklahoma Avenue. OKC Central contributor Will Hider has great new shots of the project:      

  • OKC Central Live Chat 10:30 a.m. Today

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    OKC Central Live Chat is at its new regular starting time today, 10:30 a.m., on NewsOK. You can start posting comments and questions at 10 a.m. Have a great day.

  • Bricktown Music Hall Now "BMH"

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Not sure I get the name switch, but give Bob and Norm Bekoff credit – they gave live music a shot at the Bricktown Music Hall. After a year-long attempt at bringing life to the space that was once home to the legendary O’Brien’s, the Bekoffs are renaming their venue “BMH,” which they envision...

  • Development Update: Deep Deuce Firehouse, Maywood Apartments, Phase 2

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Now that the OKC Central blog is up and running, I am trying to provide some quick updates they’re available. Two projects that have been fairly quiet of late is the Maywood Apartments, second phase, at Walnut Avenue and NE 3, and the “fire house” home to be built by Ron Walters along NE 1 […]

  • OKC Central Live Chat 10:30 a.m. Today

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo9t5XK0FhA The new starting time remains in effect – you can start posting comments and questions at NewsOK at 10 a.m., the conversation starts at 10:30 a.m. Stay dry!

  • Construction Update: The Metropolitan Apartments

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Construction has started up on Metropolitan, a 330-unit, $45 million apartment complex that will be the largest single housing development built to date in downtown Oklahoma City. The site is big. It stretches along the east side of Oklahoma Avenue, between NE 6 and NE 9, connecting it to the...

  • Downtown Events! From Downtown OKC Inc.

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Rock the Boat This Weekend on the Bricktown Canal Come out this Saturday, June 7for the second annual Rock the Boat festival on the Bricktown Canal. From noon to 6pm pop-up shops will line Oklahoma Avenue and feature vendors selling jewelry, home goods, pet accessories, art, clothing,...

  • A Closer Look at Broadway 10

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER | Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    It’s amazing to think what gems wait to be discovered downtown. My latest story, (put link to story http://newsok.com/article/4880020) on the Broadway 10 Bar and Chophouse, is of particular interest considering what an incredible space has existed, empty and forgotten, inside the Buick Building...

  • Bricktown Towers?

    By Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sat, May 31, 2014

    For the past several weeks I’ve been digging into a phantom project – one that as of yet does not exist and yet is eagerly anticipated among those who follow downtown development.

  • Join Me at Full Circle Bookstore, 3 p.m. Today

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sat, May 31, 2014

    I've been very blessed over the years to have two great partners in my endeavors to tell the history of our city – co-author Jack Money and book designer Carl Brune.

  • Design Changes Proposed for Downtown Boulevard

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER | Updated: Wed, May 21, 2014

    The comment period appears to be over on the four potential designs for the downtown boulevard, but have no doubt, this discussion is down to just two options. Option D, scored lowest by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, looks at a proposal to not build the boulevard at all between...

  • New 10:30 a.m. Start Time for Friday OKC Central Live Chat

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, May 15, 2014

    As I adjust to some changing circumstances in my schedule, we may be looking at the weekly OKC Central Live Chat changing from a 10 a.m.

  • OKC Central Live Chat Transcript - Band-Aid Edition

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Several of you have asked about the live chat transcript and yes, it wasn’t posted as usual today.

  • Early 9:30 a.m. Start for OKC Central, Early End

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Early, of course, is relative. When this chat started a couple of years ago, it was supposed to go one hour, from 10 a.m.

  • A Better View of the Boulevard Design "Scored" Highest by ODOT

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Imagine being a student and being able to determine what criteria will be used to determine the grade on your test.

  • More Questions than Answers on the Downtown Boulevard

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    I spent more than an hour tonight trying to understand the four downtown boulevard design options presented by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation at an Open House held in the Cox Convention Center.

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