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  • New Towers to Require Requested Record Amount of Tax Increment Financing

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

      High-rise development proposed for city-owned property south of where Stage Center stood will include a request for a record-high amount of tax increment funding. The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is expected to decide Monday whether to name either Indianapolis-based Milhaus or...

  • A Personal Request - Make this Christmas Special

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    At this moment, there are more than 12,000 children in Oklahoma’s foster care system. They are kids who have endured ugliness in their homes, separated from parents they love, no matter how flawed those parents might be, and they’re often facing the uncertainty of whether those families will be...

  • Special OKC Central Live Chat All-Stars Edition at 1:30 p.m. today

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Today, I am with a who’s who in the development and planning community on a bus headed toward San Antonio hosted by the Urban Land Institute. We’ve got a long bus ride. The bus has electric outlets and free wi-fi. And we can talk to each other for so long. There will be live tweeting on this...

  • Design Review at Work: More Revisions to the Criterion Music Hall in Bricktown

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    A few weeks ago I reported on plans by Matt Maley, an oil & gas guy and real estate investor from Colorado, to build a concert venue with the operators of the Wormy Dog Saloon in Bricktown on what remains of the old Stewart Metal Fabricators complex on E Sheridan Avenue. City planner Michael...

  • Arts District Garage Now Open

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority, now known as EMBARK, hosted the grand opening of the new Arts District Parking Garage Tuesday afternoon. The $24.5 million, 10-story garage at 431 W Main, between Walker and Hudson, adds 802 new parking spaces to Downtown Oklahoma City...

  • Fix Finally Underway on NE 2 Sidewalk Obstacle - The Rest of the Story

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Over the past couple of years I must have written about a half dozen blog posts questioning, challenging and even mocking City Hall’s actions involving the sidewalk in front of the 2nd Street Lofts in Deep Deuce. I predicted early on, before the arrival of an Aloft Hotel, an Urban Johnnie’s, a...

  • Cool Renovation Underway at 1116 N Robinson Avenue

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    A transformation is taking place in Midtown at 1116 N Robinson Avenue. The building, previously home to a prosthetics company and manufacturer, sold earlier this year to attorney Gary Homsey. People are applauding the quick removal of the awning that covered up the finer details of this Art Deco...

  • A Less Expensive Solution

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

    As I reported this weekend, the Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday will be asked to restore $30 million to the budget for the MAPS 3 convention center that was taken out when the project was located on the site of the former Fred Jones Ford dealership instead of where an OG&E substation is...

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

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    It’s been a long but good week. We have wonderful fall weather today for the annual Carpe Diem chili cook-off hosted by VI Marketing is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today on Park Avenue. For $10 you get three bowls of chili and a drink. Scheduling conflicts have kept me away during prior years – […]

  • Carne Diem - Seize the Bowl of Chili!

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    The third annual Carne Deim chili cook-off street party is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday – a cool event hosted by VI Marketing. The street party on Park Avenue between Broadway and Robinson will feature tents with chili served by some of the city’s best restaurants, a live roof-top...

  • Jill's Story

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    A lot of smart, talented and creative folks are involved in transforming downtown Oklahoma City into something special. One of those folks is Jill Delozier, who has overseen marketing and community relations for the past three years. Sometimes we’re all guilty of forgetting that each person has a...

  • Another Great Family Event for Bricktown - "Brick or Treat"

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    I continue to be impressed by the promotions being launched  by Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. since it took the reins at the Bricktown Association. I was skeptical of the set-up prior to its start, and I’m delighted to see just how wrong I was in thinking this change would be the detriment of...



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