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  • H&8th Cancelled

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Sad to say it, but our chance to say goodbye to H&8th is being washed away by today’s rain. Brian Bergman, coordinator of the monthly food truck festival, sent out the following message just minutes ago to food truck vendors: “Weather is looking worse and worse and we had held out hope...

  • A Closer Look at Elliott Nelson's Letter on Villa Teresa

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Over the past few days I've been writing columns and stories involving Tulsa businessman Elliott Nelson, owner of McNellie's, Fassler Hall and Dust Bowl and Midtown and his partner Casey Stowe's contract to buy the historic Villa Teresa school property and then "assign" it to their frequent...

  • Thank You Energy FC

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sun, Oct 11, 2015

    Go Energy FC! At 6 p.m. today, the team, launched just two years ago, will have its shot at the USL Western Conference Finals at Taft Stadium. I've attended a few games and had quite a time, though I still don't understand every aspect of the game (including the FC part of the team's name)....

  • Two buildings imploded to make way for a 27-story tower in downtown Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER | Updated: Sun, Sep 13, 2015

    The 11-story Black Hotel at 1 N Hudson Ave. and the adjoining Motor Hotel at 17 N Hudson Ave., were built in 1930 and were among more than a dozen notable buildings built at the time — most of which were already torn down during the urban renewal era of the 1970s.

  • Do An Online Tour of the Great Banking Hall at First National Center

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    Oklahoman Real Estate Editor Richard Mize has a great story and video today about new technology being employed by Price Edwards in marking of its properties. The 360-degree camera shots allow for virtual tours in a way I've not seen done before locally. And yes, First National is now in the...

  • Civic Center - Then and Now

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    - Photo by Joseph Mills Photography Type in just the right key word in The Oklahoman's archives and a nice surprise might just pop up. And that's exactly what happened today when I was searching for recent aerial photos of the Civic Center park. The above photo, actually, was shared with me...

  • Will the Bricktown Urban Design Committee Overlook Possible Past Defiance?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    About a dozen years or so ago, dating back to when John Calhoun was the planner who coordinated the Bricktown Urban Design Committee, a parking lot at Joe Carter Avenue and Sheridan Avenue was written up for having a temporary shed instead of a permanent parking booth. The owner, Joey Chaif,...

  • Was There Ever a Sale Contract for First National Center?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    What happened? There are so many twists and turns in the First National case that I imagine a lot of people are continuing to have questions about all of the claims and reports that took place over the past year. One particular question that tried to address this week, though it got lost in...

  • Retail Likely for Gold Dome - Grocery Stores Looking at Anchor Spot

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Jonathan Russell may be the owner that finally "gets it" when it comes to finding an adaptive re-use of the Gold Dome. The property has been besieged with owners who have either over-thought the building and sought to maintain the open central lobby and continue with office space (Dr. Irene...

  • Is This Mural Still in Storage at the OKC Public School Headquarters?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    A rare, out of print book recently brought to my attention has me wondering about the fate of the above mural which was displayed for three decades at Classen High School (now Classen SAS). At first glance, and seen on a far smaller computer screen, the central portion shown of "The Spirit of...

  • Is Bricktown set to see a 10-story building built next to the ballpark?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The latest agenda for the Bricktown Urban Design Committee confirms a rumor I heard a few weeks ago - that a 10-story building is being contemplated for the southeast corner of Mickey Mantle Drive and Sheridan Avenue. The corner has been home to a nondescript one-story building and paid parking...

  • A Closer Look at the Savings and Loan Bar in Uptown

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    On Sunday, I reported on the craftsmanship going into the restoration of the Tower Theater and surrounding retail storefronts in Uptown. The story included an update on the Savings and Loan Bar, which will open in the easternmost storefront where Beneficial Loans once operated for many years....

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