What is the end goal for Film Row? Do you see a true mixed use area with residential and retail along with the restaurants and offices there now?
Chip: I would love for there to be some residential here. But it's so much cheaper to building commercial space compared to residential space. I'm hoping other developers will build residential in our area.
What was your initial attraction to this part of town?
Chip: The cool Art Deco and mid-century modern style of buildings here were what initially drove me to the area. I wanted a place to be a headquarters for our companies and the Hart building seemed a perfect place to do that if we could redevelop the rest of the street appropriately.
Beyond film row what comes to mind when you think of Oklahoma City in 2030?
Chip: As one who grew up watching our central business district being vacated during my early years, it thrills me to see our urban core being redeveloped in such a fun, cool interesting way. I believe developers like Bob Howard, Mickey Clagg, Steve Mason, Marva Ellard are doing a great job of spearheading our individual districts. It's exciting what I see happening over the next several years.
A place called Film Row should have a movie theater don't you think?
Chip: We do! We have a screening room at The Paramount. We have the deadCENTER Film Festival and our Friday night previews will show outside screenings on the outside wall of the Paramount (including tonight).