Film Row developer: Oklahoma City's urban core is being redeveloped in such a fun, interesting way

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: September 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm •  Published: September 20, 2013
Part of the renovated Hart Building located in Historic Film Row in downtown Oklahoma City on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Part of the renovated Hart Building located in Historic Film Row in downtown Oklahoma City on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Chip: We are completing the sliver building, which should be occupied in December. It will be home to Butzer-Gardener Design. In the first quarter of next year we will start work on the 800 W Sheridan building, which is a pre-statehood building just west of Hart. We're excited about the new school currently going up two blocks east of us and a law firm is building a new building between the school and Film Row.

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).

Read the complete chat transcript here.


by Steve Lackmeyer
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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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