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Future is bright for development in Oklahoma City's Plaza, MidTown districts

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer weighed in on developments in downtown Oklahoma City and adjacent areas during his weekly online chat Friday on
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: February 9, 2013

Q: At one point I think there was some concern that with the construction projects so spread out over the different districts that we might fall short of having any one complete revitalized urban neighborhood. With Deep Deuce rapidly filling in, and now north and east Bricktown, along with what is happening in MidTown, is there still some concern that we are spreading our growth and development resources too thin? Or is all this beginning to snowball so quickly that it is no longer a concern?

Lackmeyer: If all proceeds as planned, Deep Deuce will be as close to being fully developed as one can imagine within the next five years.

Bricktown is also on the verge of having most undeveloped properties built up, though it still faces the challenge of thousands of square feet left vacant in the upper floors of the old warehouses.

MidTown still has a long way to go, as does Film Row.

So far, I'm not seeing anything that would worry me about development resources being spread thin, though I still question the city's plans for Core to Shore. The developers I speak to have very different ideas about what is possible for the area compared to what is in the 2006 Core to Shore master plan still being pursued by Mayor Mick Cornett.

Q: Any chance that the Bricktown Canal would expand to the east with all the development moving in that direction? Is it safe to assume that the canal will never move into the downtown area?

Lackmeyer: An extension of the canal was rejected by the mayor during planning for MAPS 3, and I've not seen any new effort to revive talk of a canal extension in the future.

Q: Any chance they would add another dam on the Oklahoma River close to NW 10 and make that area a recreational water area?

Lackmeyer: Yes. I can absolutely see that happening over the long term, especially when or if the American Indian Cultural Center is completed and opened.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
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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