The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions on Oklahoma City development during his weekly online chat with readers Friday on NewsOK.com. This is an edited version of that conversation.
Q: With DNA galleries expanding, Pie Junky and a pizza place moving in, what's next for the Plaza District?
Lackmeyer: The Plaza District has a great future ahead, though they're very aware of the parking shortage they are now facing.
Expect more redevelopment of the impoverished Classen-10-Penn neighborhood to the south, and some spinoff development along nearby Classen Boulevard.
Q: Last week you alluded to some big projects in the pipeline for MidTown. Just how many of these big projects are you currently aware of, and what is the range in size/units?
Lackmeyer: If all goes as currently planned, we likely will see significant new residential development in MidTown.
Q: What's more likely to happen: Broadway between 11th & 12th getting a quiet zone and apartments, or some other development?
Lackmeyer: The site you speak of was purchased for construction of a new City Arts Center, which is currently at State Fair Park. I do believe, based on progress I'm tracking, that we will see a quiet zone come to reality. And more housing is almost a certainty for the area.
Q: It seems like companies and people are moving downtown regularly, but this could be a bad thing if downtown OKC can't support or keep up with that growth. Your thoughts?
Lackmeyer: Downtown is keeping up with the growth. We have street capacity for thousands more vehicles per day than what is carried currently. New parking garages are being built by the city. A streetcar system is being designed. And ample room for expansion of downtown exists to the south and west (and also some to the north).