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 Area Projects, the rebuilding of north downtown, the rebirth of the Skirvin Hotel, the rise of Bricktown, Midtown and Automobile Alley, and the city's courting of the NBA.
Steve's family came to town in 1977 when his father led construction of the Sheraton Century Center Hotel. He roamed the brand new corridors of the Conncourse tunnels (now The Underground). He saw the final last gasp of the old downtown and witnessed the destruction of the 26-story Biltmore Hotel. He spent his teenage years watching construction of the Myriad Gardens and a new skyline including Mid-America (home to Continental Resources), Oklahoma and Corporate Towers, and Leadership Square.
Steve was once referred to as a “downtown partisan” by The Oklahoman's real estate editor Richard Mize. It's a beat Steve enjoys, and his column, "OKC Central," can be read every Tuesday in The Oklahoman’s business section. Lackmeyer also hosts the downtown blog "OKC Central." He is also author of four books about downtown’s history, “OKC Second Time Around,” “Skirvin,” “Operation Scissortail” and “Cornerstone” (all co-authored by Jack Money) and "Bricktown." Lackmeyer also authored "Foraging in Oklahoma," a travelogue and recipe book about produce found at Oklahoma farms and ranches.
Steve is a frequent speaker on downtown development and history, with appearances on television stations OETA, KWTV, KSBI, radio stations KTOK, KGOU, KOSU, WKY and KOKC, local Rotary and Lion’s clubs, and the 2010 National Main Streets Conference. In 2014 Steve was awarded the President’s Award from Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. at its annual Dean A. McGee Awards in recognition of his coverage of downtown and its history.

  • Bricktown-based architectural firm moving to Fred Jones Assembly Plant

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: 2 hr ago

    ADG, an architectural, project management and engineering firm, and its 60 employees are moving to the west end of the landmark Fred Jones Assembly Plant at 900 W Main, in Oklahoma City. The firm will occupy the only space not already set to be converted into the new 21C Museum Hotel.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Development seems likely for lumberyard south of Bricktown

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: 22 hr ago

    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 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, Oct. 24, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: 22 hr ago

    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 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City arts projects are popping up around downtown area

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Efforts by Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. are underway to add even more displays with murals set to be added to the railway viaduct that runs along the western boundary of Bricktown and interactive displays throughout the Central Business District.

  • Oklahoma City's Halloween revelers to take act to Broadway

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Downtown Halloween Parade revived with floats, krewes and prizes, followed by a Zombie Ball and costume party in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Flatiron building facelift continues

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    The building was boarded up for 27 years and previously controlled by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority before Chuck Ainsworth was designated to redevelop it into the headquarters for Physicians Liability Insurance Co.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Next downtown announcement could concern First National Center

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    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 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, Oct. 17, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    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 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Another Great Family Event for Bricktown - "Brick or Treat"

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    I continue to be impressed by the promotions being launched  by Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. since it took the reins at the Bricktown Association. I was skeptical of the set-up prior to its start, and I’m delighted to see just how wrong I was in thinking this change would be the detriment of the district. […]

  • Renovation of an Oklahoma City downtown retail hub will strip away 'improvements'

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Main Street Arcade, a block-long, two-story building at 629 W Main, opened in 1923 and is also approved for a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • New nine-story boutique hotel planned for Bricktown

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    A parking lot in the heart of Bricktown will be home to a new boutique hotel unveiled Wednesday to 1,900 hoteliers and developers at a conference hosted by Hilton Worldwide. Tulsa hotelier Andy Patel bought the southeast corner of Oklahoma and Sheridan Avenues this week, paying $2 million to Bricktown Central LLC. Andy Burnett and Zach Martin, with Newmark Grubb brokered the sale. Patel, CEO of Anish Hotels, is set to build one of the country’s first Canopy by Hilton hotels, a new concept unveiled Wednesday by the company’s CEO.

  • Kaiser's set to return in historic building with new operators in Midtown Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Fears that the building was damaged by nearby construction at St. Anthony Hospital were unfounded.

  • Oklahoma City redevelopment set to honor legacy of late Bricktown “mayor” Jim Brewer

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    The late Jim Brewer’s name will soon be added onto the warehouse where his family’s involvement in Bricktown started 30 years ago.

  • Pending developments could restore the luster to Bricktown

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Bricktown Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Concert hall, housing, office and mixed-use developments will put a new face on the state’s premier urban entertainment district

  • Uncertain Future for the Walcourt

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    When the Walcourt Apartments first opened in 1928, the complex was the pride and joy of its developer, H.E. Mussen. The city was in the midst of an economic boom, and all across America it seemed as if good times were going to last forever. Mussen, a consulting engineer, took out a full page advertisement […]

  • Will Hider: A Tour of The Edge in Midtown

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    The Edge in Midtown is set to open next month. In the meantime, OKC Central contributor Will Hider is providing us with some great glimpses of what will be the biggest boost yet to Midtown housing:

  • Indoor concert venue coming to east Bricktown

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Matt Maley, an oil and gas and real estate investor from Littleton, Colo., confirmed Friday he has struck a deal with Ronnye Farmer and Philip Randolph to build the two-story venue at the southwest corner of Sheridan and Charlie Christian Avenues.

  • When the Design Review Process Works

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Two images are on the Internet right now for the proposed Criterion concert venue in east Bricktown. The first image is one I received Thursday afternoon with the developers’ application to the Bricktown Design Review Committee that would have had the entrance mid-block. I held the story, however, after seeing some confusion in the application […]

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Hotel possible with Clayco development downtown

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    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 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, Oct. 10, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    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 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.




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Steve's OKC Central Today at 10:45 AM RT @ParkHouseOKC: This is the last full weekend for Pumpkinville @myriadgardens!! The weather is gorgeous!! Make a day of it & stop by for …
Steve's OKC Central Today at 10:45 AM RT @IcehouseOKC: November 1st (next Saturday) is our last day of business for the season! End the season right, make plans for Burgers & Be…
Steve's OKC Central Today at 10:44 AM RT @NativeRootsOK: Suzanne's Secret Chili - Made with local beef, buffalo, and pork, carrots, celery, onions, tomatoes, wheat berries, and …
Steve's OKC Central Today at 10:44 AM RT @myriadgardens: Gardens is a finalist in @APA_Planning Great Place in America-People's Choice designee. LINK Against S…
Steve's OKC Central Today at 10:43 AM RT @thebeatnixcafe: We will be closed today due to food truck event for The Boys Scouts today! Sorry for any inconvenience.
Steve's OKC Central Today at 10:42 AM RT @Uptown23rd: Brunch, music, yoga, comics, chess, burgers, dance, tattoos, beer...happening tomorrow @Uptown23rd! #SundayFunday LINK
Steve's OKC Central Today at 10:39 AM RT @OtisWhite: Radio may be the next local media to be disrupted by the Internet, led by a change in car interiors. LINK
Steve's OKC Central Today at 9:53 AM I'm at Ryan Vivar Fitness - Personal Training Studio in Downtown Oklahoma City - @ryanvivarfitokc LINK
Steve's OKC Central Today at 9:05 AM RT @Uptown23rd: Don't forget the Inaugural Walking Tour @mestapark this morning 9:45 at the park. Tickets are $10/$15. https://t.co/tg2raTa…
Steve's OKC Central Today at 8:27 AM I'm at @WeightWatchers in Edmond, OK LINK
Steve's OKC Central Fri, Oct. 24 2014 10:10:53 PM CST I think Ron Swanson would like @northroadcreate ...
Steve's OKC Central Fri, Oct. 24 2014 10:10:32 PM CST @northroadcreate Just browsed your website... you guys are creating some pretty cool crafts... especially admired woodworking...
Steve's OKC Central Fri, Oct. 24 2014 10:08:31 PM CST @Amanda_Clinton Have you contacted police?
Steve's OKC Central Fri, Oct. 24 2014 10:01:51 PM CST @Amanda_Clinton bitcoins - the currency of the crooks....
Steve's OKC Central Fri, Oct. 24 2014 10:01:31 PM CST RT @Amanda_Clinton: Feel like I'm in the opening scene of a 2014 horror movie. Hackers encrypted my PC for a ransom of bitcoins & my satell…
Steve's OKC Central Fri, Oct. 24 2014 07:40:35 PM CST @JenChancellor I kid! I kid!
Steve's OKC Central Fri, Oct. 24 2014 07:39:57 PM CST RT @plazadistrict: Back in business for a good ol' fashion gorgeous evening on the plaza @UrbanWineWorks LINK

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