The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in Friday's OKC Central Live Chat on NewsOK.com. 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.
Q: Are there any updates with the Boulevard?
Lackmeyer: Behind the scenes there are discussions under way to make Route A more pedestrian friendly. Friends for a Better Boulevard, meanwhile, is gearing up for a fight, noting the consultant, Stantech, was not given the free hand to look at all options as was promised (engineers instructed that any scenario has to keep Reno open and result in construction of a full boulevard).
Q: With the recent influx of large amounts of housing in Deep Deuce, how long until we see a grocery store larger than Native Roots?
Lackmeyer: Hopefully a long time. Let Native Roots get rooted in, attached to the neighborhood, and fixed up on providing what's best for the neighborhood. Why bring in a larger grocery store to kill the investment this family has made downtown that was not being made by the large chains?
Q: Walker Avenue between 10th and 13th is exploding with the Edge Apartments, 1212, Osler conversion, and now the St. Anthony's Hospital expansion. Are you aware of any additional developments around 10th street on some of those vacant lots?
Lackmeyer: There will be more housing built in MidTown. Expect hundreds more apartments, some for-sale housing. And yeah, it's all in the planning stages.
Q: (From “Santa Claus”) Steve, if you could have anything built downtown for Christmas, what would it be, and why?