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Steve Lackmeyer fields readers' questions on NewsOK.com every Friday on matters related to downtown Oklahoma City's development.
Published: December 22, 2012
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Lackmeyer: Oh wow, Santa. Can you give $200 million to buy First National Center? Of course, I'd only need about $20 million of that to actually buy the buildings. The remainder of the money would go toward renovating the east tower facade so it can be a good Class B office building, while I'd convert the upper floors of the middle building into parking. The east tower is the Christmas star on this gift: I'd convert part of the tower into housing, part of it into a hotel. The Great Banking Hall would serve as a lobby for the hotel, with some of the space being converted into a bookstore and Internet cafe. And because you're giving this to me, I'd want to give back to my city by converting the old Beacon Club up top into the state's greatest community space for nonprofits, civic clubs and average folks to enjoy for gatherings, meetings and banquets.

Q: Any talks of when and where the first restaurant on the Oklahoma River will pop up? Are there any spaces you can think of that you would like to see a restaurant on the river?

Lackmeyer: Don't be surprised if one pops up with the White Water Rapids, which I think would be a great location.

Q: Steve, you said earlier that the skyline will grow. By how many buildings, if you had to guess?

Lackmeyer: Consider this: we already know there will be a 13-story Main Street garage with housing going up this next year, along with the new elementary (school). Of course, you all want to know about the towers. I see two towers going up ... I previously reported one is expected to hit 40 stories.