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OKC Central Chat transcript, April 5, 2013

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 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: April 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm •  Published: April 5, 2013

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 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

Steve Lackmeyer 10:00 a.m. Good morning....
Gary T 10:01 a.m. Good morning Steve! What will come of Union Station? I know they are trying to preserve the main spaces, do you think it will be used as a venue once the park is done? Will they keep space in case they decide to run commuter rail on the two lines preserved from the old Union rail lines?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:03 a.m. They've kept space for a rail line, but let's be honest here: the station is really in the middle of the park, even if a highway runs through it. I'm not sure they want to add the noise of trains to the mix. And it's the Santa Fe depot, not Union, that is targeted for becoming a hub for current and future rail transit. Union Station is gorgeous. Let's hope they figure out a use for the future.
Tyler 10:03 a.m. Hey Steve, I'm baaaaaaaaaack. How will the new GE Research Center affect OKC and the local economy? Any potential location rumors?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:05 a.m. Good question Tyler. But please behave today. The GE Research Center is a great addition the OKC metro with a nice bump in high paying jobs that while energy related do diversify our employment mix. I can't figure out whether it will locate in Oklahoma City or the definition of "OKC metro" as described by them as includes Norman. Mick Cornett and David Boren were both at the announcement, and I couldn't get a good read out of Cornett as to how hopeful he was that the project might locate in Oklahoma City itself.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:06 a.m. Folks, let's try to keep this discussion related to Oklahoma City, OK?
Gary T 10:06 a.m. You said last week that you were hearing reports the city is looking at proceeding with reconstruction of EK Gaylord between the new boulevard and Main street and that it will remain six lanes. Since the long term plan is to have the Santa Fe train station as the multimodal hub for all of downtown, do you think Project 180 will finally work with the MAPs 3 streetcar subcommittee to cut costs on the area in front of the station?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:09 a.m. I have an update on the E.K. Gaylord project from Public Works Director Eric Wenger. They are indeed looking at rebuilding it as a six-lane wide road. But the lanes will be narrowed from 13 feet to 11 feet, which he says will make the road less wide than it is now. He is looking at widening the sidewalk area between the depot's front steps and the curb.
I can't tell you at this time whether this project is being coordinated with the subcommittee as well as they want, but we'll see in the weeks ahead.
Gary T 10:10 a.m. Any word as to who is going to occupy the old Pachinko Parlor?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:10 a.m. Yep. I'll have an update soon.
Alex Phillips 10:10 a.m. thoughts on the Thunder game last night?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:10 a.m. It was a great game.
Gordon Bombay 10:10 a.m. Is there a hockey team coming for the city?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:11 a.m. We have an ice hockey team - the Barons - and they're doing quite nicely in the wins section right now.
villa alum 10:11 a.m. Hear any plans about what will happen with villa teresa school? It would be a great place for a charter school to come in a buy up the buildings.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:12 a.m. Nice idea! Villa, this is one of those deals where we'll have to wait awhile. I suspect, however, that it will likely be redeveloped as either housing, offices or both.
Gary T 10:13 a.m. Two related questions, but I will submit them seperately: I would prefer the CC hotel to be built on the old Ford dealership site near the Myriad Gardens (Scheme 2 from the proposals) so the Cox convention center site can be redeveloped and hopefully a residential highrise built on that site along with several other things. What is your preference of the CC proposals?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:14 a.m. My preference? I have great sympathy for the folks who have to figure out this complicated puzzle. The planning, site design, financing and feasibility of all this is way over my pay grade.
Gary T 10:14 a.m. I remember when the convention center was proposed that it would only be a phase 1 and another $200 million or so would be needed to get the space needed to larger, better conventions. Would they extend the underground portion of the convention space or build out the green area to the west of each?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:15 a.m. Yes, you're right. Building out to the west was one of the options, Expansion space hinges on where the hotel is built. Build the hotel on a separate block, like the Cox site, and you end up with more flexibility for future expansion.
Gary T 10:16 a.m. With the Stage Center site being developed in the near future, the new DT school just west of that, the new convention center on the Ford site and the new police headquarters being built just north of all this, it seems like a lot of the development downtown is moving west. Do you expect that momentum to continue?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:19 a.m. Yes. Be sure to attend the May 4 Better Block OKC at Farmer's Public Market, 311 S. Klein Avenue. Maybe then you might see the potential I've seen for the past few years. The Farmer's Market is a great, viable and still active anchor, surrounded by a great streetscape of older low-rise buildings that could make for a great new historic district. With the old I-40 gone, and with the boulevard now set to be built at grade, the chances of the west downtown development sparking a revival of Farmers Market are better than ever. Better Block might be the start of big things to come. Read more here:
Gary T 10:19 a.m. I had never heard of the Character Inn conference center on Main street and Dewey until I was driving around and noticed it. Is there any chance they will update this property?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:20 a.m. I'm not hearing or seeing anything so far. Character First obtained the old Holiday Inn back when the west part of downtown was pretty much dead. That's changed, and I'm aware of at least a couple of developers who think the building would make for a great future apartment project.
Steve K. 10:22 a.m. Great news this week on the GE research facility. Any other primary employers kicking around that you know about?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:23 a.m. I'm told there are several promising prospects being pursued. We're way past the days of the early 1990s when our best prospects consisted of call centers.
BethanySooner 10:23 a.m. In yesterday's article Councilman White was quoted as saying the Convention Center will cost $600 million. The total that I remember being thrown out was $400 million, which included the future expansion. Is this new figure accurate, and if so how did it jump up so drastically? Also, what is the plan to overcome such a large budget shortfall?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:24 a.m. I have no idea as to where Pete got that number. The convention center budget is $250 million, and that's what they are designing. The city is looking at a potential $50 million or more to land a large conference hotel to be a part of the project. But I'm still not sure how that gets you to $600 million.
Matt 10:24 a.m. Not a bait for the mystery tower (sick of hearing the phrase), but when do you think the next big announcement for downtown might be? I'm thinking projects relative in size to the Edge, Level, or even Gary Brook's East BT development...
Steve Lackmeyer 10:25 a.m. More big housing projects, some retail and other cool announcements are not that far off. MidTown, Deep Deuce and Bricktown should all see some nice new development.
Gary T 10:25 a.m. What is your best guess for what will happen to the Cotton Mill and Lumberyard sites? Do you think someone with deep pockets will come in, buy it all up and sell in off in pieces? Or maybe a much grander scheme like a live/work/play area?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:27 a.m. I am not sure anything will happen. Broker Gary Gregory convinced the cotton farmers their Cotton Mill is worth $121 million. A deal never ensued, they later terminated the contract with Gregory, but from what I can tell, there remains a big gap between what they think they can ask for their property and what the market is willing to pay.
Steve K. 10:27 a.m. What do you know about the proposed sign in Bricktown that is seeking a height variance?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:28 a.m. What sign are you referring to?
Gary T 10:28 a.m. I remember seeing several years ago plans to renovate the space under Zio's facing the canal. Are there still plans for that or have they been put on the back burner?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:28 a.m. The Harding & Shelton development was cut back significantly, but the buildings were nicely renovated and they have since moved in.
5Alive 10:28 a.m. Thanks Steve for your hard work. This is my Friday morning appointment viewing.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:29 a.m. Thanks!
Arturo 10:29 a.m. Happy Friday Steve - what's your take on the GE R&D announcement from the standpoint of financial benefit to the residents of OK? More specifically, GE has a habit of pressuring states into letting them skate on taxes. With the fat incentives package they received before they *publically* choose a site, do you see OK following the same road as other states?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:31 a.m. Well, we know the state used it closing fund to seal the deal. And if GE does locate in Oklahoma City, they can tap into the GOLT bond funds approved by voters for jobs incentives. Even with such incentives, economic development officials note the jobs are high-paying openings, that the employment leads to ancillary development, home buying, etc.
Nick 10:31 a.m. Morning, Steve. How big of a deal is this GE Global Research Center going to be for central Oklahoma?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:32 a.m. It's going to certainly further diversify our economy. And it's a big employer.
Evan Booher 10:32 a.m. Good morning, Steve. I have recently seen plans for a new bar near Walker & 24th which will renovate an old gas station- possibly named the Pump Bar. Have you heard of a time frame for when this might happen?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:32 a.m. I'll have a big write up about Pump Bar and NW 23 in the Sunday Oklahoman.
Gary T 10:32 a.m. I went to Skinny Slim's last week and absolutely loved it. Really great beer selection in that small of a place. While talking to the manager (female, starts with a D, Deborah maybe) she said they were going to add a kitchen on the north side of the property. Do you any details on that? Timeline, size, what kind of food, etc.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:32 a.m. Nope.
Nick 10:33 a.m. Did the "Pump Bar" that's planned for space behind "the Rise" pass HP review?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:33 a.m. No, it was deferred to the next meeting - it appears there was a paper filing glitch....
BethanySooner 10:33 a.m. Have you heard anything about what Ron Bradshaw is proposing regarding the Maywood flats and phase two of the apartments on 4th Street?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:34 a.m. The last I heard, he was still looking at building another phase to the east, but I need to talk to him soon for an update.
Nick 10:34 a.m. Hey Steve, I'm wondering if you have any whispers about where GE is looking to locate?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:34 a.m. Nope.
Jerry 10:34 a.m. What's your favorite bakery in OKC?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:34 a.m. Brown's Bakery.
New Guy 10:34 a.m. I'm new to town, are there any local radio programs that are "must listen"?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:36 a.m. Anything on The Spy, which now does broadcasts with KOSU and is also online, and the morning show with Greg "Eggman" Moore on 99.7 FM. I'm also a big fan of Kurt Gwartney's news broadcasts on KGOU.
Nick 10:36 a.m. I'm also interested in finding out if there is any specifics available on why Gov Fallin was meeting with Michael Dell down in Texas.
BethanySooner 10:36 a.m. Your blog about the placemaking conference was very interesting. In your opinion, what were some of the ideas presented that would make the biggest impact on OKC if implemented? Also, did you ever get the 10 guidelines that Jeff Speck gave for the new Boulevard?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:37 a.m. The 10 guidelines! Ah... so much going on... let me check on that!
As for the placemaking - I really hope local developers take a close look at the ideas presented on reviving older strip shopping centers.
Guest 10:37 a.m. Steve, are there any current plans in or around the Film District for housing?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:37 a.m. Not yet. But it's feasible to see something in the future.
Kerry 10:38 a.m. Lately there have been lots of stories coming out of the Texas media regarding HSR between Dallas and OKC. TxDOT seems to be the driving force behind the connection including being the apparent sponsor of transit meeting here in OKC last week. How come ODOT doesn't seem to be more engaged in this process and why aren't we seeing similar stories out of the OKC media?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:39 a.m. A story is overdue for sure. It's one of those stories that doesn't fit neatly into what different folks cover. Let me find out if I need to do it or if someone has it on their list. That's the truth. Not as impressive as you'd hoped for, is it?
Jennifer 10:39 a.m. I have heard something is finally going to happen with Duncan's Bindery on 10th, is this true? It is begging for a roof-top bar with that location
Steve Lackmeyer 10:39 a.m. It's going to be a private residence.
John T 10:40 a.m. Good Morning Steve:
Steve Lackmeyer 10:40 a.m. Good morning!
John T 10:40 a.m. Any news on the activities east of the I-35 bridge over the OK river? Significant effort on the north side of the river.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:40 a.m. I keep getting asked about this. I keep forgetting to ask about it! Now I'm sending off an email right now to two of my sources to see what we can find out!
John T 10:41 a.m. Thanks, we appreciate ya!
shawnw 10:41 a.m. I like the idea of underground convention space to create large exhibit halls that don’t break the integrity of the “Harvey Spine”, but I worry about the structural integrity of the underground space and the future maintenance issues. For example, part of the reason the Stage Center is in the state it is in is because of its basement, right? Could we be talking about a similar debacle in 20 or 30 years because we pressed forward with this convention site that required building extensively under ground?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:43 a.m. Building techniques are different now than they were in the late 1960s. And some might comment that the Stage Center issues were more reflective of the architect, John Johansen, and his focus on form over function (and structural integrity as well?).
Ray 10:43 a.m. After attending the Placemaking Conference.... I see areas where the city is destroying buildings that could create a sense of unique place for Oklahoma City. The new Central Park that will destroy the Art Deco Original Film Exchange buildings is the most pressing. Those two historic buildings could be the catalyst for development the area with an art deco theme for small neighborhood that could be created east of the park. Is there a way to save these buildings from this Core to Destroy project?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:44 a.m. Get involved. Speak out. And speak out soon. They're targeted as we speak.
Tyler 10:44 a.m. Steve, can I get a shoutout for my friends Drew, Brendan, and Alex? We all enjoy this chat and would love a mention from you!
Steve Lackmeyer 10:44 a.m. Done.
Guest 10:44 a.m. What are the chances of OKC decking over I-40 to make the park continuous like they just did in Dallas for their downtown park? Does the Skydance Bridge kill the chances of this happening?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:44 a.m. I just don't see that happening.
New Guy 10:44 a.m. What kind of fish are in the river along the riverwalk?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:45 a.m. I don't know. But I know folks fish out there.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:46 a.m. As an aside, did you know that fish are often spotted in the Bricktown Canal? Think about that - it's a totally enclosed concrete waterway that has no connection at all to any natural bodies of water. And the canal is drained and cleaned every few years. So how do the fish end up in the canal. Any guesses?
Kevin K 10:46 a.m. When will Oklahoma get a trader joes?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:47 a.m. When Trader Joe's finds a spot and gets a deal done. They were in talks with Chesapeake Energy for the old Crescent Market space at Nichols Hills Plaza, but that deal fell through. I am told they wish to be located within five miles of the Classen Curve Whole Foods store.
Tyler 10:47 a.m. I'm sorry and I promise to behave today. Any news on new restaurants coming into OKC?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:48 a.m. Packard's just opened up at NW 10 and Robinson, and I'm hearing very good reviews!
Jim 10:48 a.m. What can you tell me about the new Oklahoma City PDL soccer team?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:48 a.m. This is off my radar... has sports covered it?
guy 10:48 a.m. Steve--what can be done about the professional panhandlers that seem to be multiplying by the week? i'd like to help people that really need it, but i don't really know a good rule of thumb for telling the difference between the genuinely needy and those who've clearly chosen a parasitic profession.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:51 a.m. Most of the panhandlers are professionals - I know this sounds heartless, but I've witnessed far too many scams involving these folks. Give to charities, give to the homeless shelters, but don't give to the panhandlers if you see them as a problem. The city is not as aggressive as others when it comes to writing up ordinances to deal with this problem. I realize there are court rulings concerning First Amendment rights, but I've read about other cities taking a far more aggressive stance in trying to keep panhandling under control without ending up with adverse court rulings.
Westbrook shoots too much 10:51 a.m. What's the best BBQ in the city?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:51 a.m. I like Earl's Rib Palace.
Dennis 10:52 a.m. Any name dropping on a new tower for OKC?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:52 a.m. No.
Guest 10:52 a.m. How many restaurants, bars or entertainment venues are there in the Film District? I could only find 2, any rumors on move additional to the area? It seems like the area has a ton of potential.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:53 a.m. You have Joey's and the Paramount currently. I'm aware of one set to open in the Hart Building. And one or two more are still possible.
guy 10:53 a.m. Steve--seems to me that Union Station could be a good space for an urban market someone akin to Quincy in Boston. Or perhaps the location just wouldn't work?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:54 a.m. No, you've got a good idea there. The trick for the city, first, will be figuring out how to work around, or satisfy requirements of the feds that the use of the building be transit related, since the renovation several years back involved federal transit funds.
Steve K. 10:55 a.m. There is a sign proposed in Bricktown seeking a height variance. We have property down there and our external signage is important. Do you know anything about this proposed sign and should we have any concerns?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:55 a.m. What sign are you talking about?
Kevin Durant 10:55 a.m. I noticed William H. Macy at the game last night... What movie are they filming again? Where are they filming?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:57 a.m. I think William H. Macy is an incredible talent, and I've been spotting him downtown for the past several months. Read about the movie he's filming here:
Sexyman52 10:57 a.m. In a follow-up to a couple weeks ago, any word on any additional Waffle houses coming to the city?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:59 a.m. Please don't take this the wrong way - I'm sure Waffle House has a great loyal customer base - but it's not on the top of my list of economic development projects to track! That said, if I hear anything I'll let you know! So what's your favorite menu item at Waffle House?
villa alum 10:59 a.m. any update on the grocery store that was supposed to replace crescent market last spring? is there still plans for one or is it on permanent hiatus?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:59 a.m. It's looking pretty dead right now.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:59 a.m. All of the people involved with that project are now gone ...
Bob 10:59 a.m. The old proposal for the OCU Law School to move into the Fred Jones plant was interesting. Do you see someone else contemplating developing that property into something else?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:00 a.m. Yes, eventually. But it won't be cheap. And the Fred Jones family is going to be picky about what happens with their legacy property.
Nick 11:00 a.m. Are you troubled at all by the results of the city council election results? Will focus now shift back to suburbs or will downtown still get to blossom under new "leadership"?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:01 a.m. I'm not troubled. Both new councilmen seem like bright guys, they're younger, and bring a new perspective.
Philip 11:01 a.m. Any updates on the project that was funded through bonds to rebuild the sidewalks on Western from 36th to 63rd? Last fall Councilman Shadid said they were supposed to start early this year....
Steve Lackmeyer 11:01 a.m. It's been delayed a bit as a consulting team looks at whether the city can get more pedestrian oriented improvements added into the mix.
Nick 11:02 a.m. At the Midtown renewal talk the other day, a big project for 10th and Hudson was alluded to. Can you tell us more?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:03 a.m. MidTown Renaissance Group has bought up much of the block. They've made no announcements and are being quiet about their intentions. But most observers strongly believe a major housing project will be built on the block.
Ray 11:03 a.m. You mentioned the west part of Downtown... Are there any large developments (not mystery tower or city related)in the works that we don't know about... Residential???
Steve Lackmeyer 11:03 a.m. Not yet.
Steve K. 11:03 a.m. I believe the sign is on the west end or roof of the set of buildings that houses Zio's
Steve Lackmeyer 11:04 a.m. I think we're just talking about modifications to the existing water tower sign if that's the sign you're referring to.
Drew Roebling 11:04 a.m. Thank you for the hard work Steve. What do you think of OKC's chance at defeating the Spurs in the WCF?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:04 a.m. We've got a shot.
Guest 11:04 a.m. Last summer I heard Reasor's was going to try to enter the OKC market. Is that still something that might happen? OKC could really use another grocery store chain to give Wal-Mart some competition.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:05 a.m. Reasor's was looking at a site in Edmond off of Bryant. I am not aware of the status of that zoning controversy, however. This is a question for Edmond reporter Dianna Baldwin. I'll forward it to her.
Nick in Cleveland 11:06 a.m. Hey Steve - William Crum's entire article is based around Pete White's claim that downtown is the reason some council veterans were voted out. Neither of these "council veterans" were all that pro-downtown. Gary Marrs was routinely a road block for urbanists. Skip Kelly's "ward" always began east of 235, with no thought given to Deep Deuce. How could this claim be possible made, and why did the Oklahoman throw "the downtown momentum" under the bus just bc their editorial board's guy got voted out? Do we know how the new guys will be regarding downtown?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:07 a.m. William Crum reported what a couple of council members had to say. I can tell you my coverage is totally separate and unrelated to the newspaper's editorial page. I believe the same is true for all of my fellow reporters.
I am told that Greiner did question spending on downtown projects during his campaign. I am not aware of a similar position for Pettis.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:08 a.m. Nick, concerning your MidTown question - I'm working on that... I don't want my competition to see the topic. So trust me on this one!
Ray 11:08 a.m. Are there any plans in the Farmer's Market or the Stockyards for housing? I think those two areas would be really cool and attract two totally different demographics with money to spend.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:09 a.m. Not yet. I don't foresee housing in the Stockyards - think of the smell!
Jeffrey 11:09 a.m. Good Morning Steve! I was in Atlanta for a conference a while back and saw several stalls for "Zipcars" which from what I gather is a car-sharing program. Do you foresee this as a possibility in OKC in the future, or will most of our metro folks always own an auto?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:10 a.m. With the changing interests of today's younger generation, yes, it's possible. These folks are far less enamored with owning and paying for automobiles.
Nick in Cleveland 11:11 a.m. Is there any way that the original Film Exchange building could be opened up and turned into a unique park pavilion? It seems as though Hargreaves put together a boilerplate park plan with no regard for local history or buildings
Steve Lackmeyer 11:11 a.m. Hargreaves wants the building destroyed, and public works has no interest in saving it.
Drew Roebling 11:11 a.m. Tell us, Steve. Do people dump their pet fish in the canal?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:11 a.m. No.
Guest 11:11 a.m. Packard's New American in MidTown looks promising and has a nice oustide Lounge area.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:12 a.m. I agree!
New Guy 11:12 a.m. That is really weird about the fish. Guess some guy could be stocking the canal.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:12 a.m. No. Try again.
Nick 11:12 a.m. Steve, can you share a little more about possible announcements coming for Bricktown? Bricktown rarely gets its due from locals, but this is the area that kind of started it all.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:13 a.m. Yes, Bricktown did get much of it started. Hotels are going to become a major part of the mix. Bricktown is at a crossroads as result - they need to figure how to adapt to these changes.
guy 11:13 a.m. steve--i had heard that the fish end up in the river by way of predatory birds who catch them from the river then drop them at some point.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:13 a.m. Guy, you are correct!
Jim 11:13 a.m. newsok sports has not covered the new soccer team. There's a new team in Tulsa too.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:13 a.m. I'll send an email to Sports!
Steve Lackmeyer 11:14 a.m. By the way - I am told that the dirt work going on east of I-35 on the north shore of the Oklahoma River is mostly likely related to a city drainage project.
Dan 11:14 a.m. I blame the ducks for bringing fish into the canal.
Ray 11:16 a.m. When is the new downtown school starting construction and when will it be done?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:16 a.m. I'm told it will be started this month and will be completed in a year.
Guest 11:16 a.m. Steve, is the Arcade Building area on Main St. still considered the Film District?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:16 a.m. I think so.
Kevin 11:16 a.m. Any news on the tower???
Steve Lackmeyer 11:16 a.m. no.
Will 11:17 a.m. Health Nut Cafe is what is opening in the Hart Building on Film Row.
Guest 11:17 a.m. Steve several weeks back you mentioned a group that did a survey in the Plaza District to gage the interest of what people wanted to see go in, in regards to a bar. What group ran this survey?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:17 a.m. Plaza District Association
Guest 11:17 a.m. Are you still not worried about the Mystery Tower or is there a little worry starting to creep in?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:17 a.m. I'm not worried.
Guest 11:17 a.m. Steve, what Midtown stuff are you hiding from us, your loyal readers?!
Steve Lackmeyer 11:18 a.m. Hopefully you'll read it next week.
Guest 11:18 a.m. How is OCU's law school move progressing? I haven't seen much activity...
Steve Lackmeyer 11:18 a.m. An update is coming soon.
Guest 11:18 a.m. Steve, what do you think of the CHK exec that the Oklahoman reported is going to start working with Aubrey again?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:18 a.m. Sounds like Aubrey McClendon isn't going to take a post-retirement vacation.
shawnw 11:19 a.m. Just FYI, TimeCar is our local ZipCar "equivalent" but they aren't nearly as built out or growing the same way in my observation.
Nick 11:19 a.m. How's the work at Emerson moving along?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:19 a.m. Construction has started.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:19 a.m. Folks, thanks for the chat. Have a great weekend!
by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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...
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