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Plaza District momentum not waning in Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer's weekly OKC Central Live Chat delves into all things downtown.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: April 27, 2013

A: I think you're referring to a temporary Spokies station placed for the Festival of the Arts. The system is doing very well, and yes, I wouldn't be surprised if it's expanded in the future.

Q: When will we see the final renderings for the Central Park?

A: Probably sometime this next year or so if they really want to start construction in 2014.

Q: With all the space at the Plaza filling in, what do you see happening in terms of future growth for the area?

A: The revival of the 16th Street Plaza District creates some intriguing possibilities for addressing decades of blight in the adjoining Classen-Ten-Penn neighborhood to the south. Also look for the improvements to create some momentum to the east toward Classen Boulevard.

Q: Do you see additional skyscrapers developing along the westside of downtown in the coming years?

A: It's possible. Not soon, unless you're talking about the western fringe of the central business district.

Q: Is parking not included in the Convention Center proposal?

A: No, parking is not included. There might be parking built under the hotel. And the city is prepared to build a garage with separate funding sources.

by 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...
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