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  • MAPS 3 committee discussion on convention center site

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer live tweeted from the MAPS 3 committee discussion on the loss of the convention center site Tuesday afternoon. Read updates below.

  • Celebrating Healthy Living (and having fun) at Open Streets

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Aerial Photo by Stephen Tyler, stphntylr.com The second annual Open Streets festival on Uptown NW 23 drew thousands on what was a perfect afternoon weather wise. Some of you have followed my brief updates on my journey to better health. Two years ago I couldn’t have even contemplated walking...

  • Apology issued for unpermitted demolition in Deep Deuce section of Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Tim Johnson, an engineer working on downtown development projects, apologized Thursday for demolition of the entry to a Deep Deuce building without city permits and then later said he still doesn’t know the identity of the property owner on whose behalf the apology was issued.

  • Plans unveiled for first hotel to be built in Oklahoma City's Core to Shore

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The first significant private development in Core to Shore is set to take place later this year as Tulsa hotelier Andy Patel prepares to raze a one story warehouse at SW 5 and E.K. Gaylord and build a five-story, 110-room Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites.

  • What's the plan for development along the Core to Shore Park?

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    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, March 20, 2015

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    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.

  • Development to continue at downtown gateway

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Developer Chuck Ainsworth is moving forward with plans to build a six-story garage and office building at the Sixth Street exit from Interstate 235 as renovations continue at the adjoining flat iron building.

  • Demolition begins at former Liberty Bank drive-thru

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    The old Liberty Bank drive-thru at 303 N Broadway is crumbling down this week as the property’s current owner, Chase Bank, moves forward with building a new downtown branch.

  • Plans for OGE Energy Plaza to be revealed Thursday

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Chicago-based Clayco is set to present full plans for a proposed OGE Energy Corp. headquarters at Thursday’s Downtown Design Review Committee meeting, but the fate of the company’s request for tax increment financing has yet to be resolved.

  • Committee blocks first proposed video billboard for Bricktown

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The first big battle over a digital video billboard proposed for Bricktown ended in a loss for Fred Mazaheri, who sought to place the sign on the west side of his garage.



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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.
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