Way, way back in 2011, back when Mayor Mick Cornett presided over what was then a fairly peaceful, compliant city council, he succeeded in convincing council members that they didn’t need to survey the public, they didn’t need to hire a consultant or solicit ideas for naming the new downtown...
BY STEVE LACKMEYER email@example.com | Updated: Tue, Dec 17, 2013
Texas consultant Jeremy Stone said Tuesday his research shows the city can support a 735-room, $200 million conference hotel as part of development of a $250 million convention center south of the Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City.
BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Published: Tue, Dec 17, 2013
An application being filed this week with the Oklahoma City Planning Department asking to raze downtown's Stage Center reveals the property is set to be developed as a 14- to 16-story tower that will become the new headquarters for OGE Energy Corp.
In an interview with The Oklahoman, Rainey...
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 Devon), 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" and "Operation Scissortail" (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, WKY and KOKC, local Rotary and Lion’s clubs, and the 2010 National Main Streets Conference.