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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: February 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm •  Published: February 1, 2013

It seems like the Tower theatre completion is the last large piece of the puzzle to really bring Uptown back to greatness. What are some of the smaller projects going happening on 23rd that could transform it?

Development is taking place on all sides of the Tower Theater. Don't be surprised if a deal emerges soon for the former KFC building. Development of The Rise, which will completely transform the old hotel/motel furniture liquidators building, also is set to begin soon.

When will we see renderings for the new convention center?

Another good question. I suspect the city will want to complete acquisition of the site before such advanced designs are commenced. They'll also want to get a lot more detailed information about possible site plans.

How long until we know who is moving to replace Pachinko Parlor?

I'm aware of restaurant operators vying for the space. So I don't think it will be empty for long.

When do you think we will see the Boulevard start construction and be complete?

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports construction will start in 2014 and be completed in 2016.

Any chance that the OKC Zoo would expand outside of their current location and build an aquarium in the downtown area? Something similar to the Dallas Aquarium?

Aquariums are pretty expensive propositions. I think it's more likely that a rail line will be established someday between the zoo and downtown.

Read the complete chat transcript here.

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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