Steve Lackmeyer: Big developments in the works for Film Row

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.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: August 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm •  Published: August 8, 2014

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here.

Any developments in the works for Film Row?

Yes. Big developments are being looked at for Film Row. Stay tuned.

Good morning Steve and happy Friday to you! Do you think the influx of housing near the Civic Center will hinder or help development in other parts of DT/BT/DD?

I think the influx of housing around the Civic Center will only help development of downtown - especially when it comes to the lack of restaurants in the area. When Tratoria Il Centro closed, it left a big hole in the area. Civic Center patrons basically were limited to the Art Museum Cafe as the only restaurant within reasonable walking distance from the ballet, philharmonic and plays at the music hall. The influx of housing should help support the opening of more restaurants in the area. And this in turn will just generate more activity throughout downtown.

What is the projected finishing date for all of Project 180?

I think we're still looking at it being another couple of years. A lot of work remains to be done - Park Avenue, E.K. Gaylord, Main Street will take time.

It looks like the new Salvation Army on 10th and May is pretty close to completion. When can we start to see Central Park construction? Are there any more holdups?

The last timetable I saw was for work to begin later this year.

Any information on hotels not yet announced for Bricktown? Are we nearing a saturation point in the district?

We will see at least two more hotel deals announced soon. I'm not sure it's a question of whether Bricktown will be saturated with hotels as much as it's a question of what happens if Bricktown overtakes I-40/Meridian as the city's primary hotel corridor.

Has momentum in Sosa slowed to your knowledge?

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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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