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Steve Lackmeyer: Boulevard design could be selected in the next few weeks

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: June 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm •  Published: June 13, 2014
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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&As on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here.

When will we hear what the plan is for the Boulevard?

Today is the final day for the public to submit comments to ODOT about the four options. After that, I wouldn't be surprised if it's just a few weeks before an option is chosen.

How long is the Chevy BT Events Center construction supposed to take and when do you think we will see the first live music acts play there?

As I recall, construction wraps up by fall.

What is going to happen with the buildings south of the proposed 21c Museum hotel?

The metal buildings will come down, and the brick buildings will be redeveloped.

Do you think we will hear any news on the First National Center by the end of the summer? 

I'd be surprised. This is just such a huge, complicated deal for anyone who attempts it, and financing the asking price, which most locals say is inflated by at least $15 million, is a tough hill to climb.

What is the story on the old First Christian Science building on 1200 N. Robinson? Any development plans for the future that you know of? 

The story is it was bought by out-of-state investors who seem to be quite content just letting the building sit empty. The entire area around it is in play.

Is there any talk of adding more restaurants along the river walk in downtown? Seems the river is not being fully taken advantage of?

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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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