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Steve Lackmeyer: Building owners interested in renovating upper floors of Bricktown's old warehouses

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 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm •  Published: February 22, 2013

The John W. Rex Charter Elementary School is a partnership between Oklahoma City Public Schools & OKC Quality Schools, Inc., a nonprofit group headed by former mayor & ULI Oklahoma member Kirk Humphreys.

Oklahoma City Public Schools will apply for the school's charter to the University of Oklahoma, and the charter will be turned over to the John W. Rex board upon approval. Plans call for approximately 500 students, pre-k thru sixth grade & adding a new grade each year.

When will we see renderings for the smaller hotels near main street in Bricktown?

At this point I'm not aware of design work having started yet for the two hotels planned for Byers and Sheridan, or the hotel planned as part of the Gary Brooks/Andy Burnett development, or the hotel planned for 1st Street and Russell Perry Avenue. Designs are already out for the Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn Express.

With the canal expansion, do you expect to see commercial development along the new part of the canal? Do you expect the expansion to help fill in vacant retail/dining space on the existing portion of the canal?

The expanded river inlet (I and others have been guilty in the past of calling it the canal) is part of Regatta Park, so I'm not sure it's possible that section can be commercially developed. But the new connection between the Oklahoma River and the Bricktown Canal certainly could promote development on the remaining empty Lower Bricktown parcels in the area immediately north of the new Interstate 40.

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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