Steve Lackmeyer: Don't be surprised if the Boulevard doesn't open until 2015 or 2016

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: August 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm •  Published: August 16, 2013

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.

What is the status of the Boulevard?

It's being reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration. Don't be surprised if the boulevard isn't opened until 2015 or 2016.

When can we expect construction to start on the Metropolitan on the NE corner of 6th and Oklahoma?

From what I'm hearing, the Bomasada Group is still on track to have an application to Downtown Design Review heard in September, with construction likely to begin in early 2014. Everything I am seeing and hearing with The Metropolitan indicates it is a very real deal that will be done.

Do you think that subsequent towers will be built for a single tenant, such as Devon, or do you think it will be mostly spec office space?

Neither. We're looking at a large anchor with additional for-lease space.

Why aren't there more restaurants or any apartments along Lake Hefner's Shores? Is all the land owned by the city?

Yes, a lot of the land is owned by the city. The East Wharf development was done after Randy Hogan struck an agreement for that city-owned land as well.

Has the city ever thought or talked about damming the Oklahoma River at NE 4th or NE 10th Street to create a more boating friendly recreational area?

I've heard some informal discussions, but nothing I'd say would indicate it's set to become a reality.

Will we see some of those Main Street parking lots that are west of Walker developed any time soon?

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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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