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Steve Lackmeyer: Downtown OKC construction will continue at a robust rate

Reporter Steve Lackmeyer answered questions from readers Friday during a chat about downtown developments in Bricktown and throughout Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: August 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm •  Published: August 3, 2012
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Regarding the new apartments just west of Deep Deuce: why did the city not require that the outside be bricked? The white exterior does not fit the area. Related: What will be the exterior of the hotel right across the street?

The white exterior on the new Level went through Urban Design Committee. I think that section of Deep Deuce is taking on a look and vibe of its own. I suggest waiting for the Aloft Hotel to open before judging the area's new look. The Aloft will also be very modern in design, very different from the core of Deep Deuce.

I can't recall if the Aloft has any brick in the facade, but brick isn't the major component in the design if I remember correctly. Keep in mind, there was nothing left standing in Deep Deuce west of Walnut Avenue along NE 2 - it was all surface parking. I suspect some might argue with you that not every new development area in downtown must consist of red brick. I understand though that everyone will have their own preference.

Is there any chance we start to see some housing along Broadway in Automobile Alley? Maybe something like a 6-story apartment building on the NE corner of 5th and Broadway.

The deal approved Tuesday by the city council to do a hybrid TIF financing for a new garage at NW 10 and Broadway brings the Hotel Marion very close to being renovated into apartments. I suspect it may result in some more housing development along Broadway over the next couple years.

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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