Steve Lackmeyer: Dunkin' Donuts, several other food chains have shown interest in locating downtown

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: March 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm •  Published: March 15, 2013

In the grand scheme, things are still going very well for Oklahoma City and downtown. Population growth is phenomenal. Retail is taking off downtown. Housing and hotel development continues at a fast clip. And the news I suspect some of you find disappointing is limited to possibilities, not certain outcomes.

What do you credit for OKC's population boom?

The re-investment in the community via MAPS and bond issues, greater diversity, the emergence of Plaza District, MidTown and Deep Deuce, the rise of Devon, Chesapeake, SandRidge and Continental, the effort to rebuild our city ... take your pick, but I think it's safe to say these are leading factors in the population growth Oklahoma City is enjoying.

Where else may the next garage go up, in your opinion?

A 350-space garage will be built at NW 10 and Broadway. Another garage, equally as big, is being built now by Rick Dowell along Hudson Avenue. And don't be surprised if the city pursues construction of a parking garage in Bricktown.

Are you disappointed by the Midtown parking garage by the Midtown Renaissance Group?

The new MidTown garage being planned by the MidTown Renaissance Group will be presented Thursday to the Downtown Design Review Committee. This project marks the first truly new major construction project in the MidTown area where there it completely deviates from any other design nearby (the St. Anthony addition is clearly designed to reflect the existing hospital complex). This ought to be an interesting project to follow. To see the designs, visit my blog athttp://blog.newsok.com/okccentral/2013/03/14/first-glimpse-of-midtown-garage-at-nw-10-and-robinson/

Why has OKC not developed a walkable, local (thus negating Bricktown) bar district?

The bars in Tulsa are actually in the Blue Dome district, not Brady, but I get your drift. I think the struggle in Bricktown is that at some point real estate gets to valuable to support a bar or nightclub just open a couple of nights a week. That said, you may be underestimating what's already in Bricktown. The district is home to CityWalk, Captain Norm's, SkyBar, The Doll House, the Martini Lounge, Venu, Whiskey Chicks, Skinny Slim's, and a few more whose names escape my mind at the moment. Now, having said this... I think the undeveloped old buildings south of Film Row would make a GREAT bar district.

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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