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.
Anything new and exciting to tell us about the East Bricktown development?
I had an update earlier this week on east Bricktown. I don't think people appreciate the magnitude of this project, how many people it bring into the district full-time, and how it will absolutely be a game-changer. It will, if built as envisioned currently, "complete" Bricktown and create a seamless transition between Lower Bricktown, Bricktown, Deep Deuce, Automobile Alley and the Central Business District.
The Boulevard rendering shows no parking, sidewalks or bike lanes of any kind. Is that something that will be added later when the areas adjacent start to be developed for retail/office/housing purposes?
You noticed that as well, did you? That was a big question on my mind - one asked in today's story by Michael Kimball. And truth be told, there's no immediate answer to this question. The renderings show the boulevard west of Walker as a limited access road, with more in common with Northwest Expressway than with your average downtown street. I look forward to seeing what questions are asked at Monday night's town hall meeting.
You mentioned in your article about the East Bricktown development that there are two phases - one with 250 units and the other with another 100 units. Everything that I have read about this up to now seemed to infer that there would be 250 total units. Are we actually looking at 350 apartments plus retail and a hotel?
Yes. The project always called for a future phase of 100 apartments, with 250 being built during the first phase. After talking to the developers this week, I suspect it's far more likely we may see 350 units built all at once.
Other than the new Kevin Durant restaurant, are there any other entertainment or restaurant options being built/planned for Bricktown in the near future?
Nothing of consequence. The big swing now is toward housing and hotels.