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Steve Lackmeyer: Expect to hear more housing, retail announced for Midtown

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 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here.

by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: August 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm •  Published: August 22, 2014

Blair Humphreys is in discussions with potential developers and plenty of work is going on behind the scenes. I suspect we will hear more later this year.

With the redevelopment of the DT Airpark eminent, do the concert promoters have any interest in establishing another outdoor venue elsewhere in the future?

Howard Pollack is a veteran concert promoter and he is determined to maintain an outdoor venue in Oklahoma City. I am not sure amphitheater is facing immediate displacement from the airpark. But I do suspect the venue will need to move within the next couple of years. As an aside, is it just me or does it seem as if buzz for the Zoo Amphitheater has died since the Zoo Trust terminated its operation agreement with Pollock while a lot of acts, a lot of activity has taken place at Pollack's new venue at the Downtown Airpark?

When do you think Dowell will have an announcement on his residential Tower? And what is he doing with the Dowell Tower?

One caveat: when Dowell first started talking about this project, he was looking at a 10- to 15-story tower. When I checked with him a few weeks ago, I didn't ask if the height had changed. I'm hearing it will now be only a few stories high. As for Dowell Center, he is awaiting completion of the Parkside building and Kerr Park by SandRidge Energy before finishing the building.

What does the Arts Council plan on doing with their land? 

The property does not belong to the Arts Council of Oklahoma City - it belongs to the city. And it is being offered for redevelopment by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority.

If we can't even figure out whose responsibility it is to maintain the tunnels, what are the chances that we'll ever be able to extend and improve them?

They were improved by the business improvement district. I don't see a scenario in which they ever get extended.

What is next for the plaza district? Where does it expand to?

Classen-10-Penn is a distressed neighborhood with a lot of great old homes. Younger people are buying into the area, homes are getting renovated and repaired. So it's possible we may see a great connection between the two.

What would you most like to see added to Bricktown?

A visitor/history center on the barren plaza of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark could do wonders for the city and its tourism market.

Which tower prospect has you the most excited?

The one at Main and Hudson.

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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