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.
When will we see renderings of the proposed Convention center? Will they include a hotel?
There is no hotel in reality yet, so any rendering of a hotel would be for site modeling only, which has already taken place. As for final renderings for the convention center, if my understanding is correct, that's probably at least a year away.
When will we see Stage Center start to be dismantled? Are there any plans to reuse some of the parts of it?
We should be hearing an update on these questions fairly soon.
Looks like the Century Center is gutted and ready to take shape. Are there still chances of parking being added on top of the existing parking structure?
I'm pretty sure a parking expansion is now pretty dead. I'm not hearing about any major renovation of the Sheraton being in the works for the building's exterior.
What is the reimagined date of completion for The Rise?
I think they're on track for late summer.
Do you think we will see any structured parking in Midtown soon so the empty lots can be developed completely without having to account for parking?
Yes, I do, and I suspect it would be led by the Midtown Renaissance folks. But I can't predict a timeline or where one might be built or what the trigger might be.
Any news on the FNC and is there a reason why most people are suggesting the First National Center should be converted to residential rather than office space?
The floor plates of First National are not seen as ideal for modern office users. A hotel is seen as the best shot at reactivating the Great Banking Hall (as a grand lobby with hotel rooms going up surrounding the space Embassy Suites style) with housing being the best shot at a profitable rehabilitation of this landmark.