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Steve Lackmeyer: Is a tower coming to Preftakes' block?

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: April 25, 2014 at 1:05 pm •  Published: April 25, 2014
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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.

Any updates on the Preftakes' block?

I believe we will have a tower on that site in five to 10 years.

Looks like the new main street parking garage is getting close to being topped off. What is the expected completion date on this? 

 The original timeline called for a May completion, but we're likely looking at late summer. I'll have an update soon.

Any update on OCU law school? Are they going to have any housing around the building? 

On my last check, the OCU law school is on track to open next January. I do believe we will see quite a bit of related development, including housing and structured parking on the surface parking lots surrounding the school itself, and elsewhere nearby. The remainder of Midtown is already undergoing rapid development, and at least some of it, especially the Bleu Garten food truck plaza being built at NW 10 and Harvey, envisions some business from the law school.

Did the planning department or the public have any input on the configuration of how Broadway was restriped or was it all Public Works?

Oh absolutely. The job was largely prepared by the Automobile Alley Association in conjunction with planning and public works.

With the microbrewery movement in full swing in places like Portland, Seattle, and many other cities around the country, do you see Oklahoma wanting to change their liquor laws any time soon to better accommodate that? 

A small group of corporate interests in the beer industry have called the shots for a long, long time in this state, with lawmakers at their beck and call. But the beer industry has been changing in recent years, and even one of the largest companies locally was sold to one of the nationals. I suspect change will come soon.

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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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