Steve Lackmeyer: 'Likely' that Stage Center will be torn down, site redeveloped

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.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: August 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm •  Published: August 31, 2012
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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.

If you had to predict what was going to be on the "theme" of the next bond issue (2016/17), what would it be?

I believe that we'll be looking the MAPS 3 tax expiring at about the same time. I sense that public transit will finally be a priority discussion item. I sense that transit advocates would love to see the bond issue have as a major theme the extension of the streetcar system in terms of infrastructure, more bus routes, and then a zoo-like one-eighth sales tax to pay for operations, or maybe some mix involving a MAPS 4 sales tax. Other constituencies will obviously have their own agendas to pursue. But the transit folks seem to be the most vocal at the moment.

Do you have any updates on the Tower Theater renovation? And What can you tell us about potential plans for the Hotel/Motel Liquidation store and surrounding land on NW 23rd?

Marty Dillon has had the best of intentions in bringing life back to the Tower Theater. But this property has clearly proven to be a challenge, and it's just one of those projects that seems to be always a few months away from starting. As for the hotel liquidation store ... we should be seeing its final liquidation soon.

Bike lanes in OKC: With the introduction of Spokies, do you know if there are plans to start installing more bike lanes around MidTown, Deep Deuce, etc?

If Urban Neighbors teams up with leading developers in those areas to advocate for such lanes, there might be some opportunity for restriping streets to create a narrow lane like there is on Oklahoma Avenue. But I'm not an engineer, so obviously there are others who would know as to the actual feasibility. But I am seeing a growing number of people getting around downtown by bicycle.

The Stage Center received a National Register of Historic Places nomination by the Historic Preservation Commission, so will it be saved from demolition?


by Steve Lackmeyer
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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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