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.
What new retail is coming?
Major new retail is coming downtown that will excite downtown residents and workers.
Any more info on the possibility of a Panera opening downtown or in Bricktown?
No. But we will see either a Panera Bread or its rival Corner Bakery opening up downtown.
If the Bricktown canal were expanded, where would you expand it to?
The Myriad Gardens.
What's next for the Santa Fe Train station now that the city has bought it?
We will see an end, in all likelihood, to $20 parking in the parking lots at the station and parking of vehicles on the station's north steps and entryway. The city will proceed with design work for converting the depot into a transit hub.
When will we start to see more development between the train tracks and Oklahoma between 6th and 10th street? Once the Metropolitan opens or much sooner?
When The Metropolitan is built, and when the railway quiet zone is completed, I expect this area to develop rapidly, connecting seamlessly with Automobile Alley and Deep Deuce.
Have you seen or heard anything lately regarding the boulevard design?
Engineers are wrapping up their studies before they start up a new round of public hearings. Expect evidence to be presented arguing against the option of not building the boulevard and instead restoring the old street grid.
What are you hearing about developments in the Uptown District such as Guyutes, Pump Bar, SOJU Restaurant, Rehearsals and Flashback Retropub? Will they open up this year?
Rehearsals, I believe, is open (it's by OCU). Guyutes design is underway (a new restaurant planned for just west of Subway), and Pump Bar, Flashback, etc., all part of The Rise, are in construction and set to open later this year.