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Steve Lackmeyer: Marion Hotel renovation could take some time

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: November 2, 2012 at 11:15 am •  Published: November 2, 2012
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The Osler is scheduled to be completed by late 2013. As for parking, there is a very large lot that is to the northeast of the Osler, east of the 1212 Building, and is open to the public but has not been well used because to date it was so isolated. I suspect that this situation will change with the surrounding buildings being redeveloped ... I am not hearing of any plans for any other garages in MidTown other than the one set to be built at NW 10 and Broadway.

Who are some of the civic leaders we should be following closely in terms of downtown development?

Good question. If I had to compile a list of downtown up and comers, it would include developer Richard McKown and architect Wade Scaramucci. Gary Brooks is almost certainly going to remain involved downtown. Andy Barnett is making quite the name for himself. Alison Bailey is a big player in urban core retail and marketing. Developer Steve Mason is almost too fun to follow! Keith and Heather Paul keep downtown's culinary scene interesting. I'll also add that we should include every major big name player on the Thunder with a big name as folks to keep our eyes on. I am tracking at least two other players contemplating downtown ventures in addition to the restaurant Kevin Durant is opening with the Hal Smith Restaurant Group.

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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