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 work begin on the Marion?
The Marion Hotel is set for renovation as part of a tax increment financing agreement for a garage to be built across the street by the MidTown Renaissance Group. I don’t recall a timeline, but I suspect it will still be some time before we see construction start. The first trip wire on this project will be when the developers submit an application to the Downtown Design Review Committee.
The Marion is one of the oldest surviving structures downtown, dating back to circa 1904. It will also be one of the most challenging to renovate due to the tight footprint, roof damage and compromised structural integrity.
What's the future on Historic Tax Credits in our area?
Oklahoman capitol reporter Michael McNutt had an update on the story this week and it's clear Rep. David Dank is going to attempt another run at eliminating most if not all of the state's tax credits. Defenders of the historic tax credits say this is throwing out the baby with the bath water, that the historic tax credits are proven to benefit revitalization of older communities in cities and small towns alike throughout Oklahoma. Dank represents suburban northwest Oklahoma City.
When should the Osler be completed and how will parking for the hotel be accommodated?