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 talks of when and where the first restaurant on the Oklahoma River is pop up? Are there any spaces you can think of that you would like to see a restaurant on the river?
Don't be surprised if one pops up with the White Water Rapids, which I think would be a great location.
Any updates with the Boulevard?
Behind the scenes there are discussions underway to make Route A more pedestrian friendly. Friends for a Better Boulevard, meanwhile, is gearing up for a fight noting the consultant, Stantech, was not given the free hand to look at all options as was promised (engineers instructed that any scenario has to keep Reno open and result in construction of a full boulevard).
Project 180 recently received a $750,000 grant for streetscape on EK Gaylord & will start quickly due to time constraints on the grant. What do you think would be the best used for and what do you think it will end up getting used for? Prepping for streetcar tracks?
At the start of Project 180 I asked city officials about how they planned to rebuild streets and then tear them up again to add streetcar tracks. I'm not sure their answers settled everyone's concerns then, and it sounds like it's not ending debate today. I'll post that story on OKC Central later today.
Was the St. Anthony expansion approved at yesterday's meeting?
No, it was delayed as St. Anthony works with the owner of Kaiser's to ensure he has a place for his dumpsters.
Any big predictions for downtown Oklahoma City in 2013?
The skyline is going to grow.
By how many buildings if you had to guess?
Consider this: we already know there will be a 13-story Main Street garage with housing going up this next year, along with the new elementary. Of course, you all want to know about the towers. I see two towers going up.
I noticed some of the neon is already going out on the new Tower Theater sign. Is there something on the horizon for this gem or is destined for disrepair once more?
I fear that the owners are in over their heads... and this is based on conversations I've had with them. They're good people. But this isn't an easy project for those inexperienced on historic restoration projects.