Steve Lackmeyer: NW 23 was one of Oklahoma City's earliest streetscape projects

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: April 4, 2014 at 11:45 am •  Published: April 4, 2014
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What's the latest on the quiet zone downtown?

Planning and engineering is underway.

What do you think the short-term and long-term effects of the Buy For Less investment and the TIF district creation along NE 23rd Street will be?

The northeast community is very loyal to merchants and retailers who do right by their neighborhoods. I think this development, if done right, will be a source of pride for NE 23 and will spark other development in the area with much needed help from tax increment financing and other tools available through City Hall.

Have you seen any firm plans regarding the area around the new 21c Museum Hotel as far as accompanying development?

Developments are in the planning stages. The area is going to take off.

Do you know when OG&E and Rainey will have the latest on their new building/development?

I suspect we'll start hearing new details after the Festival of the Arts.

Any information yet on what they're going to use the former Paseo Underground building as now that they've discovered the nice facade?

Yes! It's going to be home to Pizzeria Gusto. Read my recent story here: http://newsok.com/surprise-facade-surfaces-on-once-doomed-building-at-uptown-shopping-center/article/3947335

Any updates on the progress of the Steelyard apartments?

Work is ongoing. Part of that involves site monitoring, testing. We're likely looking at construction starting late this year.

Have you heard anything on when construction might start on the apartments at 10th and Shartel?

The last I checked, we're looking at later this year.

Any updates on Trader Joes coming to OKC?

I keep hearing they're looking at the Classen Curve area.

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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