Steve Lackmeyer: OKC Central Chat transcript, Oct. 26, 2012

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: October 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm •  Published: October 26, 2012

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. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

NewsOK 9:29 a.m. Good morning everyone. Steve will be logging in at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now.
Steve Lackmeyer 9:58 a.m. Good morning!
Steve Lackmeyer 9:59 a.m. I'm at Nebu in Devon Energy Center - meeting someone here after live chat. Let's get started, shall we?
Gary W 9:59 a.m. Corsair Cattle Company and Corsair Caughron LLC (I assume owned by the same person) bought a lot of properties in 2006 & 2007. Except for the plans for the renovation of the Downtown Baptist Church on Main Street, there has been little movement towards improving those properties. Are they just renting them out or waiting to get more money for renovations?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:01 a.m. It wasn't that long ago that when Corsair Cattle (the Smith brothers) bought a downtown property, it was assumed, usually quite correctly, that they would do nothing but sit on it until they could flip at a great price. Only in the past few years have they begun to act as developers, and have done well with NW 7 and Hudson (Ludevine) and other properties. I've not seen much activity with the Downtown Baptist Church (Main Street Arcade), though a few months ago they did submit renovation plans to the downtown Design Review Committee.
Gary W 10:01 a.m. Steve, thanks for taking all our questions. When is the Santa Fe Parking garage renovation supposed to start?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:02 a.m. The last I checked, the Santa Fe parking garage renovation should start this winter.
Gary W 10:02 a.m. I remember seeing plans to re-streetscape Classen and make it more pedestrian friendly. Any chances that comes to fruition?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:02 a.m. Gary, are you talking about the Asian streetscape completed last year? That's the only project I know about.
Gary W 10:03 a.m. With the Edge being built in Midtown, do you see some of these other large lots (SW corner of 11th & Hudson, SW corner of 10th and Hudson) being bought up and larger developments being done on them?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:04 a.m. Yes, I do see some other developments taking place on the lots you speak of, and don't be surprised if conversations are going on now ... I suspect we'll see more mixed use residential.
Gary W 10:04 a.m. Steve Mason bought 11 NW 8th in June, 2011. Has there been any progress on that remodel?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:04 a.m. Mason has been weighing ideas for development, but I'm not aware of any announcement yet for that property.
Gary W 10:04 a.m. Are there any plans to renovate the Melvin Luster home at 300 NE 3rd?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:05 a.m. Neighbors report they've witnessed activity at the Luster home, which is a very impressive home built almost a century ago. It's not in great shape...
Nick 10:05 a.m. Good morning, Steve!
Steve Lackmeyer 10:05 a.m. Good morning Nick!
Bryce 10:05 a.m. A few months back you wrote an article about the Century Center Mall being renovated. Is anything happening with it still?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:06 a.m. Hopefully we'll hear an update on Century Center in the near future.
Nick 10:06 a.m. When can we expect actual construction to begin on the Edge @ Midtown?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:06 a.m. It's my understanding they are preparing to get site work started any time now.
guy 10:06 a.m. Are there any plans for the lot on 13th and Broadway next to the Garage apts?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:08 a.m. Companies affiliated with Mark Moore own those lots. I think they are great corners, especially the one at Robinson that was once home to a shopping center that included Brown's Bakery. I can see housing being built there, but any developer would have to figure out how to win support from the adjoining Heritage Hills neighborhood.
Pat 10:08 a.m. An affiliate of sandridge bought the property at 4th and EKG. Is this a land company, a drilling company or midstream company of theirs ? What I'm getting at, is this for an extension of the Sandridge Commons or some other unspecified entity ?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:08 a.m. Pat, the buyer was 4th Street Partners LLC. That's all we know, and SandRidge isn't talking.
George 10:09 a.m. When it comes to the skyline and downtown Okc in general, do you see growth fueled by all local companies or have you heard any outside relocation rumors?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:10 a.m. George, good question. Hopefully many of you read the story I had last Sunday about the future for downtown Oklahoma City's skyline. So here's what I can tell you - the companies I'm hearing about looking at new office construction downtown are mostly, but not totally, local companies.
Andy L 10:10 a.m. Any idea what the current status is of the new apartment complex that's supposed to be built on the old Mercy Hospital site? I thought construction was supposed to have begun several weeks ago.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:11 a.m. Groundbreaking on The Edge, the housing to be built on the former site of Mercy Hospital at NW 13 and Walker Avenue, was last week!
Nick 10:11 a.m. Perhaps Marva will step back in build something great? I seem to mention her every chat, but I really like what Marva has proposed in the past and her work on the Seiber was amazing.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:12 a.m. Nick, Marva, I'm sure, appreciates your comment. She's still developing the corner at NW 5 and Hudson (site of the old Allen's Cafe) and is pursuing some other projects that aren't ready for primetime.
Nick 10:12 a.m. Any updates on the Hotel Marion renovation and neighboring garage?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:14 a.m. My understanding is that most of the pieces for the garage and Marion have been figured out, and planning is well underway.
guy 10:14 a.m. Is there any special reason the gazette parade is using such a different route this year?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:15 a.m. My guess - and this is only a guess - is that it probably involves sponsorships and advertisement agreements that help pay for the production. Keep in mind, Bill Bleakley and his crew put a lot of time, money and effort into the parade, so at some level it's got to be self sustaining.
Corey 10:16 a.m. How far off are we from official announcement (s) of a new tower being built downtown?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:16 a.m. I'm going to take Mark Beffort and others at their word and believe it will likely be within the next several months.
Toby Keith 10:16 a.m. Any info on expansion plans at St. Anthony's?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:17 a.m. No, I need to catch up with them...
Pablo 10:17 a.m. Any final thoughts about the OKCoCo vs. Fleet Tracking story? Know some folks are scrambling to find a place to work instead of the coco.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:18 a.m. I keep wondering why the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City don't seize the moment and step in to address this need and opportunity.
Nick 10:18 a.m. Is the city going to salvage any of the number of beautiful properties in the Central Park area or just bulldoze them? There are some really unique opportunities for reuse in that area.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:19 a.m. I've yet to see the city show any great interest in salvaging any of the properties in the area other than the Union Train Depot.
Margaret 10:19 a.m. Per your article this past Sunday, you mentioned 3 new headquarters possibly being built downtown, are these all energy companies?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:19 a.m. No.
Toby Keith 10:19 a.m. Do you know when the new liquor store is going to open at Legacy next to Hobbys Hoagies?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:20 a.m. It looks like it won't be long. Likewise, preparations are underway to open Deep Deuce Wines in the Littlepage Building on Central Avenue just south of NE 2.
Jamie 10:20 a.m. Any chance of doing a story about downtown rent costs? Wonder how they compare to other markets, especially in the emerging areas of midtown, film row, etc. Can small, local businesses afford to be in the core?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:20 a.m. Not a bad story idea! I'll add it to my list.
Bryce 10:20 a.m. Have you heard when the new park in front of the civic center will be complete?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:21 a.m. It's open to the public now. I suspect the "punch list" (final items, clean-up) will continue for a bit due to the compressed deadline.
Nick 10:21 a.m. What is with the shoddy little trees on the south side of the Bricktown Ballpark? I seem to remember that they were damaged in an ice storm, but driving along Reno, what's there now should really be unacceptable. They never replaced what was totally lost, and what's there now looks pitiful.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:22 a.m. I've asked the RedHawks and city about those trees, and neither side comes up with a real answer other than a bit of bewilderment as to who is responsible. Maybe OKC Beautiful can do a midnight planting of new trees?
damon 10:22 a.m. looks like OKC has done some of the things Richard Florida said we should have. Downtown (and places like Plaza district) very friendly now to the hipster, artistic, gay-friendly, young crowd. what do you think?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:28 a.m. Damon, when Richard Florida was quite the buzz several years ago, civic leaders, most notably Burns Hargis, did note what he was saying. And indeed they have made changes designed to make the city more attractive to the creative class. But I'd hesitate greatly - and would have trouble with the idea that OKC followed a prescribed course by Richard Florida. My thought then, and still is, that for a city to try to implement such a course is like a 46-year-old (like myself) trying to act like a "hip" 20-something: it comes off as fake, forced and not genuine. The Plaza District was being attempted long before Richard Florida, and the mix that made that possible was created at the grassroots, with just the right amount of support coming from the city via a streetscape and strategic code enforcement.
Tom 10:28 a.m. So has OPUBCO sold off all of its property downtown? Saw mention in your story Sunday about that.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:29 a.m. I'm not sure that OPUBCO has sold off all of its downtown property - not yet at least. But we've seen some transactions including NW 4 and Broadway.
Nick 10:29 a.m. okc.biz has a nice article on Johnathan Russell's plans for the Rise. Are you excited for what he has planned there?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:30 a.m. Hey! I hope you saw I had my story on The Rise first! And yes, The Rise looks very promising.
Tom 10:30 a.m. Also, is Ed Kelley heading back to OKC? Have you heard where he might land? He would be a good additon to any local business.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:31 a.m. Ed Kelley is one of the best journalists I've ever met. If he wants to stay in D.C. and work there, he'll do it, or come back here, he'll do it. Getting a job in the biz won't be a problem for someone like Ed Kelley.
Pat 10:31 a.m. Any chance that we'll see some kind of residential on the new garage on main street ? Thanks
Steve Lackmeyer 10:32 a.m. Yes, the Urban Renewal Authority issued a request for proposals for housing atop the garage and I've spoken to some developers who plan to submit for the project.
mystery tower 10:32 a.m. So when is Devon going to break ground on their second tower?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:32 a.m. You amuse me.
Davidd 10:33 a.m. About a year ago a group bought Crossroads Mall, with promises to get the mall going again. Have you heard anything on this? The property is still in good shape and it is a shame to see it with only 10% occupancy.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:34 a.m. I don't know. That's a challenging property, but I wouldn't bet against the owners, Michael Dillard and Roddy Bates. I'm not very up to date on Crossroads, which has been covered mostly by Oklahoman Real Estate editor Richard Mize.
Nick 10:34 a.m. What is your honest opinion of how big an impact OCU's law school move to downtown will have on the area?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:34 a.m. I think it might be pretty significant if OCU does some branding with the area and nearby property owners respond with development of housing and retail.
Chris 10:35 a.m. If the new transit hub is at the Santa Fe train station. Will they move the metro transit (Hudson St.) over there too?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:36 a.m. I think there is a possibility for such a consolidation. Note that the city council last week spent quite a bit of time talking about how to encourage Greyhound to consider relocating to Santa Fe as part of their long term planning.
Bill 10:36 a.m. You often talk about needing a replacement of Taylor's downtown. Full Circle did a popup shop during better block. Have you talkd to them about coming downtown?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:37 a.m. I talked. I might even have begged, cried, prayed and wrote a love letter as well.... I just don't see it happening...
Nick 10:37 a.m. Is one MidFirst Bank??
Steve Lackmeyer 10:37 a.m. What?
BA 10:37 a.m. Any update on the relocation of Producers Co Op?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:37 a.m. Nope.
Kerry 10:38 a.m. Is there anything to the ConocoPhillips rumor?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:38 a.m. If you're talking about ConocoPhillips coming to downtown Oklahoma City, I was hearing that rumor as well back in 2011. I've seen nothing to indicate it's true.
Jasper 10:38 a.m. Steve, do you know what spots are being considered for the Panera Bread you mentioned might be coming?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:39 a.m. Deep Deuce/Maywood
Matt 10:39 a.m. Why isn't the Green family more active downtown. Seems like Hobby Lobby/Mardel headquarters would make a heck of a skyscraper.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:39 a.m. That's not their style though...
JR 10:39 a.m. I've seen some work being done to the church on 2nd and Walnut. What's the story going on there?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:40 a.m. The Dan Davis Law Firm bought the old Calvary Baptist Church and is in the middle of renovating it into offices.
KD 10:40 a.m. When will the new entrance to the arena be done? Season starts next week!!!
Steve Lackmeyer 10:40 a.m. Yes. But are there really huge crowds of people eager to enter the arena from the undeveloped Core to Shore lots?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:41 a.m. (as for the timing, I don't know about the new arena entrance opening...)
Nick 10:41 a.m. I noticed what appeared to be some dirt work going on between NE 2nd and 3rd between the Maywood Lofts and southern strip of Brownstones. Is this the rumored project of Richard McKown being built?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:42 a.m. Interesting. This might be some testing going on. Yes, McKown is interested in developing the property.
Nick 10:42 a.m. Is the midnight planting of new trees a real thing or sarcasm?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:43 a.m. It's only sarcastic if I risk getting in trouble for being genuine in making such a suggestion.... seriously, how hard is it to replace four half dead trees on such a prominent corridor?
Corey 10:43 a.m. A group of more than 100 civic and business leaders from Louisville visited Oklahoma City this week to get ideas from our downtown revitalization to possibly work in their city, do you have a story on this coming up?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:44 a.m. Corey, I may have a story about the bigger picture. The truth is, we're seeing these visits so often now that it's not feasible to write about each one. We also had a smaller group of people from Raliegh here planning a much larger site visit for next year. OKC has become a "buzz" city...
Pat 10:44 a.m. Anything going on with the possible sale of the cottonseed mill site ? Is there anyone out there interested in that site ? Does the co-op have to sell before they move to Council ?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:45 a.m. To my knowledge there is nothing new to report with the coop site.
Mel 10:45 a.m. Think some things have gotten a little too hipster. Way too many beards downtown. Only James Harden should have one.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:45 a.m. Can't beat Harden and his beard. Did you know it now has its own Wiki page?
Dennis 10:46 a.m. How many towers that are possibly coming to downtown over 40 stories?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:46 a.m. I don't know.
Chris 10:46 a.m. Will Walker and Hudson be converted to two way streets all the way through downtown?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:47 a.m. Public works director Eric Wenger and Assistant City Manager Dennis Clowers both promised earlier this year Walker and Hudson would be converted to two-way traffic all through downtown by the end of the year.
Bennie 10:47 a.m. Do you see downtown being too much to handle and we will not be able to keep up with our growth?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:49 a.m. I think there's an awareness among key players that we're in danger of missing out on some opportunities if we don't address parking and egress issues. But those needs are being actively addressed, so I suspect we'll keep up - though it will be painful and sometimes with slim margins of meeting such needs.
Mel 10:49 a.m. someone check on steve.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:50 a.m. I'm at Nebu for those who want to check on me. Still battling a bit of a head cold, but otherwise, this is really me. And seriously, James Harden's beard has a section at Wiki.
Pamela 10:51 a.m. The proposed downtown elementary school designs are pretty bad, please tell the City won't let these designs go through?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:51 a.m. I've heard a lot of people complaining about the elementary designs, but I'm not sure if those complaints are getting heard yet at City Hall. If you don't like them, I'd urge you to contact the mayor and your council representative.
Nick 10:51 a.m. Steve?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:52 a.m. Nick?
Gary W 10:52 a.m. ith I-40 gone and the boulevard going in, what are the chance we will see development along the boulevard in Lower Bricktown?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:53 a.m. Not good. The boulevard is only at grade in Lower Bricktown between Compress Avenue and just west of Mickey Mantle Drive.
William 10:53 a.m. What we're your thoughts on the various plans for the core to shore park presented last night?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:54 a.m. I was unable to go last night due to a bad case of the sniffles.
Gary W 10:54 a.m. When will the Southwest corner of the CHK Arena be completed?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:54 a.m. I don't know.
Nick 10:55 a.m. Fear not, Steve! I did indeed notice your story first. I just saw that this morning and it reminded me.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:55 a.m. Whew!
Nick 10:55 a.m. When is the streeetscape going to happen along Western? That street needs the work.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:55 a.m. Are you talking about where VZDs is located? If so, that may be a few more months as it goes through some additional planning review.
William 10:55 a.m. Did you scoop an invite to the Devon Tower opening? If so, what was the most impressive part or favorite part of the event for you?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:56 a.m. Yep. I saw Aubrey McClendon, Larry Nichols, Harold Hamm and Tom Ward all in the same room at once. I really wish someone could have snapped a photo of them together.
mystery tower 2 10:57 a.m. So when is Sauron going to break ground on their second tower?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:58 a.m. Not until Morgoth instructs him to do so (don't try to play head games with a Lord of the Rings geek)
Elise 10:58 a.m. Is there a concrete plan for the Farmers' Market to become just that in the future - a centrally located hub for produce, meats, flowers, bread etc. that will be open more than one day a week?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:59 a.m. A plan? No. An effort despite lack of planning? Yep. I'll be writing on this fairly soon.
Drew 10:59 a.m. With Continental Resources growing so rapidly, have you had a chance to, or thought about sitting down with Harold Hamm and asking him what he incision
Steve Lackmeyer 10:59 a.m. Not sure I get your question Drew.
John 10:59 a.m. If the county jail is moved from its present location, what will happen there? That area seems to have missed improvements that have spread in other directions from the CBD.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:00 a.m. John, I don't know. I'd say it's still a long shot for a tax being passed to build a new jail.
Nick 11:00 a.m. A new skyscraper for downtown, is one MidFirst Bank?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:00 a.m. If I had such information nailed down, I'd report it.
Drew 11:00 a.m. After seeing the rapid growth of Continental Resources, have you had the chance to, or thought about sitting down with Harold Hamm and discussing what he envisions for the future of the city?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:02 a.m. I think Harold Hamm is pretty busy right now trying to get settled...
Tom 11:02 a.m. Is it true Dickenson is out of Penn Square Mall and AMC is in?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:02 a.m. Don't know. We'll find out.
Elise 11:02 a.m. I read your article about developing retail in the CBD and responded that we could use a Westlake Ace Hardware store downtown, which was not really what you were asking. However, I think a lot about what is missing downtown that would add to its appeal. What do you think would do it? Besides a massive trampoline gym.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:03 a.m. Taylor's Newsstand!
Nick 11:03 a.m. Yeah, it's unfortunate that the Green family doesn't do more downtown. Them and Chesapeake...
Lance Armstrong 11:03 a.m. Did you ever hear anything about why so many downtown streets are dark at night? Makes walking, and especially cycling, dangerous.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:04 a.m. It's something I've noticed, especially in Deep Deuce along Walnut Avenue and NE 4.
BA 11:04 a.m. How about prgress on a new eatery at the Myriad Gardens space?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:04 a.m. I'll be checking into this next week.
Nick 11:04 a.m. That's what I'm saying! It shouldn't be that hard at all. I'd plant them myself if someone provided the trees.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:05 a.m. Nick, I'll meet you there at midnight Tuesday (I'm kidding. No I'm not. But I am).
Nick 11:05 a.m. Are OU and OCU every going to actually build boathouses along the river? I'm starting to think they're involved in eternal planning.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:05 a.m. OU and UCO are set to build boathouses. OCU already has one.
BethanySooner 11:05 a.m. I noticed in the minutes of the September meeting of the Convention Center Committee that there was some concern on the committee that the overall 250M budget might not work because of the cost of the site selected. Another committee member then suggested that to stay within budget and at the same time get the necessary square footage that they could scale back on the finishes. In your opinion Steve, do you think we could end up with another big concrete box - resembling the Cox Center - with minimal architectural features just to keep the location?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:06 a.m. I think a lot of questions have yet to be asked or answered. I intend to change that.
joe 11:07 a.m. the cotton mill site would be perfect for a big stadium, maybe that's can be a wish for the far, far future, when OKC has the NFL.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:07 a.m. I've heard that sentiment before.
Nick 11:08 a.m. How sick are you of questions over the mystery tower(s), excluding this one?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:08 a.m. I understand the questions and appreciate the interest. I'm hoping my story last Sunday was an adequate update. I will be very, very surprised if an announcement of a new tower isn't made by this time next year.
Nick 11:09 a.m. Midtown is in the midst of what seems to be a real renaissance, but driving around, there are still a TON of empty lots and rundown properties. Do we start to see this filled in soon or is there still a long way to go on that front?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:10 a.m. MidTown was on the verge of death just a decade ago. I think some perspective is needed - we're seeing development at a rather rapid pace and we're forgetting just how long these turnarounds usually take to pull off. I think we'll see the number of undeveloped properties in MidTown cut by half over the next few years.
guy 11:10 a.m. There is an empty lot on robinson between 12th and 13th on the west side of the street that i walk by a lot. it's between two parking lots i think, and is completely overgrown with brush. Do you know anything about this? What, if anything, is going to be done with it?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:10 a.m. I've noticed that lot as well. I don't know who owns it
politics 11:11 a.m. Might be too much of a political question, but how long do you see Mick Cornett staying as mayor of OKC? Seems like that spot is critical for guiding the momentum and pushing thru maps projects.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:11 a.m. That's really a question for Mick Cornett, not me.
Nick 11:11 a.m. I'm not torn up about the Boulevard not being at grade until it's passed Lower Bricktown. That area is a huge disappointment. Thank you very much, Randy Hogan.
guy 11:12 a.m. If the chances are bad for development along the blvd in lower bricktown, was i mistaken in understanding that the general hope is that Bricktown will grow and develop South-ward?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:12 a.m. I've heard quite a few people note that Bricktown has a leadership vacuum now, that there is no vision or growth plan whatsoever....
Nick 11:12 a.m. Yeah, that's the spot I had in mind.
Larry 11:13 a.m. I've heard some buzz about the Neighborhood Lounge (at 4th and Shartel) on Twitter and on OKC Central. Is this place becoming hip or something?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:13 a.m. I guess? It bewilders me as well. But I plan on visiting Neighborhood Lounge soon to find out for myself. Stick around long enough ...
Nick 11:13 a.m. Is it possible that Chesapeake eventually gets too big for the area around 63rd and has to build an office downtown or somewhere else? They've really cannibalized that whole area and, to me, it seems they're starting to get a little too big for that area. However, they seem absolutely dedicated to being over there.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:14 a.m. It's as possible as peace breaking out between Isreal and Iran, as possible as Republican and Democrats working together to pay off our country's debt and fixing our economy.
Guest 11:15 a.m. Bikes Blues and BBQ is very popular and growing in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Neighborhood Lounge 11:15 a.m. Steve- When will you be making an appearance to downtown's premier night hot spot?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:15 a.m. Soon. Next time I'm invited to join the hip cool kids.... (Dustin, Gentry, etc.)
Nick 11:15 a.m. What is this about AMC possibly going in at Penn Square Mall?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:16 a.m. I don't know. But we'll be checking into it.
Stoney 11:16 a.m. You have a lot of love for Ray Ackerman and Lee Allen (ad guys), but not much love for PR guys. What's the diff? :)
Steve Lackmeyer 11:17 a.m. I have a lot of love for HONEST, ETHICAL PR folks. They include the folks at Saxum, Debbie Anglin, indies like Tracey Zeeck ...
Nick 11:17 a.m. Perhaps I was thinking UCO then...? Whichever two don't have them but have been in the late-planning stages for months now.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:17 a.m. Yep, UCO is in the final stages of design and funding. I suspect it will be the first to break ground next.
Nick Roberts 11:17 a.m. Steve, hope all is well I just logged onto the NewsOK site at the right time I guess. Curious if there's still any momentum behind the Bricktown CC site, as I sensed last month there was after all of the new hotels were announced. Sheridan is very quickly going to become an impressive canyon of tall hotels
Steve Lackmeyer 11:18 a.m. The idea of moving the convention center was tanked by the MAPS 3 convention center subcommittee
Elise 11:18 a.m. I am really excited about Dwelling Spaces and Roughtail Brewing coming downtown. Do you know of any other small businesses making the move?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:18 a.m. Some ideas are being pursued, but nothing official yet.
Jasper 11:19 a.m. Do you know of anything planned for that corner of land opposite Level Urban across Walnut on NE 3rd? That'd make a great place for drugstore or a cafe.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:19 a.m. That corner is owned by Urban Renewal with the adjoining land to the east owned by the OIC. I suspect we'll see it developed over the next few years.
Nick Roberts 11:19 a.m. Second Question - why couldn't the park designers give OKC A more unique design? It looks like they're doing cookie cutter fully programmed park. Then they talk about things like a restaurant, souvenir shop, etc..whilst they're tearing down the great old buildings on Robinson that could be adaptively reused in a creative way.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:19 a.m. I hear you.
Nick 11:20 a.m. Why is the city so intent on using period lighting in a lot of places? The lights used in P180 are awesome, but this period lighting (like what you see on the way to the airport down Meridian) just looks out of place.
Nick 11:20 a.m. Who is the most likely to give Bricktown some leadership?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:20 a.m. That's the big question Nick. I've yet to hear an answer.
Sara 11:21 a.m. Of all the developments in the Plaza District, what would it take to have a successful independent coffee shop over there? Surprised that hasn't happened yet.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:21 a.m. Coffey's Cafe was a great coffee shop and cafe, but it didn't make it. Another one was attempted in the same spot previously.
Nick 11:22 a.m. Speaking of, how's the cleanup of the steelyard site going?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:22 a.m. If I recall correction, the clearance of buildings at Stewart Steel should be starting this winter.
Sergei 11:22 a.m. Longest chat ever?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:22 a.m. Seems like it!
John 11:22 a.m. What's new with OKCCoCo?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:22 a.m. The two sides are in settlement talks.
Rod 11:23 a.m. Any talk of adding new ramps to I-40 around downtown area?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:23 a.m. Not that i know of.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:23 a.m. Folks, I've got to say goodbye now! Have a great weekend!
John 11:24 a.m. Thanks Steve.
Elise 11:24 a.m. Thanks. Awesome chat!
Nick 11:24 a.m. Thanks Steve!

by Steve Lackmeyer
Reporter Sr.
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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