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.
What impact will Kevin Durant's permanent move to Deep Deuce have on the neighborhood?
Nicer cars will be seen driving through the neighborhood? I imagine it won't hurt sales momentum at The Hill, but truthfully, the development was already selling quite well before the Durant announcement. The Hill is on target to have 50 town homes built this next year, with more to come. They are one-third through the master plan of 157 residences.
Is there any chance Oklahoma City could get a Crate and Barrel or anything similar one of these days?
Yes. Oklahoma City is finally getting on the radar of quite a few upscale retailers.
Is there anything planned for the area between the Maywood apartments on 4th street and northern Brownstones?
Yes. Expect all of that property to be developed as housing within the next couple of years.
What could happen to the $13.5 million federal grant if the Brewers won't agree to a purchase price for the Santa Fe Depot?
I've talked to those involved, and it appears as if there is little risk that the Brewer challenge will last very long.
When will The Boathouse Foundation invest more money in parking? Why not go ahead and start paving for parking if they plan to have so many events in the area each year?
Do you want a river lined up with parking? That's the challenge here - creating a vibrant riverfront that can attract large crowds, yet isn't one big surface parking lot. The Boathouse Foundation is aware of the parking challenge, and they are planning to possible create some parking lots on the south side of the river just west of the Lincoln Bridge that will be served by shuttles.