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Steve Lackmeyer: Oklahoma City looking to proceed with reconstruction of E.K. Gaylord Boulevard

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: March 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm •  Published: March 29, 2013
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Last week you predicted that Midtown would be built out to the equivalent of what Deep Deuce is today. Were you referring to the entire district from 4th to 13th or primarily the 10th street corridor?

Let's say NW 10 to NW 13 right now... you're right.... to see everything north of NW 4 developed within three years is a bit much.

When will we see a new housing project by the Bomasada Group and where?

Deep Deuce - if it happens.

Whatever happened to the FlatIron project by Grant Humphreys?

The per-forma was always on the high side, and quite frankly, it still doesn't work. Something will happen eventually at that site, but for now, Grant Humphreys is staying very busy developing Carlton Landing at Lake Eufaula.

In regards to the East Bricktown project, why exactly is the remediation of the land and moving of utilities going to take over a year?

Because this site is a mess. These are no ordinary utilities. We're talking about underground drainage lines big enough to drive a school bus. The electric overhead lines are huge. The soil needs remediation. This work takes time.

Does the city have funding for the convention center hotel or would the brand taking over need to fund the cost?

Experts have indicated the city will need to chip in at least $50 million for a convention center hotel. The city has not indicated any source for this funding.

What brand of hotel do you think we will get? Is there a chance that OKC could get a W Hotel as the convention hotel?

Don't be surprised if it's an Omni.

Will there be a new restaurant opening where Sage used to be in Deep Deuce?

I hear it will be opened as a cigar lounge.

How tall might we expect the new convention center hotel to be?

Architects suggested 20 stories.

Read the complete chat transcript here.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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...
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