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.
The building permit was submitted for the white-water rapids. How much longer do you estimate until real work begins for that whole project?
I think it starts this summer. It will be a big deal for the river, and a game changer for the river. People do not grasp how the river is being transformed into a regional recreational destination.
When will we start to see vertical movement on the Steelyard in Bricktown?
As developers Gary Brooks and Andy Burnett cautioned early on, this property has a lot of contamination and remediation issues. They encountered some "surprises" that require additional time and construction is now set to start late this year.
What's the status on TEEMCO and the Gold Dome?
From what I've seen, they are making good progress on renovations.
What do you think is the likelihood that they keep the Cox Convention Center?
I suspect the Cox Convention Center will be torn down and redeveloped, but nothing firm has been discussed yet.
What's the latest on current or future plans at the Farmer's Market?
The owners of the Farmer's Public Market are looking at opening a bar in one of the ancillary buildings and if successful, that could be a big help to drawing more people to the area.
Any positive tracking of the mystery towers other than OG&E?
From what I'm seeing and hearing, there are several pieces that need to fall in place before we see further movement on another tower.
Do you know of any surprises that will come along with the closing of the Nichols hills plaza sale?
The developer sounds like a real pro, and we've got a great shot at seeing some exciting changes and improvements under their ownership.
Has UCO broken ground on their boathouse yet?
Officially? No. They were going to do one in November but delayed it until March due to inclement weather.