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.
Could you elaborate about Major New Downtown Anchors. Will these be a corporate presence?
We are going to see a vast improvement in retail, cultural and corporate presence downtown.
Would you say that the odds are pretty good for the massive parking lot around the Physician's Bldg at 11th and Shartel to be developed into housing?
Yes. As soon as I saw the plans for the new 327-complex across the street I recognized just how incredible that surface lot is for new development.
What is the status of the Main Street Arcade?
R.D. and Scott Smith are slowly moving forward with renovations, but don't be surprised if this ends up like Plaza Court in Midtown where someone buys the property and completes the job.
What is the status of the Wormy Dog development in Bricktown?
I suspect we will hear new news soon.
Any idea as to when the "mystery tower" at the Stage Center site will be officially announced with presentation?
We will have no shortage of things to talk about during the Christmas holidays.
How is progress at the Steelyard in Bricktown?
From updates I've received from Gary Brooks, this project is proceeding surprisingly well considering just how many complications were involved. We're on track to see construction start in April.
Any word at all on what might happen with the old Film Exchange building located within the boundaries of the new park?
Folks are still trying to save it. There are developers interested in the property. But if the park planners and city staff stand their ground, it will take a command by city council to change the building's fate.
Do you think that Don Karchmer will be successful in his bid to build structured parking with housing in the north Bricktown area?
He's working on a plan that he hopes will address the concerns of rail advocates.
How will OKC's new vacant and abandoned building policy affect the city's real estate market?
Read my story in today's paper about the Marion - it's already about to be renovated and brought back to life. As for the Walcourt, it's going to require a special person to sell a vision to the lady who owns it. The new policy, if it is approved by the city council (it's only been introduced), may have a major impact on the real estate market, but I don't see it being a panacea.