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.
When is Kevin Durant's restaurant set to open?
Randy Hogan wasn't ready to provide a timeline this week. But I wouldn't be shocked if Thunder fans got the chance to celebrate the team's return to the NBA Finals at a restaurant in Bricktown with Kevin Durant's name over the door.
What is going to be built on the site of the old photo building on the SE corner of 6th and Broadway?
Developer Johnathan Russell bought the old Hale Photo building and the adjoining OPUBCO property over the summer. He has shown interest in building a three-story office building there with possible ground floor retail, but he has yet to finalize his plans.
Have all of the Project 180 projects been started? If not, what is left?
No, quite a few Project 180 tasks have yet to be started, most notably the streetscape of Park Avenue, portions of Robinson, Harvey and Hudson Avenues, and I believe Dean A. McGee and Robert S. Kerr are still on the list. E.K. Gaylord is also technically on the list to be done, though some of this work will require good inflow of revenues to continue. Also not done - electric vehicle charging stations.
Is there any movement in OKC to bring a Major League Soccer team to town?
I've not heard anything about an effort in regard to soccer in several years. Sorry.
Downtown needs more quick dining options. Any word on anything coming to downtown, Bricktown?
Yes. The national fast casual restaurants are lining up to find a spot downtown. A dam is about to burst.
Panera Bread is one name I'll share.
Has there been any talk of relocating the jail?
Absolutely. The county has spent years trying to conceive a tax proposal they could hope to get approved by voters that would build a new jail. But to date.... no such luck.
Is Devon Energy going to build a new tower on the Preftakes block?
Read my story in Sunday's edition of The Oklahoman.