Steve Lackmeyer: Stage Center site is ripe for tower development

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: November 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012

Are there any plans for renovations of the upper floors of the building that houses Spaghetti Warehouse?

Some of Bricktown's most respected developers have dreamed of adding housing to the upper floors of Spaghetti Warehouse for 20 years. It's an ownership issue.

Do you know of any new projects that show clear improvements in architecture quality? What can be done about drab architecture elsewhere?

Devon Energy Center is a huge step forward architecturally. And despite controversy over the demolition that took place at SandRidge Commons, the new construction underway with the Braniff Building, what's planned with the amenities building, and another building on Broadway can't be dismissed as anything short of sleek, contemporary and eye-catching. The designs that came out this week for the new Holiday Inn Express in Bricktown are getting a lot of praise. And a lot of folks say anything done by Brian Fitzsimmons is likely to be a potential award-winner.

There are a lot of Mexican restaurants in Bricktown. What kind of restaurant do you think would do well in Bricktown that isn't there currently?

I'm still heart broken that Sammy's Pizza came so close to becoming a reality and then fell through. Bricktown needs a good pizza place. Ditto for seafood.

My understanding is the Sammy's pizza restaurant was under-collateralized and there was a disagreement between tenant and landlord that couldn't be overcome.

As an aside...if someone were to open a genuine Jewish deli like the ones I loved as a kid in New York ... I'd write a long column in tribute of that person.

What’s up next to close for Project 180 construction?
They should be letting out another package of work fairly soon. It looks like Hudson, Robinson and Sheridan are very close to completion.

Read the complete chat transcript here.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist 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 Metropolitan...
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