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Steve Lackmeyer: Stage Center will likely be torn down, site will be redeveloped

Reporter Steve Lackmeyer answered questions from readers Friday during a chat about downtown developments in Bricktown and throughout Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: July 27, 2012 at 11:13 am •  Published: July 27, 2012

photo - The Oklahoma City skyline, Tuesday, July 10, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman
The Oklahoma City skyline, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman

Now, final answer: if I were king of the world, I would have looked at the Stage Center site and adjoining properties to the west of the gardens and future park.

On redeveloping vacant buildings in Bricktown:

To elaborate... we've seen some progress in getting building owners to redevelop their properties. The Brewer brothers have done a nice job bringing life the old Hunzicker building (what used to be home to the haunted warehouse). They have life on both levels of the canal - Peach Wave Yogurt on the street level and a very popular Captain Norm's on the canal level. So that's progress. But what about the upper floors of buildings like the Spaghetti Warehouse you ask... well, I'm seeing some encouraging signs... but nothing definite yet.

On additions to Film Row:

Film Row is clicking. It's coming into it's own. New restaurants, new tenants bringing in hundreds of new employees, new creative firms, ongoing building renovations.... the deadCENTER Film Festival will have an incredible outpost there next year.

And there will be a screening room for about 70 people opening up this week as part the new Paramount OKC coffee shop and wine bar opening in the old Paramount Building!

Read the entire chat recap 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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