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.
What new restaurant/bar/retail are you most looking forward to in the Uptown District and why?
I'm most excited about The Rise shopping center at NW 23 and Walker. It's a game changer with the mix of retail, eateries and bars. It's what the area needs.
Last week you said you see more entertainment venues being added to the mix and there is one development that could change the game that would make Dallas & KC jealous. Any more information on this you can give us? Area? Bricktown? Deep Deuce? Midtown? Would we finally start to see concerts like the ones going to the Brady in Tulsa or Granada in Dallas coming here?
You’re mixing two different comments together. I think there is going to be increased momentum for live music throughout downtown based on projects I’m tracking in Bricktown, Midtown and Film Row.
Is the parking garage still being built as part of the Journal Record building renovation?
Yes it is. From all appearances, this is going to be a very promising development with potential to be even more than what we've seen to date.
What impact do you think that the proposed OGE Headquarters site will have on the Arts Festival?
In the short-run, it's obvious that the food court and some festivities may have to move more into the gardens during construction. In the long run, I also suspect the south half of that block is going to see its own development.
Do you think enough funds have been made available to make Santa Fe Depot the transit hub OKC wants it to be? Or will more funds be needed?
The $13.5 million federal grant goes a long way in helping this project become a reality. I don't think people will be disappointed.
What are the chances that the second tower on the stage center site is taller than the OGE tower?
I think it's highly unlikely it will be taller, but I wouldn't rule it out. My gut tells me it will be a hotel.
Do you have any idea what development will take place along the core to shore park?
I think we're going to see a lot of housing.
How big of an issue would it have been to incorporate the Stage Center into the new building's design?
It could have been done. Absolutely. They could have built the tower on the south half of the block. That would have really intriguing.