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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: May 10, 2013 at 11:07 am •  Published: May 10, 2013

What's next for Steve Mason and his investment group?

Steve is getting pretty busy in the Plaza District, but don't be surprised to see some more announcements soon related to NW 8.

How optimistic are you that the Bricktown parking garage developer gets the go ahead next week to start work?

Well, the developer is simply deciding next week whether to move forward with the project. He'll still need to go through various reviews throughout the summer.

Can you clear up what's going on with the railroad crossings downtown? I didn't think it was quiet zone work, but is that what's going on?

Yes. The crossings, especially at NW 9, were very, very rough. They are being improved, but this work is not a part of the proposed quiet zone project.

Anything to the rumors that OKC is expanding its airport?

Not to my knowledge. Will Rogers World Airport underwent a pretty big expansion a few years ago. I know their plan allows for more gates to be built - but I'm not aware of OKC running out of gates.

What do you see for the future of lower Bricktown?

There's a lot of open space being used for surface parking. I'm not aware of much open space left for development (unless that parking were to be plowed up and a garage were built)

Besides Toby Keith's OK Kids Korral on the south end of the OUHSC campus, what else can we expect for this area?

Construction is expected to start this summer on an Embassy Suites hotel.

Would the co-op site just south of Bricktown be a nice space for a stadium for an NFL team? If this was even a possibility in the future would that area be big enough?

It's not going to happen. Not at the Coop site. Not in OKC. Not in Oklahoma. College football is too strong.

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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