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  • Innovative brainstorming sessions could produce a new type of development along Oklahoma River

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Developers of The Wheeler District are accepting ideas from many on the shape the neighborhood will take.

  • More apartments coming to downtown's Sycamore Square

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Owners plan to add a new building, and convert two-bed units into smaller residences.

  • OGE Energy Corp. headquarters development team looks at large housing, hotel in Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    The Chicago firm hired to help develop a new headquarters for OGE Energy Corp. is seeking to possibly acquire the south half of the downtown Oklahoma City block for a larger mixed-use project.

  • Addition of limited service hotels in OKC might have impact on convention center hotel

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    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 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, July 11, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    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 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Midtown Garage - A Design Refresher

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Architectural accents are being installed this week on the new Midtown Garage being built on NW 10 between Robinson Avenue and Broadway. With all the development taking place downtown, this project has not attracted a lot of attention. But this is another project by architect Bryan Fitzsimmons,...

  • A Question of Trash at the Proposed Springhill Suites

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Atul Patel fared far better in pitching his plans for a Springhill Suites hotel as designed above for Bricktown in comparison to a previous design that was protested last year by residents in Deep Deuce. But while the Bricktown Urban Design Committee was generally very complimentary of the new...

  • OKC Central Live Chat Returns with a Special Guest

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Cathy O’Connor knows far more than I do about what’s going on, and what’s about to take place downtown. She’s president of The Alliance for the Economic Development of Oklahoma City and director of the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority. She is the go-to person on every major development...

  • Downtown Street Life

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    When I look at Robinson Avenue these days, I see a street that will be alive. And I see, of course, the future home of The Oklahoman. Now we’re getting a better glimpse of what the street will look like. First, an application with the Downtown Design Review Committee indicates that three...

  • Bricktown Flyer may already be grounded

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Proposed amusement ride finds little support among officials.



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Steve Lackmeyer


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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 Area Projects, the rebuilding of north downtown, the rebirth of the Skirvin Hotel, the rise of Bricktown, Midtown and Automobile Alley, and the city's courting of the NBA.
Steve's family came to town in 1977 when his father led construction of the Sheraton Century Center Hotel. He roamed the brand new corridors of the Conncourse tunnels (now The Underground). He saw the final last gasp of the old downtown and witnessed the destruction of the 26-story Biltmore Hotel. He spent his teenage years watching construction of the Myriad Gardens and a new skyline including Mid-America (home to Continental Resources), Oklahoma and Corporate Towers, and Leadership Square.
Steve was once referred to as a “downtown partisan” by The Oklahoman's real estate editor Richard Mize. It's a beat Steve enjoys, and his column, "OKC Central," can be read every Tuesday in The Oklahoman’s business section. Lackmeyer also hosts the downtown blog "OKC Central." He is also author of four books about downtown’s history, “OKC Second Time Around,” “Skirvin,” “Operation Scissortail” and “Cornerstone” (all co-authored by Jack Money) and "Bricktown." Lackmeyer also authored "Foraging in Oklahoma," a travelogue and recipe book about produce found at Oklahoma farms and ranches.
Steve is a frequent speaker on downtown development and history, with appearances on television stations OETA, KWTV, KSBI, radio stations KTOK, KGOU, KOSU, WKY and KOKC, local Rotary and Lion’s clubs, and the 2010 National Main Streets Conference. In 2014 Steve was awarded the President’s Award from Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. at its annual Dean A. McGee Awards in recognition of his coverage of downtown and its history.
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