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  • Council to vote on annexing Midtown to downtown OKC

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writerslackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Council will vote on the possible annexation of Midtown to the downtown business improvement district Tuesday. It the vote is successful, Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. would take over marketing, street furnishings and maintenance of two roundabouts in the expansion.

  • Oklahoma City's Myriad Gardens is garden spot

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writerslackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    The Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City is one of six finalists for the Urban Land Institute's prestigious Urban Open Space Award.

  • The Downtown future home of Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center will feature four-story building

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    The new Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center building was designed by architect Rand Elliott.

  • Amazing Changes Ahead for Film Row?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Developers Mark Beffort and Andy Burnett are set to finally reveal their entire plan for development around the old Fred Jones plant at 900 W Main. Let’s review first what has already come out over recent weeks before we get to the full plans. First, keep in mind this development is not a done...

  • Yet Another Film Row Transformation Project

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Try to keep up with me as I catch up with all the projects coming through on the next docket for the Downtown Design Review Committee on Thursday. The Better Business Bureau’s Oklahoma City operation has stood at 17 S Dewey for at least as long as I’ve worked at The Oklahoman. Twenty-five years...

  • More About the Pending First National Developer

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    One interesting story has popped up about developer Stephen Goodman following his interview yesterday – one that indicated his renovation of a historic Cleveland property was experiencing long delays and subject to litigation. I spoke to Goodman this morning about this story, and he said the...

  • Developer announces plans for Oklahoma City's historic First National Center

    By Steve Lackmeyer Staff Writerslackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    California developer Stephen Goodman told The Oklahoman on Wednesday he is set to close by early August on a long-delayed purchase of Oklahoma City’s First National Center. The redevelopment will be in excess of $140 million and will turn the property into a mix of upscale housing, retail,...

  • First National tenants may have more time to relocate

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    The California developer set to buy First National Center this summer wants tenants to know they will likely have more than 60 days to find new arrangements and they may be offered a chance to temporarily relocate within the complex during construction. Tenants said Tuesday they were notified...

  • First National Center tenants learn building could sell soon

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Downtown Oklahoma City business owners in the First National Center are scrambling to find new space after learning the historic building could sell as early as July 22.

  • Oklahoma City restaurant Urban Roots has closed its doors in Deep Deuce

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    After five years, the restaurant and music venue Urban Roots is shutting down.



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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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