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  • Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City to remove original tiles in lobby

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Owners also are planning other renovations on the ground floor of the historic downtown hotel in Oklahoma City.

  • Creativity is on right side of law for Oklahoma City firm

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business writer | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Creativity is a part of everyday operations at Oklahoma City’s Dunlop Codding law firm, which on one day may be hosting an artist’s exhibit and speaking series, and another day might host a concert.

  • Shakespeare in the Park relocation sets stage for dramatic innovation

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Juliet may soon appear on the “Juliet balcony” at the former Paseo Plunge building as Shakespeare in the Park seeks to make the Paseo Arts District its permanent home. And in the meantime, the performing arts group has felt the embrace of the Paseo community as it has settled in at its...

  • Former Bricktown auto body shop sells for $8 million

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Fred Mazaheri has expanded his downtown holdings with the purchase of the former Body Works shop and securing a contract to buy a lumberyard south of Lower Bricktown.

  • No OKC Central Live Chat This Week - But I Do Have Updates

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Friday will be mostly a day where I will be preparing for my first ever 5k walk at Sunday’s National Memorial Marathon. I will, however, provide some quick updates to address questions that have been asked over the past few weeks. Bricktown Towers is Dead This one was actually born dead, though a...

  • Sycamore Square apartments relaunches with new name, and many larger units

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    An earlier concept to convert apartments into one-bedroom units has been scrapped.

  • Domino's to showcase new 'pizza theater' concept in Bricktown

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The transformation of Domino’s Pizza that began with commercials featuring criticism of its pizza will be on display in Bricktown with the opening of a “pizza theater” that will include a dining area and open kitchen.

  • Flooding on Park Avenue Where Project 180 Rebuilding is Underway

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Project 180 has had plenty of challenges over the past few years. Today, an apparent water main break is disrupting construction on the stretch of Park Avenue being rebuilt between Broadway and Robinson Avenue. Casey Cornett provided the following video: "Get some more beavers down here and build...

  • First Look: Bricktown Burgers to be Transformed into New Dominos Restaurant

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    A lot of folks were saddened as Dick Parr closed the doors at Bricktown Burgers in December. The restaurant was around for two decades and customers loved Dick’s fresh onion burgers and of course, they loved the man himself. But truth be told, the restaurant was worn out looks wise and was never...

  • Debate over Oklahoma City ordinance's preservation guidelines continues with Deep Deuce property

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Contradictions in rulings from the Downtown Design Review Committee have some people shaking their heads.



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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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