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  • Oklahoma City church agrees to delay move until Tower Theater re-developers obtain needed liquor license

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Demolition work at former theater reveals artifacts.

  • Bricktown in Oklahoma City will get two hotels with 300 total rooms

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    The Texas company, NewCrestImage, that soon will open a Holiday Inn Express in Bricktown also plans to build two 150-room hotels as part of the Steelyard development in east Bricktown.

  • Over the decades, Festival of the Arts has seen many changes

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts that is moving back to its original home at Civic Center Park is quite a bit different from the event that got its start in 1967.

  • Festival of the Arts will return to Civic Center Park in 2016

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    The Festival of the Arts, downtown’s largest annual festival, is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016 back at its original home at Civic Center Park.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, Jan. 16, 2015

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    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.

  • Saving What's Left

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Six years have passed since I first suggested a public discussion might be needed about what I saw as a new wave of demolition set to hit downtown. Every building I mentioned in that 2008 column as being in danger has either been destroyed, or after the vote Thursday by the Downtown Design Review...

  • Oklahoma City panel approves razing nine downtown buildings for a new office tower and two parking garages

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Developers to preserve Union Bus Station sign, but not structure in downtown Oklahoma City. Devon Energy will lease much of the space in the 27-story tower west of it headquarters building.

  • 499 W Sheridan - Final Thoughts of the Day

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the lengthy discussion and debate that took place today as the Downtown Design Review Committee considered whether or not to allow demolition to occur to make way for the 499 W Sheridan tower development. What strikes me as I’ve had time to mull it over is the...

  • Board approves demolition of 9 downtown buildings

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Nine buildings that represent that last remnants of downtown’s old retail Main Street are set to be torn down following approval Thursday by the Downtown Design Review Committee on plans for a 27-story tower and two parking garages.

  • Miniature golf coming to Bricktown

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    The Bricktown Urban Design Committee has approved plans for an 18-hole miniature golf course as part of the Brickopolis project.


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 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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