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  • Design Review at Work: More Revisions to the Criterion Music Hall in Bricktown

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    A few weeks ago I reported on plans by Matt Maley, an oil & gas guy and real estate investor from Colorado, to build a concert venue with the operators of the Wormy Dog Saloon in Bricktown on what remains of the old Stewart Metal Fabricators complex on E Sheridan Avenue. City planner Michael...

  • Arts District Garage Now Open

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority, now known as EMBARK, hosted the grand opening of the new Arts District Parking Garage Tuesday afternoon. The $24.5 million, 10-story garage at 431 W Main, between Walker and Hudson, adds 802 new parking spaces to Downtown Oklahoma City...

  • Redevelopment of historic Oklahoma City school includes housing

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Former Page-Woodson school at NE 6 and Stonewall will be center of major project.

  • Officials say Oklahoma City high-rise developer must start work quickly

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Firms competing to build towers on city-owned land in the heart of downtown OKC indicate they can start construction next year.

  • Development appears aimed at edge of planned Core to Shore project

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Impact of major MAPS proposal becoming clearer on Oklahoma City development projects.

  • The Metropolitan apartment complex takes shape near downtown Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    The Garage of 330-unit, $45-million complex is rising alongside Interstate 235. The development is the largest apartment complex built to date in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Pop-up Shops opening this month in MidTown for holiday shoppers

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Temporary retail site and Christmas tree lot will be at NW 10 and Hudson.

  • Fix Finally Underway on NE 2 Sidewalk Obstacle - The Rest of the Story

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Over the past couple of years I must have written about a half dozen blog posts questioning, challenging and even mocking City Hall’s actions involving the sidewalk in front of the 2nd Street Lofts in Deep Deuce. I predicted early on, before the arrival of an Aloft Hotel, an Urban Johnnie’s, a...

  • Cool Renovation Underway at 1116 N Robinson Avenue

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    A transformation is taking place in Midtown at 1116 N Robinson Avenue. The building, previously home to a prosthetics company and manufacturer, sold earlier this year to attorney Gary Homsey. People are applauding the quick removal of the awning that covered up the finer details of this Art Deco...

  • A Less Expensive Solution

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

    As I reported this weekend, the Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday will be asked to restore $30 million to the budget for the MAPS 3 convention center that was taken out when the project was located on the site of the former Fred Jones Ford dealership instead of where an OG&E substation is...



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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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