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  • Oklahoma City's Waterford Marriott rebrands overnight as Renaissance Hotel

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    The northwest Oklahoma City hotel's new name follows a $10 million renovation that started in July.

  • Apartment complex is proposed to replace blighted property in Oklahoma City's Midtown

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    A report to the Downtown Design Review Committee, which will hear the case on Thursday, indicates the existing building is structurally unsound, has black mold, rats and other infestation.

  • Can OKC's tech growth help economy during oil price plunge?

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    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, Jan. 15, 2016

    By Steve Lackmeyer, slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    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. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • Revised hotel designs disappoint Bricktown Urban Design Committee

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    Revised plans for a Marriott AC Hotel to be built in east Bricktown were criticized by an Oklahoma City planning committee displeased with the hotel chain’s decision to make the project look like its other properties.

  • Building blocks?: Towers come and go with ups and downs of energy industry

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Downtown Oklahoma City skyline has seen plans change several times throughout the years with with ups and downs of energy industry.

  • A Closer Look at Plans for First National

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    Today was a busy day that started with really bad news (the halting of development on OGE Energy Center) and good news (a sale contract signed for First National with people who are neither crazy, criminal or just idiots).  We also know the development team, led by Gary Brooks and Charlie...

  • OKC's First National Center could be in new tax increment district

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    The proposed new district recently passed through a significant review where it was recommended for Oklahoma City city council approval from a committee consisting of representatives of the county, local libraries, CareerTech, the city-county health department and city schools.

  • Tower plan loses energy: OGE Energy halts downtown OKC tower plans

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    OGE Energy Center is on hold, but OGE Energy Corp. CEO Sean Trauschke promised Monday the ambitious four-tower proposal that was to be built on the former home of Stage Center is far from dead.

  • Oklahoma City's First National Center has new owners

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    A team led by Oklahoma City developer Gary Brooks and Texas contractor and developer Charlie Nicholas have a signed contract with receiver Jim Parrack and U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot to buy the First National Center for $23 million.



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Steve Lackmeyer


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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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 (now 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."
Lackmeyer spent two years visiting Main Street communities around the state, documenting their preservation efforts and the return of commerce to the heart of the state’s small towns. This effort was recognized in 2007 with a “Friend of Main Street” award by the Oklahoma Main Street Center. That same year he also was honored with the B.H. Prasad Award given in recognition of his coverage of architecture by the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His coverage of downtown Oklahoma City was recognized with a first-time “Presidents Award” given to him in 2014 by Downtown OKC Inc.
Lackmeyer is author of five books about the city’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. In 2012 he authored a 1,500-word cover story about the history of development and architecture in Oklahoma City for the magazine Architectural Record.
Lackmeyer’s involvement with Retro Metro OKC began as a founding member and officer of the group, which started with organizational efforts in 2009 and an official launch in 2010. The group is a non-profit organization that has helped or organize displays on the history of city government, the city’s vintage restaurants and Bricktown. The organization’s key effort, however, is the scanning and display of privately owned photographs and materials. The website www.retrometrookc.com is home to thousands of such materials, including original video documentaries and videos of monthly speakers.
Steve is a frequent speaker on Oklahoma City development and history, with appearances on television stations OETA, KWTV, KFOR, KSBI, radio stations KTOK, KGOU, KOSU, WKY, KOKC and NPR, various newspapers including the New York Times and the Seattle Times, local Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs, the 2010 National Main Streets Conference and the 2013 Oklahoma Preservation Conference.
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