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  • Festival of the Arts officials seek $1.5 million for relocation expenses in Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    A request for $1.5 million in tax increment financing to assist in relocating the Festival of the Arts to the park area surrounding the Civic Center Music Hall and City Hall won approval Tuesday from a review committee and is set for a vote next by the Oklahoma City Council.

  • Two downtown Oklahoma City buildings to be imploded Sunday morning

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    Sunday morning will present a tempting distraction for folks who might otherwise go to church as two buildings are set to be imploded to make way for a 27-story tower in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Civic Center - Then and Now

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    - Photo by Joseph Mills Photography Type in just the right key word in The Oklahoman's archives and a nice surprise might just pop up. And that's exactly what happened today when I was searching for recent aerial photos of the Civic Center park. The above photo, actually, was shared with me...

  • Will the Bricktown Urban Design Committee Overlook Possible Past Defiance?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    About a dozen years or so ago, dating back to when John Calhoun was the planner who coordinated the Bricktown Urban Design Committee, a parking lot at Joe Carter Avenue and Sheridan Avenue was written up for having a temporary shed instead of a permanent parking booth. The owner, Joey Chaif,...

  • Was There Ever a Sale Contract for First National Center?

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    What happened? There are so many twists and turns in the First National case that I imagine a lot of people are continuing to have questions about all of the claims and reports that took place over the past year. One particular question that tried to address this week, though it got lost in...

  • Analysis: A first-class property awaits right risk taker in Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Sep 6, 2015

    OKC Central: First National Center in Oklahoma City has at least three potential rival buyers and is likely to generate more interest now that is controlled by a court-appointed receiver.

  • Excitement brews over coffee-tea shop coming to Bricktown

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    The $18 million redevelopment of the 94-year-old, 70,000-square-foot building at 100 E Main in Oklahoma City is wrapping up this month, and Tapstone Energy is set to move into its offices this weekend.

  • Proposed Bricktown tower is "a real deal"

    By STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Unlike other properties in Bricktown, 202 E Sheridan Ave. has not had any inflated sale flips that usually make such developments challenging in the entertainment district.

  • OKC Central chat transcript: Friday, Sept. 4

    Updated: Fri, Sep 4, 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. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • Retail Likely for Gold Dome - Grocery Stores Looking at Anchor Spot

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Jonathan Russell may be the owner that finally "gets it" when it comes to finding an adaptive re-use of the Gold Dome. The property has been besieged with owners who have either over-thought the building and sought to maintain the open central lobby and continue with office space (Dr. Irene...


Steve Lackmeyer

Business Reporter
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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