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  • Surprise facade surfaces on once doomed building at Uptown shopping center

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    A building once slated for demolition and considered one of Uptown’s worst eyesores has caught its owner and future tenants by surprise as they tore off green-painted brick from the front of the former nightclub and discovered an intact art deco cast stone original façade. The building at 2415...

  • Energy-related building projects set to begin as city approves jobs incentives for GE, Baker Hughes

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    The GE research center is expected to produce at least 128 jobs to Oklahoma City. Baker Hughes expects to create about 475 jobs.

  • Oklahoma City Council approves moving forward with NE 23 redevelopment study

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Plan could result in northeast Oklahoma City’s first new grocery store in more than 40 years.

  • Sculpture in Oklahoma City will honor life of John Belt

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Late attorney, singer, actor, community developer to be recognized with sculpture in OKC’s Paseo district.

  • Twitter or Facebook? Small businesses may be better off tweeting

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    Limits on viewership of Facebook posts frustrates local restauranteurs.

  • Grocery to anchor $20 million development in northeast Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    A $20 million redevelopment anchored by the first new grocery in decades for northeast Oklahoma City is set to be started later this year as Oklahoma City prepares for an aggressive makeover of the NE 23 corridor.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: New 21c Museum Hotel will spur redevelopment of other OKC buildings

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer and Louisville 21C Museum Hotel President Craig Greenberg took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma...

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, March 21, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    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 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat. NewsOK 9:28 a.m....

  • Special OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    Let’s have some fun today, shall we? I just completed an overnight stay at the flagship 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, as I prepare to delve into what Oklahoma City can expect when a museum hotel opens in the old Fred Jones Assembly plant.

  • Will Hider's Lens Captures Debut of Buick Sign Lighting

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    I’m not sure who’s scrambling more to keep up with everything that’s going on around downtown – David Morris, NewsOK’s incredibly talented video director, myself or Will Hider, a frequent OKC Central contributor and fellow member of Retro Metro OKC who is passionate about recording on...



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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 Devon), 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" and "Operation Scissortail" (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, WKY and KOKC, local Rotary and Lion’s clubs, and the 2010 National Main Streets Conference.
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