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  • Former Herman's Sea Food Restaurant Building at NW 16 and Classen Has New Ownership

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    The one time home of Herman’s Sea Food Restaurant, 1701 N Classen, has been bought by Dan Dill Companies, an operation led by Justin Dill. The Oklahoma County Assessor’s website shows Dan Dill Companies bought the building for $500,000 from Juana Martinez on Nov. 18 for $500,000. The building has...

  • Proposed Bricktown concert hall design undergoes overhaul

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Challenges by the Bricktown Design Review Committee — and the presence of a supportive banker — are being credited for an extensive redesign of a proposed Criterion concert hall that includes window openings, awnings, brick detailing and a grander marquee and entrance.

  • Financing proposal for towers development reveals intricacies of TIF district

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

    Whenever the topic of tax increment financing arises, I often encounter people who don’t have a thorough grasp of how this economic development tool works, or why it is used to spur investment in the urban core. Confusion and discussion is even more likely following the revelation by city...

  • Clayco gets chosen for Oklahoma City's Stage Center block, seeks unprecedented tax financing assistance

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    City officials choose Chicago-based Clayco to develop a $200 million, 25-story office tower and a $67.5, 26-floor apartment tower on city-owned land south of the former Stage Center.

  • Help bring some smiles to Oklahoma foster kids for Christmas

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Foster Wishes attempts to fill the gap by generating Christmas wish lists from children and foster families across the state, working hand in hand with the state Department of Human Services.

  • Downtown boulevard will alter travel, development in Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    With path settled, clues to the development of the area emerge.

  • New Towers to Require Requested Record Amount of Tax Increment Financing

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

      High-rise development proposed for city-owned property south of where Stage Center stood will include a request for a record-high amount of tax increment funding. The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is expected to decide Monday whether to name either Indianapolis-based Milhaus or...

  • A Personal Request - Make this Christmas Special

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    At this moment, there are more than 12,000 children in Oklahoma’s foster care system. They are kids who have endured ugliness in their homes, separated from parents they love, no matter how flawed those parents might be, and they’re often facing the uncertainty of whether those families will be...

  • Special OKC Central All-Stars Edition chat transcript, Nov. 20, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during a special OKC Central Live Chat Thursday. You can join Steve's regular 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...

  • Special OKC Central Live Chat All-Stars Edition at 1:30 p.m. today

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Today, I am with a who’s who in the development and planning community on a bus headed toward San Antonio hosted by the Urban Land Institute. We’ve got a long bus ride. The bus has electric outlets and free wi-fi. And we can talk to each other for so long. There will be live tweeting on this...



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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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