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  • Remodeling Set for 16th Street Plaza Shopping Center

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Steve Mason isn’t wasting much time improving the Plaza Shopping Center he recently purchased along NW 16th just east of Indiana Avenue.  As I reported in May, the building is the largest in the district – 27,000 square feet. Steve reports he is remodeling the 9,500-square-foot space that...

  • Most tenants stick with The Rise as redevelopment suffers through more delays in Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The Rise shopping center in Uptown is losing two tenants and is now set to open later this year.

  • Colcord Hotel and Flint, Vast restaurants in Oklahoma City get new operators

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Changes could be coming at Vast, the upscale restaurant on the 49th and 50th floors of Devon Energy Center.

  • Unaddressed flaws, details don't equal failings by city hall, Downtown Oklahoma City Inc.

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Officials at city hall, Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. say they’re just as eager to get such flaws as missing bricks in the sidewalks, crumbling concrete in the crosswalks and a loss of the lighting along the Bricktown Canal addressed.

  • Changes at the Colcord Hotel, Flint and Vast

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

                  Paul Coury is returning as operator of the Colcord Hotel and is teaming up with Kurt Fleischfresser, chef and owner of The Coach House, who will oversee restaurant operations. Coury is no stranger to the Colcord – he bought the century-old office...

  • Sycamore Square in downtown Oklahoma City halts conversion of two-bedroom apartments

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    Downtown Oklahoma City apartment complex Sycamore Square will keep two-bedroom units after its ownership group confronted surprise costs.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: Big developments in the works for Film Row

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 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 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, Aug. 8, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 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 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Something You Didn't Know About the Stage Center Development

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority formerly issued a request for development proposals for the property south of Stage Center. The request has no real surprises. As I first reported last month, Urban Renewal director Cathy O’Connor put out the request after inquiries expressed by...

  • OKC Central Live Chat 10:30 a.m. Friday

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    OKC Central Live Chat is at the normal time Friday. Comments and questions can be posted starting at 10 a.m. at NewsOK, the discussion starts at 10:30 a.m.



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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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