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The Plaza District has a bright future but will have to deal with parking shortage

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.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: February 8, 2013 at 11:33 am •  Published: February 8, 2013

Downtown is keeping up with the growth. We have street capacity for thousands more vehicles per day than what is carried currently. New parking garages are being built by the city. A streetcar system is being designed. And ample room for expansion of downtown exists to the south and west (and also some to the north).

Do you know what the plans are or the old Penn theater?

I am tentatively set to talk to the owners next week.

Any news on the First National Building?

The property is, from what I can see, out of play and back in the hands of Aaron Yashouafar and the Neman brothers out of Los Angeles. Until I see otherwise, it appears to be a case of status quo.

The Packard building is going to house a restaurant and a salon, do you know of anything else in the works for that area of Midtown?

I'll be surprised if a restaurant doesn't open in the first floor of the remodeled Guardian Garage apartments with that great alley courtyard being built between it and the Packard.

Read the complete chat transcript here.

by 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...
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