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What's next for the Oklahoma City streetcar?

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by Steve Lackmeyer Published: September 28, 2013

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions Friday during his weekly online chat. This is an edited transcript of that event.

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Q: If the streetcar does stay on schedule, what is the likely completion date for this first set of tracks?

A: The timetable calls for completion in 2017.

Q: Now that the streetcar has passed the city council, what is the next step?

A: Engineering must be done to ensure the route is feasible. This is also when we'll find out if the cost estimates are on target, what kind of system will be used, etc. (Councilmen) Ed Shadid and Pete White have pledged to cooperate on making the streetcar a success. I will note that with the route chosen, I don't see how (Councilwoman) Meg Salyer can be required to recuse herself again. So that kind of solidifies the council vote as it now stands.

Q: Are you aware of any developers actively trying to buy properties adjacent to the new park for housing, office or other?

A: Developers are looking at the area, but it's a bit early yet to be making deals.

Q: When will we know how much the Convention Center site is going to cost?

A: It shouldn't be much longer.

Q: Can you provide an update on future (downtown) towers? Are we still looking at three potential towers?

A: At this time, I am still tracking interest in a second tower. I won't rule out the possibility for a third tower, but we are in the midst of a lot of changes that make it difficult to say what is going to happen long-term.

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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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