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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: May 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm •  Published: May 17, 2013

Yes. The concrete subcontractor went broke shortly after the project started. The developer had to scramble to get the work done, this caused some project delays, and then he had to change some of the exterior design to get the timetable back on track. If you visit the job site today you will see it's once again a very active work site.

What are your thoughts on the new police station & courthouse plans?

Most people I talk to are very complimentary of the designs and note they incorporate a good balance between modern appearance and a nod to the area's Art Deco past. Yet concerns also continue about the police headquarters' lack of any interaction with Main Street and how that might hurt redevelopment of the corridor.

What have you heard recently on the timeline for the next phase of Project 180?

The next phase of Project 180 is set to begin later this year. Get ready for some pain - the reconstruction of Park Avenue is coming soon, and it won't be fun. Project 180 is not set to include a reconnection NE 3 and Dean A. McGee.

What's the latest on the Mosaic apartments for Deep Deuce?

We should see construction starting this summer.

Can you provide some insightful the timing for each of the new hotels planned for the downtown and Bricktown areas?

The site for the Holiday Inn Express is cleared and we should be seeing construction start up very, very soon. I expect we will see construction start on the Staybridge at Lincoln and Sheridan later this year. I'm fairly certain we will see construction start on a hotel in conjunction with the east Bricktown development by Gary Brooks and Andy Burnett, but it still may be another year or so for that to begin. The other hotels? I just don't know.

With the new Central Park going in, do you think Wheeler Park will be redeveloped or maybe sized down a little?

I suspect that Wheeler Park may enjoy a second life when it's all said and done.

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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