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OKC Central Live Chat 10 a.m. Today

Things are going a bit crazy these days. Downtown/urban core development is hitting a pace we’ve not seen in a century. Yes, it’s that crazy. And if we were choose a soundtrack for this story, yeah, Fatboy Slim would be a good pick.

A few weeks ago during an OKC Central Live Chat I predicted that the following 60 days would be an amazing period for downtown. I’m sticking with that call, and I’ll remind you what’s already transpired this first month:

- The start of outside money coming in with Indianapolis-based Milhaus preparing to build 327 apartments, 4,500 square feet of retail and 455-space garage at NW  10 and Shartel.

- Catholic Charities announcing plans to build a modern new headquarters at NW 12 and Classen

- Midtown Renaissance announcing plans to build a modern, 43-unit apartment complex at 1201 N Francis.

- The Oklahoma Publishing Co. finalizing a deal to move its operations, including The Oklahoman, to the old Century Center.

- Midtown Renaissance moving forward with renovation of the Marion Hotel at Broadway and NW 10

- A cluster of new retailers opening up along Automobile Alley.

- Announcement of an impressive list tenants for The Rise on NW 23.

- Devon’s historic $6 billion purchase of holdings in Eagle Ford (this will have ramifications on downtown).

Yes, it’s true – these are all developments that were unknown to the public just a month ago. And there’s more… much, much more…

- Rainey Williams tower….

- What’s next for Tom Ward….

- Big plays throughout downtown for new housing ….

- The influx of outside money …

- The influx of national retailers …

- Major new downtown anchors…

And yeah, I expect much of this to go public this next month.

Live chat starts at the normal time today – 10 a.m. You can start posting comments and questions at 9:30 a.m. at the NewsOK business page. This will be my last chat for November.


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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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... Read more ›