Lackmeyer live chat recap: Readers ask about senior living, entertainment
The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join the conversation most Fridays at 9:30 a.m. to discuss ongoing developments around Oklahoma City.
Do you think that with the new council policy regarding historic properties and the lack of buyers for the egg church that the building is now destined for demolition just to get the property sold? Your paper announced that they are moving out of it soon which will leave a vacant building on a huge piece of valuable land.
Carla Hinton broke that story and yeah, it's not looking good. I don't know how it gets saved now.
Why isn't anyone investing in senior living in the core? I have lived in the center of the city most of my life and would love to sell my house and go into a senior living development, but I do not want to live in Edmond, Yukon, Moore, etc. I would love to be able to stay in the midtown or uptown area where I could walk to appointments, stores, restaurants, etc.
People have been talking about it, and we do have quite a bit of senior affordable housing coming in.
But the market rate housing, places like Epworth Villa, etc., seems to be elusive. I agree, such housing would do very well in core areas like Midtown and Automobile Alley along streetcar routes.
What are thoughts on the success of the Tower Theatre, Jones Assembly, Criterion and the other live music venue announced last week? Have we peaked or is the live music scene getting better and better?
The Tower Theatre has been on a hot streak since it was taken over by Stephen Tyler and Chad Whitehead. The Jones Assembly opened strong and stays strong. The Criterion stumbled at first, but is doing a lot better with a new mix of promoters. Tyler and Whitehead are set to open the new 500-person live music venue Beer City at NW 2 and Klein when it opens in a year, and we still have a question of how many concerts will play at Scissortail Park where Kings of Leon drew 28,000 last week.
I'd say we're doing OK.
Will we ever have a streetcar extension?
I'd say it's looking pretty unlikely if it didn't come close to making the public presentation phase for MAPS 4.
For the benefit of myself and people unfamiliar with Commercial Real Estate terms, please define the classes of office space (Class A, B, etc.). Are these categories rigid, or can they be interpreted differently by different people?
In general, the class designation refers to the age, condition, design and location of a property.
Leadership Square is an example, for the most part, of Class A office space. BancFirst Tower, prior to upcoming improvements, might just barely make it as Class B. First National, before it closed, was at best Class C.
The ultimate shots on this are called by the commercial real estate folks.
What will be the main purpose of the new convention center? Will it bring out-of-state groups? I think the design looks pretty cool.
The idea is to make Oklahoma City more competitive in attracting out-of-state conventions and trade shows that bring people into town where they spend money with restaurants, hotels and shops.
What other types of development do think we will see announced along Broadway from AA to NW 23rd? How quickly will we see that stretch develop? There has been lot of positive momentum recently.
Housing is pretty likely with a mix of retail.
I really do agree with the poster who suggested we need market rate senior housing in the core. Automobile Alley could be a great location with its proximity to the Oklahoma Health Center, the streetcar, restaurants, shops and entertainment.
When will the next phase of the Steelyard start? Any word on the old body works site? Please tell me the owner is scrapping the hotel plans? How about housing? Seems appropriate for the area.The second phase of the Steelyard, from what I recall, is still another year out. The Body Works site across from Bass Pro Shops is up for sale and Champ Patel has scrapped plans for three hotels on the site.