Last week, Steve Lackmeyer published a personal letter to Roger Webb and Scott Booker regarding the long-term location of ACM@UCO.
Today, Lackmeyer has another suggestion: The Lincoln Plaza Hotel, NW 45th and Lincoln.
Let’s begin with one point to make clear: nobody is suggesting that the Academy of Contemporary Music being launched by UCO in cooperation with the London-based academy should open anywhere but in Bricktown. It’s set to open next year in Bricktown’s Oklahoma Hardware Building. This discussion is about a permanent, long-time home for the school once it outgrows Bricktown, which is expected to happen.
Film Row is a popular target amongst downtown advocates. The competition? The empty Lincoln Plaza Hotel at NW 45th and Lincoln, shown above. The property is self-contained and is part of no community other than a sprawling state bureaucracy that fills up the remainder of the Lincoln Boulevard corridor.
The hotel, featuring 300+ rooms (dorms?) and 45,000 feet of conference space, currently sits empty. I believe The Lincoln Plaza Office Park, which includes the former location of Jimmy Johnson’s Three Rings Bar & Grill and houses many state offices, is separately owned.
I’ll point out again that Lackmeyer throws out hints from time to time in order to solicit public feedback. So, give your feedback.