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Are you sure about renderings for the College of Education? I don't recall them ever releasing anything. Last I heard they were still working on the programming of the building (size of departments and even who would be in the building), then it got put on hold.
Any renderings of the new UofA law building over the tracks?
Quote from: KJP on March 20, 2012, 11:26:17 PMAny renderings of the new UofA law building over the tracks?No, and it's on hold indefinitely now. State pulled their funding, so they have to figure out where to get some $$$, looking at donors.here's a link to the feasibility study they did in which they determined to build a new building instead of remodeling the existing:http://www3.uakron.edu/bids/lawschoolcmdrawingss.ppt
Nice. An additional 10k students will put UA in the top tier of state universities in Ohio for enrollment. It also means the city will soon be dusting off some of its other older and nearly forgotten districts like Middlebury and South Main near Firestone's old HQ.
Quote from: NEOBuckeye on June 05, 2012, 10:37:16 AMNice. An additional 10k students will put UA in the top tier of state universities in Ohio for enrollment. It also means the city will soon be dusting off some of its other older and nearly forgotten districts like Middlebury and South Main near Firestone's old HQ.Diamonds in the rough!
For some reason, the folks at Akron Metro RTA believe that UofA's honchos don't want the trains or even improved bus transit. Are they right?
I went to school during the Muse era as well. I remember there was a front page article in the Buchtelite pondering a train connecting the campuses of UA and KSU. It was mainly reporting based on conversations the 2 University presidents had about the subject and whether that was a good thing or a bad thing. On one side it looked fairly doable. The track is there and not really being used. But the dark underlying factor as seen possibly from Columbus is it could see it then as a single merged state school with that linkage. I feel it was dropped from consideration at that point since neither president felt a merger was in their interest, shotgun or otherwise.
Two potential scenarios were identified for replacing the James A. Rhodes Arena. The first is to build the new arena in a consolidated athletics district near InfoCision Stadium. The second option is to partner with the city to attract appropriate funding to develop a new arena downtown, opposite the Akron Aeros baseball stadium on South Main Street.
The following ideas were discussed: 1. modify the name of the college to something like "UA – Summit College of Technology and Applied (or Professional) Studies." 2. examine the benefits of upgrading the college's status to that of a branch campus.The proposed name change would strengthen the college's identity to critical audiences, especially prospective students and local employers. A new name would better recognize the attributes of its programs, and it would differentiate the college through a better alignment with technical workforce needs. Further, a new name would emphasize the college's focus on work-sector degrees.The proposed status change to a branch campus would carry those attributes, plus it would: 1. align the University better with the University System of Ohio's reporting structure; and 2. strengthen the University's ability to serve students who need remedial work, at a lower cost.
surf: yanni's article suggested that a third site was also under consideration, but didn't say what it was.I think Spicer and downtown still have to be the two leading contenders, though, based on geography and existing infrastructure.As for the Arena District: There are two reasons to be concerned there. First, the Arena District is still quite vibrant, but Nationwide Arena itself has been struggling, largely due to the travails of the Blue Jackets. Second, looking at the entire Arena District, Nationwide Realty Investors spend massively more on that district than UA will have in its budget for a new basketball arena and associated spinoff development. Now, of course, hopefully UPA will attract a lot of spinoff development that will not be directly tied to the university, but Akron will not have the kind of control over that that NRI had over the development around Nationwide Arena (and, later, Huntington Park).
From the tone of the article, it sounds like Ted Curtis would be perfectly happy with the third option he proposed of renovating/adding space to the JAR. Purely from a utility and clustering standpoint for UA, it may well be the best option. However, given that the university is trying to stretch the boundaries of its campus and act as a force for community and economic development in Central Akron, I think UA would be missing a huge opportunity by passing on the other proposals that would better connect it to the surrounding community.
Personally, I like most the proposal to build a new arena adjacent to InfoCision Stadium on East Exchange and Spicer as I think it would not only keep a key facility within UA's athletics cluster, but it would also support the ongoing re-development of East Exchange and a key section of UA Park. surfohio, as you noted, Rt. 8 does seem to act as a barrier to growth beyond the Spicertown District into Middlebury though, but I think that could be addressed if the properties immediately east of the overpass were redeveloped into hotels, shops and restaurants. These would then draw people through the tunnel to the other half of East Exchange before and after games and possibly lead to further redevelopment into Middlebury.
That's easier said than done. The reason for that is that the truly massive buildings east of 8 on Exchange are not just warehouses. It's the main operational facility of Recycling Coordinators, a major metal byproducts recycling business with a much more national reach than many people realize. I don't see them moving anytime soon. In fact, if anything, they're likely to grow; that area is more set up for their kind of work (i.e., medium-heavy industrial) than UA's.
Saw they took down the 277 S Broadway building. Anybody know what is going on with that? Wasn't an interesting building but wasn't bad. And you could drive under it!