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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #60 on: March 28, 2012, 04:42:55 PM »
Downtown?? Awesome!!

Sounds like Massillon is following Kent's lead, with a small-town downtown pulling in a corporate HQ (or two) and building it with a traditional, pedestrian-friendly design!

http://www.indeonline.com/communities/massillon/x720909749/Shearers-move-to-city-delayed?photo=0
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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #61 on: March 29, 2012, 02:24:35 PM »
So long to Esber's.  I'm not old enough that I will miss this place.  It has been around since 1928 and must have had a great local reputation at one point.  It's still sad to see a local institution fail.... although, this one was in a pretty sad state.  Somewhere along that line it seems the passion died and the meal I had there was nothing worth returning for.  Anyway, I work next door and my employer bought the lot.  Standard Printing now owns nearly all of the property on that block, all the way from Cherry to Walnut.  The only two other buildings remaining are a body shop (that Standard owns) and a small church.

Esber's Restaurant demolished

CantonRep.com staff report
Posted Mar 29, 2012 @ 08:20 AM
Last update Mar 29, 2012 @ 02:15 PM

CANTON —
It took Eslich Wrecking about three hours Thursday to demolish the 84-year-old Esber’s Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge building.

Project Manager Rich Eslich said the demolition was smooth and easy, with no nearby utility poles to worry about.

http://www.cantonrep.com/newsnow/x760608133/Esbers-Restaurant-demolition-begins-today
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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #62 on: April 12, 2012, 04:43:55 PM »
New life possible for Stone Block building

MASSILLON —

The old Stone Block building at the northeast corner of Tremont Avenue and Erie Street S could play an integral role in the city’s creation of an arts district.

“The owner of the building wants to clean it up and put it back into reuse,” Massillon Chamber of Commerce President Robert Sanderson said. “He’s got a real interest in the arts. Between the old Stone Block and the building that is up against it, where the bicycle shop was, he’s looking to bring some artists in to lease space. It’s all conceptual right now.”

More: http://www.indeonline.com/communities/massillon/x876162933/New-life-possible-for-Stone-Block-building

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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #63 on: April 13, 2012, 02:20:13 PM »
Wow, talk about unrecognizable...compared with the old photo in the paper.  That is good news.

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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #64 on: April 13, 2012, 05:37:55 PM »
^Back in college, I wrote a paper on Massillon.  The building lost its mansard roof in a fire.

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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #65 on: April 24, 2012, 07:12:10 AM »
What's even more impressive is that its continuous caster will rise 180 feet above ground -- and 80 feet below ground! And this investment (like others) is more proof that major companies see the natgas boom as big and long-lasting....

Timken breaks ground on big expansion
By Katie Byard
Beacon Journal business writer

Published: April 23, 2012 - 01:30 PM | Updated: April 24, 2012 - 07:05 AM

PERRY TWP.: Timken Co. Chairman Ward J. “Tim” Timken Jr. recalled Monday that people thought the company was “a little bit nuts” to begin building the $450 million Faircrest steel plant in the early 1980s recession that gave the Rust Belt its name.

On Monday, 30 years later, the bearing and steel maker ceremoniously broke ground on a $225 million expansion to the Faircrest plant, south of Canton.

Timken’s steel business is thriving. The Canton company reported record overall sales in 2011 and is expecting higher sales and income for this year.

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http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/timken-breaks-ground-on-big-expansion-1.302373
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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #66 on: June 20, 2012, 04:50:57 PM »
Republic headquarters sells for $165,000

By Matthew Rink
IndeOnline.com staff writer
Posted Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:19 PM
Last update Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:26 PM

MASSILLON —

Republic Steel’s former world headquarters sold at auction for $165,000 to First Street Development on Tuesday, and a company official says plans for the building and possibly the separately owned 350-acre, now-defunct steel yard behind it could be unveiled in August.

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Eisenhut answered in the affirmative and without hesitation when asked if the plans would lead to significant economic development for the area. The project partially is tied to the oil-and-gas industry, but not entirely, he said. He said the company is interested in the adjoining steel yard that was not part of the auction. However, he would not provide details of the plan.

“It’s the location, not the building,” he said. “It’s the property and the location.”

More: http://www.indeonline.com/news/x448224972/Republic-headquarters-sells-for-165-000?zc_p=0

That last quote has me worried.  I like this building, even though it's somewhat isolated.  And, it sounds like they have plans to tear it down in the name of progress.

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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #67 on: June 25, 2012, 11:48:57 AM »
What's so special about this building?

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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #68 on: June 25, 2012, 12:49:59 PM »
^ Nothing.  I just like it.


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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #69 on: June 25, 2012, 02:22:04 PM »
^The property itself sits on the Tuscarawas River and has easy access to the State Rt. 21 and Rt. 30 interchange in Southwestern Stark County, so the location is a very good one for industrial/manufacturing use.

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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #70 on: June 25, 2012, 05:05:57 PM »
This building is of great historical significance as the Massillon office of Republic Steel Corp., once the 3rd largest steel company in the world. It was near here that the "Little Steel" strike of 1937 occurred where 3 workers were shot and killed by police after the company had expelled over 1000 workers because of union organizing activities. I grew up and worked there the summer after graduating from high school. Republic Steel once employed over 1/2 the entire workforce in the City of Massillon. (thank you Wikipedia!)

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« Reply #71 on: August 10, 2012, 07:14:28 PM »
I went out the other day and wasted some time downtown.  There are some new things happening that I hadn't noticed before.

The former downtown YMCA, soon to be torn down.

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The plywood in the Onesto is newish, at least there is a visible sign that something is going on.

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Another view, the YMCA is peeking over the top.

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There were some construction workers inside the Sten & Mann building. 

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AH!  These used to be covered with drop ceilings.

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My co-pilot:

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An artist set up shop in the Canton steam power plant.  Steve Coon owns this building.

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« Reply #72 on: August 10, 2012, 07:18:45 PM »
This building is looking great these days.  Someone did a nice job.

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The floor lights up underneath, it looks really cool.

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Another artist studio on Rex avenue

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Even better.... there was a full construction crew at the house next to mine today!

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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #73 on: August 12, 2012, 07:44:05 AM »
Thanks for the pics!  I've probably said this before, but even though I grew up in Stark County, we were a Massillon oriented family, and almost never went to Canton.

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« Reply #74 on: September 23, 2012, 05:12:17 PM »
The downtown YMCA is coming down soon.  I snapped a few farewell photos of it in the small Canton skyline.  Y'd ya have to go??


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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #75 on: September 23, 2012, 08:21:27 PM »
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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #76 on: September 24, 2012, 10:31:47 AM »
Is there something going in place of this building?

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« Reply #77 on: October 02, 2012, 11:32:49 AM »
Yes, a new YMCA will replace the one being torn down.  The new one is much smaller and more of a suburban design with parking lots surrounding it.

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« Reply #78 on: October 09, 2012, 11:42:28 AM »
North Canton finds buyer for vacant car dealership building

By Dottie McGrew
Special to the Beacon Journal
Published: October 8, 2012 - 11:51 PM

NORTH CANTON: The former Willis Motor Co. site on North Main Street will become the new home of the North Canton YMCA Child Care Center.

The YMCA of Central Stark County purchased the long-vacant site last week for an undisclosed amount, North Canton Y Director Ben Wheeler said.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local-news/north-canton-finds-buyer-for-vacant-car-dealership-building-1.340457

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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #79 on: October 12, 2012, 09:32:53 PM »
Yes, a new YMCA will replace the one being torn down.  The new one is much smaller and more of a suburban design with parking lots surrounding it.

Of course! While more cities are densifying, Ohio's cities are going in the opposite direction.
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« Reply #80 on: October 14, 2012, 09:38:44 PM »
I'm pretty bummed out about it KJP.  I do think that it's the right decision for the YMCA, I just wish it didn't involve tearing the old one down.

I took these today.  Notice the construction vehicle up on the top floor.

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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #81 on: October 14, 2012, 09:57:25 PM »
That is really too bad. Thanks for the pics, though.

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« Reply #82 on: October 15, 2012, 06:45:09 AM »
How did they get that bobcat up there?

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« Reply #83 on: October 15, 2012, 07:16:24 AM »
How did they get that bobcat up there?

Ha, I have no idea.... maybe a crane?  I wouldn't want to drive that around up on the destroyed 9th floor.

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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #84 on: November 16, 2012, 09:01:51 AM »
Yeah, it's a pretty nice building.... except for the nasty appendage that was added later; "Bliss tower".  That back portion did not have a tower on it when the hotel was originally built, I believe it's the ballroom.

I toured the building about 2 years ago, after the asbestos abatement.  The upper floors were mostly empty.  The old elevator is still operational and was pretty cool to use.  There is a restaurant / bar called the Conestoga that has reopened on the ground floor recently.  It's a really nice bar with all of the original charm and great wooden details.  It's pretty surprising to me that the building still has so much of it's original features.

Has there been any update on the Onesto? I know that they have been working on it in pieces for a while, but I have heard very little about their progress.

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Re: Canton-Massillon: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #85 on: November 16, 2012, 10:38:56 AM »
We need some updated YMCA demo pics as well.

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« Reply #86 on: November 16, 2012, 11:06:14 PM »
Yeah, it's a pretty nice building.... except for the nasty appendage that was added later; "Bliss tower".  That back portion did not have a tower on it when the hotel was originally built, I believe it's the ballroom.

I toured the building about 2 years ago, after the asbestos abatement.  The upper floors were mostly empty.  The old elevator is still operational and was pretty cool to use.  There is a restaurant / bar called the Conestoga that has reopened on the ground floor recently.  It's a really nice bar with all of the original charm and great wooden details.  It's pretty surprising to me that the building still has so much of it's original features.

Has there been any update on the Onesto? I know that they have been working on it in pieces for a while, but I have heard very little about their progress.

The last update that I read about the Onesto was in a  section of the Canton repository called "boldface", on March 17.

Here is the full article:
http://www.cantonrep.com/news/business/x872943252/Bold-Face-Brownstone-vacancy-filled

And the snippet about the Onesto: 
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He (Steve Coon) said there also will be good news to share on the Onesto Hotel project in four or five weeks.

“We’re going to have life back downtown, and the Onesto’s going to bring it,” Coon said. “We’re going to be alive and well downtown. You watch.”

About that same time I noticed that a lot of the windows were being replaced with ply wood.  I never saw that "good news" and it's been a little more than 5 weeks.  I have a feeling it's all about financing....I hope it's on some sort of track.

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« Reply #87 on: November 18, 2012, 10:09:57 PM »
We need some updated YMCA demo pics as well.

I grabbed my camera and went back today.  It's gone, nothing but a small pile of rubble now.

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« Reply #88 on: November 28, 2012, 02:22:59 PM »
For a downtown that is trying to preserve its heritage and revitalize itself at the same time, it seems like such a major setback that the city gave the go-ahead to demo a building that contributed to its very modest skyline... only to replace it with a suburbanesque design that belongs on a generic strip mall outlot up in Belden Village. :roll:

Downtown Canton certainly benefits from having a YMCA, but it's too bad they couldn't have redeveloped the existing building for another use (offices, apartments, etc.) while building the new YMCA on one of the all too numerous parking lots nearby. Alas, shortsighted thinking and the car culture mentality prevails once again.
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« Reply #89 on: December 06, 2012, 10:59:27 AM »
New factory planned in Canton Township

By Nancy Molnar
Special to the Beacon Journal
Published: December 4, 2012 - 08:46 PM

The company needs to move because its current facility at 1600 Whipple Ave. SW is not large enough for the conveyors it builds, Canton Development Director Fonda Williams said.

AmbaFlex is expected to move its 17 employees to the new building.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local-news/new-factory-planned-in-canton-township-1.355327