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Re: Akron: East End Development
« Reply #30 on: January 09, 2016, 12:32:29 PM »
I guess Akron has to start somewhere. It would probably help a great deal if East End leads to efforts to redevelop a larger part of the East Market corridor back towards Downtown Akron, particularly through the woefully neglected "Middlebury Triangle" crossings of Arlington, East Exchange and East Market. That area during Akron's Rubber Industry heyday had department stores and functioned as a "Second Downtown" of sorts. Decades of disinvestment and blight have rendered it an afterthought, but East End seems to have the potential to lead to its resurrection.

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Re: Akron: East End Development
« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2016, 11:58:14 AM »
I guess Akron has to start somewhere. It would probably help a great deal if East End leads to efforts to redevelop a larger part of the East Market corridor back towards Downtown Akron, particularly through the woefully neglected "Middlebury Triangle" crossings of Arlington, East Exchange and East Market. That area during Akron's Rubber Industry heyday had department stores and functioned as a "Second Downtown" of sorts. Decades of disinvestment and blight have rendered it an afterthought, but East End seems to have the potential to lead to its resurrection.
That reminds me there is a supermarket right there on Exchange. That isn't far at all from this project.

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Re: Akron: East End Development
« Reply #32 on: January 11, 2016, 02:31:35 PM »
I guess Akron has to start somewhere. It would probably help a great deal if East End leads to efforts to redevelop a larger part of the East Market corridor back towards Downtown Akron, particularly through the woefully neglected "Middlebury Triangle" crossings of Arlington, East Exchange and East Market. That area during Akron's Rubber Industry heyday had department stores and functioned as a "Second Downtown" of sorts. Decades of disinvestment and blight have rendered it an afterthought, but East End seems to have the potential to lead to its resurrection.
That reminds me there is a supermarket right there on Exchange. That isn't far at all from this project.

True, I guess Middlebury / Dave's Market is not that far from these apartments.

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« Reply #33 on: January 11, 2016, 08:51:20 PM »
^It really isn't. Between East End now and Dave's, the Middlebury area seems to have two solid anchors to support additional redevelopment within this particular part of Akron. Granted, it would be helpful if the two were a little closer together for starters, but I could still very easily see the city targeting this particular corridor for redevelopment and reinvestment.

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« Reply #34 on: January 17, 2016, 11:42:13 AM »
It'll be interesting to see how the city handles the streetscape changes with this development. I think they are widening sidewalks and adding some street parking and then eliminating traffic lanes along with that. I'm curious if that'll just apply to Market there starting at Goodyear Blvd or how far up Market it'll stretch.

I think Market and/or Exchange from this area straight through Middlebury to the UA campus could be prime for some type of street level change. They are still busy roads but certainly not as heavily traveled as they used to be.
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« Reply #35 on: March 15, 2016, 09:38:04 AM »
Two new concert venues coming to Akron's East End complex
March 15, 2016 Updated 19 minutes ago
By Sue Walton

The former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. headquarters on East Market Street will even see more life soon as two new concert venues are set to debut there.

Goodyear Theater, with a seating capacity of 1,458, will open Wednesday, April 12, according to a March 15 news release. The other venue is Goodyear Hall with a capacity of 3,500. The release did not specify an opening for the hall.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20160315/NEWS/160319885/two-new-concert-venues-coming-to-akrons-east-end-complex#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccl-akronbreaking&utm_campaign=ccl-akronbreaking-20160315

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Re: Akron: East End Development
« Reply #36 on: March 15, 2016, 03:22:09 PM »
Two new concert venues coming to Akron's East End complex
March 15, 2016 Updated 19 minutes ago
By Sue Walton

The former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. headquarters on East Market Street will even see more life soon as two new concert venues are set to debut there.

Goodyear Theater, with a seating capacity of 1,458, will open Wednesday, April 12, according to a March 15 news release. The other venue is Goodyear Hall with a capacity of 3,500. The release did not specify an opening for the hall.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20160315/NEWS/160319885/two-new-concert-venues-coming-to-akrons-east-end-complex#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccl-akronbreaking&utm_campaign=ccl-akronbreaking-20160315

I wonder how this will affect the Akron Civic Theater's bookings.

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« Reply #37 on: March 18, 2016, 09:07:00 AM »
There's givething and takething away ... remember that EJ Thomas dramatically reduced its public availability due to UA's budget crisis.  That said, I'm surprised that any developer identified a market for two new concert venues in the East End, regardless of what happened at EJT.

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« Reply #38 on: March 18, 2016, 11:28:32 AM »
These seem rather large, but in general I think it's hard to go wrong with concert venues.  Akron has a rich musical history and might want to promote that more.

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« Reply #39 on: March 21, 2016, 09:22:52 PM »
Sounds like a key part of the (re-)development strategy for East End. Two brand new concert venues (hopefully) draw in people, who in turn attract more entertainment venues--bars, restaurants, etc., which then draw in more people, and so on.

Probably doesn't hurt either that the Hilton Garden Inn provides the district with a legitimate nearby hotel and place for concertgoers to crash.

I do wonder as well though, how much these will compete with and take away business from the Civic Theater, which has been barely staying afloat for years while competing with EJ Thomas for events, at least up until recently. Unfortunately, Akron just doesn't seem to be the sort of place these days that can support multiple large concert venues, particularly with Cleveland being so relatively close.

Not that East End itself is a bad concept overall, but the city doesn't so much need two more indoor stages for touring performers as much as it could benefit from simply having a few more vibrant "go-to" districts in addition to Downtown and Highland Square, places with a more or less organic mix of restaurants, shops, and outdoor public space, as well as unique attractions.

Honestly, they'd probably be better off renting out the old Goodyear Hall Gymnasium to Akron Public Schools and surrounding school districts for high school basketball games. East High/CLC in particular could desperately use a bigger main gym that seats more than 500 people for games and other events. Several area suburban high schools have practice facilities that are less cramped.

Meanwhile, maybe they could use the Goodyear Theater for screening movies.

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« Reply #40 on: March 22, 2016, 02:57:57 AM »
^ I wondered already and am still wondering how the Civic will fare. There was a plan floated a few years ago to fix up the buildings around the Civic. Wonder what happened?  Also Akron leaders recently returned from a visit to Greenville, SC to learn from that city's renaissance. I wonder what Akron's leaders learned and what they are doing about it.

Two new concert venues coming to Akron's East End complex
March 15, 2016 Updated 19 minutes ago
By Sue Walton

The former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. headquarters on East Market Street will even see more life soon as two new concert venues are set to debut there.

Goodyear Theater, with a seating capacity of 1,458, will open Wednesday, April 12, according to a March 15 news release. The other venue is Goodyear Hall with a capacity of 3,500. The release did not specify an opening for the hall.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20160315/NEWS/160319885/two-new-concert-venues-coming-to-akrons-east-end-complex#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccl-akronbreaking&utm_campaign=ccl-akronbreaking-20160315

I wonder how this will affect the Akron Civic Theater's bookings.

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Re: Akron: East End Development
« Reply #41 on: March 23, 2016, 01:01:52 PM »
The Civic is doing fine now. They hired a national company a couple years ago to do bookings which in-turn brought national acts to the venue. Before they did everything in house.
The Landmark Block, as it is known, around the Civic has been under developer control since before the market crash. I had heard that it was up for option at the end of last year, but I think the developer renewed it. This is all hearsay, so I'm not sure what actually is happening.
The Chamber trips to other cities seem to have little impact on "change" in our community. At least from what I see. A group visited Milwaukee two years ago. I'm not sure what ever came of that.
The Knight Foundation however has sponsored some trips, more aimed at young professionals, and they have actually had some community impact. Among other initiatives, Akron2Akron was created which are guided tours of Akron's neighborhoods that are open to the public.

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« Reply #42 on: April 02, 2016, 06:50:24 PM »

Honestly, they'd probably be better off renting out the old Goodyear Hall Gymnasium to Akron Public Schools and surrounding school districts for high school basketball games. East High/CLC in particular could desperately use a bigger main gym that seats more than 500 people for games and other events. Several area suburban high schools have practice facilities that are less cramped.

No basketball but the old gym has been hosting volleyball and futsal (indoor soccer) and they seem to have it filled up pretty good. Weeknight leagues and weekend tournaments seem to keep it pretty packed.

Also, construction has started on East Market to do the streetscape changes. E Market from clock tower down to around Hilton down to 2 lanes.

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« Reply #43 on: April 03, 2016, 11:19:16 AM »
There's givething and takething away ... remember that EJ Thomas dramatically reduced its public availability due to UA's budget crisis.  That said, I'm surprised that any developer identified a market for two new concert venues in the East End, regardless of what happened at EJT.

It's a "growth industry" in a lot of cities, Musica is pretty successful but a little dated now, and EJT/UA is a disaster even though Akron actually has great demographics for entertainment. OKC has gone from having no respectable live music venue besides the symphony hall, to 6 awesome ones under development right now. Austin opens a new music hall every other year.

I could see this working and being a huge success here. Worst case it will be great for the first few years and really establish the East End, and 15 years from now people will say "Yeah do you remember that concert hall at Goodyear? They used to get pretty decent shows back then.."

Yet another Akron project that other mid-sized Midwestern cities would kill for...

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« Reply #44 on: April 24, 2016, 03:50:25 PM »
Concerts start this week.


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« Reply #46 on: October 17, 2016, 12:04:19 PM »
E Market in this area has been under construction adding the street parking for awhile. Looks like it is close. Arches over road as seen below going in this week.

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« Reply #47 on: October 18, 2016, 09:40:39 AM »
Cool! Yes, that area has been a mess all Summer.

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« Reply #48 on: November 06, 2016, 01:09:07 AM »
Love the arches! But I also wonder if there is any sort of historical significance/precedent for them along that stretch of East Market? Or were they perhaps inspired by the stretch of High Street in Columbus's Short North district?

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« Reply #49 on: November 06, 2016, 08:03:38 AM »
Love the arches! But I also wonder if there is any sort of historical significance/precedent for them along that stretch of East Market? Or were they perhaps inspired by the stretch of High Street in Columbus's Short North district?

Good question. For what it's worth it was an Akron company that installed the High Street arches.

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« Reply #50 on: November 21, 2016, 10:34:00 AM »
Streetscape improvements in East Akron completed in seven months
By Marilyn Miller
 Published: November 18, 2016 - 09:14 PM

The city of Akronís $5.5 million streetscape improvements project at the east end of East Market Street is complete.

The redevelopment project, which began in April, showcases a main thoroughfare and centerpiece corridor at the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. headquarters, now known as East End.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/streetscape-improvements-in-east-akron-completed-in-seven-months-1.728283#

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« Reply #51 on: November 23, 2016, 09:11:18 AM »
Between the East End portion and the building they are tearing down at the corner of Market and Case, traffic has been an absolute mess. Starting to look great though. Curious what retailers go into the building.

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Re: Akron: East End: Development and News
« Reply #54 on: March 23, 2017, 10:21:54 AM »
Summa moving HQ.
http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/03/summacare_to_move_operations_t.html
Wow, kind of a big hit for Downtown.
Main Street north of Market really seems kind of dead (more-so than normal) with the 59 project and this move certainly only contributes more. I think this is very big for the East End though. This could become what many though the North Side Lofts were going to be for Akron. With Summa heading into that complex, I think retail isn't far behind.

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I'm extremely interested to see what initiatives Akron takes to link Downtown with this area. Heard a presentation from Downtown Akron Partnership a couple weeks ago discussing upcoming Main Street project and Route 59 project and how that'll help link neighborhoods on the other side of 59 to Downtown.

Route 8 isn't going anywhere and that'll act as a bit of a divider between Middlebury Neighborhood/East End vs Campus/Downtown but improvements to Market and Exchange could really help fuse together both areas and really benefit the whole city.

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« Reply #55 on: March 24, 2017, 10:15:28 AM »
Basically the three corners of Main & Market will be vacant in the coming months.

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« Reply #56 on: March 27, 2017, 08:43:00 AM »
Basically the three corners of Main & Market will be vacant in the coming months.

Plenty of workers in the block immediately South on Main. The biggest issue I've seen is that those workers are much more likely to head toward Main/Exchange than Main/Market because there isn't really reason to be at that Market intersection. You've got Musica/Uncorked and a couple other places a block up but those really don't have the draw of a lot of those food places down towards Exchange.

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« Reply #57 on: March 28, 2017, 02:33:56 PM »
Basically the three corners of Main & Market will be vacant in the coming months.

Plenty of workers in the block immediately South on Main. The biggest issue I've seen is that those workers are much more likely to head toward Main/Exchange than Main/Market because there isn't really reason to be at that Market intersection. You've got Musica/Uncorked and a couple other places a block up but those really don't have the draw of a lot of those food places down towards Exchange.

Right, but I'm not just talking about foot traffic, I mean a lot of downtown employees relocated to which there has been no replacement.

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« Reply #58 on: May 02, 2017, 02:49:59 PM »
Development Continues at Steady Pace on East Side
Things continue to move along at East End (former Goodyear Headquarters & Factory) on East Market and the surrounding area. Apartments in Goodyear Hall almost completely rented out, and business is booming at the Hilton Garden Inn. The hotelís bar and restaurant has also proven to be a favorite meeting place, not only for guests and Goodyear visitors, but also for Eastsiders. The 2 concert venues are doing well, and IRG says construction may begin soon on a 3-unit retail building across from the hotel that will include a Starbucks w/drive-thru.

Summa Health is moving a couple hundred employees into the renovated Goodyear Offices across Market Street, which hopefully will be the first of many businesses going in here. The street improvements on Market, with the East End sign arches, street parking and bike lanes look great as well.

This, combined with the massive expansion of the car dealerships further East, have transformed the area between Market Street and Goodyear Boulevard into something very campus-like. Hopefully, IRG and the City will be able to preserve and find new uses for the old Goodyear Junior High School and the former YMCA. Further up the Boulevard, the effort has begun to get Goodyear Heights listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the local neighborhood organization has a new website promoting the areaís historic character, affordable housing and encouraging future investment.

Itís taken a while, but hopefully this area of town will regain much of its former vitality, and some of these new efforts can take advantage of its easy accessibility from I-76, which is a real advantage.

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« Reply #59 on: May 02, 2017, 04:20:12 PM »
Development Continues at Steady Pace on East Side
Things continue to move along at East End (former Goodyear Headquarters & Factory) on East Market and the surrounding area. Apartments in Goodyear Hall almost completely rented out, and business is booming at the Hilton Garden Inn. The hotelís bar and restaurant has also proven to be a favorite meeting place, not only for guests and Goodyear visitors, but also for Eastsiders. The 2 concert venues are doing well, and IRG says construction may begin soon on a 3-unit retail building across from the hotel that will include a Starbucks w/drive-thru.

Summa Health is moving a couple hundred employees into the renovated Goodyear Offices across Market Street, which hopefully will be the first of many businesses going in here. The street improvements on Market, with the East End sign arches, street parking and bike lanes look great as well.

This, combined with the massive expansion of the car dealerships further East, have transformed the area between Market Street and Goodyear Boulevard into something very campus-like. Hopefully, IRG and the City will be able to preserve and find new uses for the old Goodyear Junior High School and the former YMCA. Further up the Boulevard, the effort has begun to get Goodyear Heights listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the local neighborhood organization has a new website promoting the areaís historic character, affordable housing and encouraging future investment.

Itís taken a while, but hopefully this area of town will regain much of its former vitality, and some of these new efforts can take advantage of its easy accessibility from I-76, which is a real advantage.

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