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Re: Akron: Downtown: Development and News
« Reply #60 on: March 30, 2017, 01:47:17 PM »
Breaking New Ground – Hospital Expansion Officially Begins
March 9, 2017 by Kathy Johnson

Today, employees, hospital and business leaders, patient families and community dignitaries gathered under sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures for the official groundbreaking of our Considine Professional Building’s expansion.

“As an independent, freestanding children’s hospital we are 100% focused on children and families,” said Bill Considine, president and chief executive officer. “We view every project we do through the eyes of a child and the Considine expansion is no exception.”

http://inside.akronchildrens.org/2017/03/09/breaking-new-ground-hospital-expansion-officially-begins/




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« Reply #61 on: March 30, 2017, 02:18:08 PM »
Six stories is a "tower"?

Summa Health unveils renderings for new $350 million patient tower
By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com
on March 30, 2017 at 11:21 AM, updated March 30, 2017 at 11:22 AM

AKRON, Ohio -- Summa Health today revealed renderings for its 300,000-square-foot West Tower, which will serve as the new front door to the Summa Akron Campus.

A groundbreaking is planned for May, with construction expected to be completed in spring 2019.

The centerpiece of the $350 million project is the six-story patient tower designed by Akron-based Hasenstab Architects and Cleveland firm Perspectus Architecture.

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http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/03/summa_health_unveils_rendering.html
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Re: Akron: Downtown: Development and News
« Reply #62 on: March 30, 2017, 07:23:12 PM »
For Akron, apparently yes.

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« Reply #63 on: March 31, 2017, 07:02:15 AM »
It's also "Modern architecture"....

Modern architecture: Summa reveals what its new, six-story tower will look like
By Amanda Garrett
Published: March 30, 2017 - 06:04 PM

Summa Health on Thursday unveiled architects’ renderings of its new front door — a modern-looking, curved, six-story tower that will redefine its main campus in Akron.

The 300,000-square-foot building — which Summa calls its West Tower — will be the centerpiece of the health system’s $350 million facilities plan announced a year ago.

http://www.ohio.com/business/modern-architecture-summa-reveals-what-its-new-six-story-tower-will-look-like-1.757255#

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Re: Akron: Downtown: Development and News
« Reply #64 on: April 01, 2017, 12:14:54 PM »
Downtown Akron church building sold after seven years on market; Burning Bush congregation will relocate to High Street property
By Katie Byard
Published: March 31, 2017 - 07:04 PM

Fernandez, with NAI Cummins, said that in addition to the group that proposed tearing the High Street building down to make way for a hotel, the building had been looked at by other churches, as well as a local developer who considered putting a medical facility on the site.

The plan to tear down High Street Church for a hotel was revealed at a news conference in July 2013. Local investors and officials with Amerimar Realty of Philadelphia said they had teamed up to bring a 160-room hotel to the site near the John S. Knight convention center. But the project fell apart after Amerimar dropped out.

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/downtown-akron-church-building-sold-after-seven-years-on-market-burning-bush-congregation-will-relocate-to-high-street-property-1.757579

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« Reply #65 on: April 05, 2017, 07:53:20 AM »
Akron to transform shipping containers into a village of tiny houses for traveling artists
By Doug Livingston
Published: April 4, 2017 - 02:27 PM

The first of many transient artists could move into shipping containers in a wooded lot near downtown Akron this summer.

Akron Soul Train, a proposed village of tiny homes for traveling artists, is moving full-steam ahead. The project secured $150,000 from the Knight Arts Challenge last year.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/akron-to-transform-shipping-containers-into-a-village-of-tiny-houses-for-traveling-artists-1.758208#

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« Reply #66 on: April 10, 2017, 08:57:58 AM »
Filling up downtown Akron's storefronts
'Pop-up' program aiding small businesses
April 09, 2017
By BETH THOMAS HERTZ

As Akron pushes to create more walkable neighborhoods to help lure more residents downtown, one aspect of the plan, filling vacant storefronts, is seeing success.

A program that began in 2015 to fill vacant storefronts in downtown Akron by helping local entrepreneurs get on their feet has launched three businesses in recent weeks, bringing the program's total to 13 — and all but one are still operational.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170409/NEWS/170409851/filling-up-downtown-akrons-storefronts

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« Reply #67 on: April 10, 2017, 09:06:25 AM »
Filling up downtown Akron's storefronts
'Pop-up' program aiding small businesses
April 09, 2017
By BETH THOMAS HERTZ

As Akron pushes to create more walkable neighborhoods to help lure more residents downtown, one aspect of the plan, filling vacant storefronts, is seeing success.

A program that began in 2015 to fill vacant storefronts in downtown Akron by helping local entrepreneurs get on their feet has launched three businesses in recent weeks, bringing the program's total to 13 — and all but one are still operational.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170409/NEWS/170409851/filling-up-downtown-akrons-storefronts

Dayton has had a similar program for a while and it is quite successful.  Some of the newbie beloved Dayton-area products have started in those vacant storefronts like Fronana and De'Lish Cafe.  I think all cities should have this sort of program, to be honest.
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« Reply #68 on: April 18, 2017, 08:03:51 AM »
Filling up downtown Akron's storefronts
'Pop-up' program aiding small businesses
April 09, 2017
By BETH THOMAS HERTZ

As Akron pushes to create more walkable neighborhoods to help lure more residents downtown, one aspect of the plan, filling vacant storefronts, is seeing success.

A program that began in 2015 to fill vacant storefronts in downtown Akron by helping local entrepreneurs get on their feet has launched three businesses in recent weeks, bringing the program's total to 13 — and all but one are still operational.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170409/NEWS/170409851/filling-up-downtown-akrons-storefronts

Dayton has had a similar program for a while and it is quite successful.  Some of the newbie beloved Dayton-area products have started in those vacant storefronts like Fronana and De'Lish Cafe.  I think all cities should have this sort of program, to be honest.

Yes, I hope there is continued success with the program.

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« Reply #69 on: April 18, 2017, 09:57:25 AM »
Great move for Akron, glad it's seeing so much success!  I've read of similar successes in Pittsburgh and Philly.  In my eyes this is the best bang-for-buck a city can get from any direct investment.

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« Reply #70 on: April 20, 2017, 08:51:55 AM »
Community college president makes the case for Stark State’s fit in Akron
By Doug Livingston
Published: April 19, 2017 - 06:11 PM | Updated: April 20, 2017 - 08:07 AM

By the numbers, cheap college makes sense in Akron, where Stark State is making room for 5,000 students when its $14 million campus opens on Perkins Street in the fall of 2018.

Federal grants for some low-income residents — of which there are plenty in Akron — cover nearly half the annual cost of the commuter college’s two-year degree and job certificates. Stark State “aggressively” steers students away from debt. Less than half of students at most community colleges, including 43 percent at Stark State, take out federal loans.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/community-college-president-makes-the-case-for-stark-state-s-fit-in-akron-1.761588

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« Reply #71 on: May 01, 2017, 02:21:07 PM »
Akron Main St to be Revitalized Thanks to Federal Grant
Author Mark Urycki
Published April 27, 2017

Downtown Akron is going through a traffic revolution.   Some long-time plans and brand new ideas are all coming to fruition at the same time.

The 6 lane freeway that runs through the downtown is quiet now.   The Innerbelt was closed this year after just 30 years in operation.  It’s being replaced with slower boulevards.

http://www.ideastream.org/news/akron-main-st-to-be-revitalized-thanks-to-federal-grant



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« Reply #72 on: May 02, 2017, 09:22:58 AM »
Akron's Bowery project at Lock 4 plans grocery store for historic Landmark Building
on May 01, 2017 at 3:05 PM, updated May 01, 2017 at 3:52 PM
By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

AKRON, Ohio - A grocery store is slated for downtown Akron, as part of the $33 million Bowery redevelopment project.

"A fresh food producer is critical for the success of this project," said Beth Borda, vice president of development for DeHoff Development Co. "It's going to be one of our main goals."

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/05/akrons_bowery_project_at_lock.html#incart_river_index

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« Reply #73 on: May 16, 2017, 08:01:29 AM »



SummaCare Center in downtown Akron hits the market for lease or sale as insurer plans move
By Michelle Jarboe, The Plain Dealer
on May 15, 2017 at 10:35 AM, updated May 15, 2017 at 11:17 AM

KRON, Ohio -- With SummaCare set to move its headquarters from downtown Akron to the East End project later this year, the insurance company's longtime landlord is trying to find takers for 90,000 square feet of offices in the central business district.

Signet LLC, which owns the five-story SummaCare Center building at 10 N. Main St., has started marketing the 16-year-old property for lease or sale. SummaCare is the sole office tenant in the building, which also has street-level storefronts occupied by Subway and Einstein Bros. Bagels.

http://realestate.cleveland.com/realestate-news/2017/05/summacare_center_in_downtown_a_1.html#incart_2box_business




Summa breaks ground on new patient tower
by CRAIN'S AKRON BUSINESS
May 15, 2017 Updated 3 hours ago

AKRON, Ohio -- With SummaCare set to move its headquarters from downtown Akron to the East End project later this year, the insurance company's longtime landlord is trying to find takers for 90,000 square feet of offices in the central business district.

Signet LLC, which owns the five-story SummaCare Center building at 10 N. Main St., has started marketing the 16-year-old property for lease or sale. SummaCare is the sole office tenant in the building, which also has street-level storefronts occupied by Subway and Einstein Bros. Bagels

http://realestate.cleveland.com/realestate-news/2017/05/summacare_center_in_downtown_a_1.html#incart_2box_business

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« Reply #74 on: June 26, 2017, 02:04:41 PM »
Are there too many Akron-area hotels?
By Jim Mackinnon
Published: June 25, 2017 - 10:37 PM | Updated: June 26, 2017 - 01:14 PM

The City Center site will be renovated into 106 one- and two-bedroom apartments on its upper levels. Apartments will rent from $900 a month for the singles to $1,200 for the doubles. The still-unnamed 84-room hotel will be on the first four floors, Testa said.

The hotel and apartments are being designed with millennials in mind, Testa said.

The project also will involve changes in and around Cascade Plaza to make it easier to get in and out of the property and to make it more attractive, Testa said. Construction work inside and outside the hotel should start within the next couple of months and lead to an opening in either late summer or early fall 2018, he said.

http://www.ohio.com/business/are-there-too-many-akron-area-hotels-1.776685#

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« Reply #75 on: June 27, 2017, 10:57:56 AM »
"Whenever a headline asks a question, always stop to consider the strong possibility that the answer is no."

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« Reply #76 on: June 27, 2017, 11:32:04 AM »
"Whenever a headline asks a question, always stop to consider the strong possibility that the answer is no."

Also that you could be clicking through about 29 different screens to find the "answer."

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« Reply #77 on: June 27, 2017, 12:07:34 PM »

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« Reply #78 on: June 28, 2017, 08:39:12 AM »
This is good news.

Akron to receive $7.5 million to replace State Street Bridge during Main Street Promenade renovation
By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com
 Updated on June 27, 2017 at 5:42 PM Posted on June 27, 2017 at 5:41 PM

AKRON, Ohio - Akron will receive $7.5 million from the federal government to replace the State Street Bridge that runs between Water Street and Main Street downtown. The bridge will be replaced between 2018 and 2019 in conjunction with the TIGER-funded $5 million renovation of the Main Street Promenade.

The city has worked on plans to replace the bridge since 2008, said Public Service Director John Moore in a news release. With the initial funding award of $2.5 million, only maintenance was performed, and the bridge has continued to decline.

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/06/akron_to_receive_75_million_to.html

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« Reply #79 on: June 28, 2017, 06:49:58 PM »
Does this warrant its own thread?  Pretty cool.

Akron's Bowery project moves forward with $5 million in historic tax credits
BY JENNIFER CONN, AKRON REPORTER, CLEVELAND.COM jconn@Cleveland.com

AKRON, Ohio - Akron's Bowery project, formerly the Lock 4 redevelopment, is progressing toward reality with more than $5 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits.

The $38 million project led by the Bowery Development Group -- DeHoff Development Co. working with the Welty Building Co. -- will redevelop the historic 12-story Landmark building and five smaller retail buildings on Main Street next to the Akron Civic Theatre into a block of retail and office space with residential housing above. Four of the six buildings received the historic credits.

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/06/akrons_bowery_project_moves_fo.html
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« Reply #80 on: June 28, 2017, 07:05:19 PM »
Sure, go ahead!

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« Reply #81 on: June 29, 2017, 07:42:47 AM »
This project has been in the works for over a decade. I think with the new developers there is some new life, but still skeptical.

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« Reply #82 on: July 12, 2017, 07:45:35 AM »
$1.5 million Knight Foundation grant will help connect the dots, improve public spaces for a more vibrant downtown Akron
By Betty Lin-Fisher
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published: July 11, 2017 - 10:10 PM | Updated: July 12, 2017 - 08:20 AM

A $1.5 million grant to the Downtown Akron Partnership is designed to bring the “icing to the cake” and “connect the dots” of various bright spots throughout downtown Akron, while encouraging new improvements.

All of that will make downtown Akron more vibrant to retain and attract people, organizers said.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/1-5-million-knight-foundation-grant-will-help-connect-the-dohttp://www.ohio.com/news/local/1-5-million-knight-foundation-grant-will-help-connect-the-dots-improve-public-spaces-for-a-more-vibrant-downtown-akron-1.779747
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« Reply #83 on: July 12, 2017, 12:46:19 PM »
Building an Akron with people and for people
July 12, 2017 by Suzie Graham

Suzie Graham is president of Downtown Akron Partnership, a nonprofit organization that builds and promotes the vibrancy and value of downtown Akron. Below, she writes about undertaking focused public space improvements in the downtown to improve neighborhood life. Downtown Akron Partnership is receiving $1.5 million in new support from Knight Foundation.

Visualize a vibrant city. Several features typically come to mind: authentic architecture, distinctive destinations, inviting green spaces, delicious and diverse food, intriguing art, a variety of transportation options and one critical and consistent element— ever-present people. The ways that people interact with a place, and with other people in that place, define the character and quality of a city.

https://knightfoundation.org/articles/building-an-akron-with-people-and-for-people



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« Reply #84 on: July 18, 2017, 11:41:12 AM »
Akron City Council sells land for business, art project
By Doug Livingston
Published: July 17, 2017 - 09:15 PM | Updated: July 17, 2017 - 10:00 PM

City Council sold two pieces of public land Monday to private interests who will build a 22,000-square-foot freezer and tiny homes for traveling artists.

The purchase agreements have been vetted by Akron city’s planning and economic development departments. The first would allow Country Pure Foods Inc., which makes more than 300 types of juice products, to build a $6 million cold storage facility beside its Waterloo Road property in Kenmore.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/akron-city-council-sells-land-for-business-art-project-1.781064

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« Reply #85 on: July 20, 2017, 01:19:36 PM »
This project has been in the works for over a decade. I think with the new developers there is some new life, but still skeptical.

Not unwarranted. City Council member says financing for the project is still a problem for the new developers... even with the tax credits.

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« Reply #86 on: July 29, 2017, 05:14:27 PM »
City engineers and developers say downtown is primed for 200 apartments
By Doug Livingston
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published: July 28, 2017 - 06:23 PM

The major actors in the revitalization of downtown Akron met Friday morning to discuss the numerous public and private projects that are gelling in the heart of the city.

Downtown Akron Partnership convened city engineers, civic leaders and private developers to talk about how to avoid stepping on each others’ toes amid what the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com estimates to be $177 million in planned or ongoing projects.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/city-engineers-and-developers-say-downtown-is-primed-for-200-apartments-1.783800

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« Reply #87 on: August 01, 2017, 08:46:19 AM »
Cost of Main Street Corridor project doubles
By Doug Livingston
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published: July 31, 2017 - 10:38 PM

City engineers on Monday released computer renderings for the Main Street Corridor.

The images — produced by architects at GPD Group — show two-way traffic in two lanes, down from four in some parts, with left-hand turning lanes from Exchange Street all the way north to Mill Street, where landscaped islands will be brought forward to define the edges of a roundabout wrapping a perfect circle of grass and brick.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/cost-of-main-street-corridor-project-doubles-1.784416#

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« Reply #88 on: August 15, 2017, 02:39:08 PM »
R. Shea confirms Canal Place as site of new production brewery, restaurant
Published: August 1, 2017 - 11:25 AM | Updated: August 1, 2017 - 2:12 PM
 By Rick Armon
R. Shea Brewing Co. is targeting Canal Place in downtown Akron as the site for its new production brewery and restaurant.

The Akron nanobrewery, which hasn’t even celebrated its second anniversary yet, plans to open a 20-barrel brewery and eatery in the former B.F. Goodrich complex along South Main Street. It’s a $2.7 million project.

He’s also pushing for the creation of an Akron brewery district, citing the future proximity of R. Shea, Missing Falls, Akronym, Lock 15 and Thirsty Dog in the downtown area.


https://www.ohio.com/akron/pages/r-shea-confirms-canal-place-as-site-of-new-production-brewery-restaurant

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« Reply #89 on: August 15, 2017, 10:43:44 PM »
I just want to point out that Akronym is an awesome name.
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