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Re: Akron: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2006, 11:29:02 PM »
Checked out the northside lofts on Sunday and brought my camera with to take a few pics.   It seemed appropriately busy for late afternoon on Sunday.  Definitely a fine new structure.  I wasn't overly blown away by the views.  It just seemed that on some units the main view is the wide boulevard of Howard St as you look into the valley and see it climbing up the hill to St. Thomas.  With the other units facing Akron the focal point is Luigi's and the car rack place with the city as a background.  Basically I didn't get a compelling feeling that I was getting a special perspective on the city or the valley.  This complex doesn't get a view of the art museum.  One can barely see the new library as it extends its shadow over Main St.  Most of the units we saw were just above street level.  Certainly there could be other units higher up that might have better vantage points.  The 2nd phase complex next door had excavation going on.  Unfortunately I still need to crop the pics down to put them on this website..  Here's a pic from the St. Thomas garage looking back at the Northside lofts crane and downtown Akron in May. 

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« Reply #31 on: November 28, 2006, 11:34:45 PM »
Lofts dont have so many walls :(  Nice yes, views yes, affordable yes, lofts no.

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« Reply #32 on: November 29, 2006, 11:47:52 AM »
^well, you can do what you want with the shell.  that is what i like about their concept.  if you want to finish the place off, fine.  if you want a toilet, shower, a bed in the middle of the room and cement floors, that is fine too. 

for the parade of homes, most of the units were more "finished" than a typical loft, but there were lots of different finishes - polished cement floors, wood, carpet, exposed ductwork, half walls, etc. 

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« Reply #33 on: November 29, 2006, 02:05:32 PM »
Oh really? I was under the impression it was a shell as in no nice finishings, just some walls, no flooring, rough plumbing and electrical.

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« Reply #34 on: December 16, 2006, 07:27:36 AM »
Hey all... haven't been on here in awhile; glad to be back and post some happy news.

Yea Akron!  :clap:

From the Akron Beacon Journal 12/16/2006


Next step downtown
7 buildings to be demolished or renovated; developer to add retail, resturants, and apartments
By John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer

The Akron Civic Theatre will anchor a $15 million downtown development project that is to bring restaurants, clubs, retail and market-rate apartments to South Main Street...
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John Higgins can be reached at 330-996-3792 or 800-777-7232 or jhiggins@thebeaconjournal.com.
http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/16254892.htm
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« Reply #35 on: December 16, 2006, 10:53:32 AM »
Welcome back and great news!
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« Reply #36 on: December 16, 2006, 01:33:50 PM »
Awesome!  It sounds like it will be almost "Riverwalk"-ish.

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« Reply #37 on: December 18, 2006, 12:54:46 AM »
The home tour is long over, but here's the story.


PHOTO: Dustin Sommers from Cleaning Connection shines the hardwood floors in a condominium to be shown in the Vertical Parade of Homes.  Bob DeMay / Akron Beacon Journal

Home tour touts luxury, scenic views
City living looks up, out
Sophistication, comfort found in lofts with brick, steel and new attitude

By Mary Beth Breckenridge
Beacon Journal staff writer

 
Developer Joel Testa stood on the roof of the new Northside Lofts and looked toward Main Street in the distance.

"It really gives you a whole different feeling for the city,'' he said, gesturing across Martin Luther King Boulevard toward an urban canyon lined with a mix of century-old buildings and newer construction and dotted with landscaped traffic islands.

That whole different feeling is what Testa's company is trying to create with its Northside Lofts, a residential and retail development on the northern fringe of downtown Akron. Seven condominium units in the development's first building open today for public tours in what's being called the Vertical Parade of Homes, the first of its kind in the country.



http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/16095576.htm?source=rss&channel=ohio_news
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« Reply #38 on: January 11, 2007, 09:06:39 AM »
omg its to cute I want more info does anyone know who I should call to find out more?

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« Reply #39 on: January 11, 2007, 09:15:16 AM »
I like the website, but I just can't get into these "open floor plan" new build apartments units.  Give me a pre war building or a building built like one!  :-)

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« Reply #40 on: April 13, 2007, 05:52:32 PM »
From the 4/13/07 ABJ:


Boston Heights rezoning allowed
Village Council backs proposal to redevelop golf course property

By Kimberley Sirk
Special to the Beacon Journal


BOSTON HEIGHTS - Village Council has approved legislation that could clear the way for the redevelopment of the former Boston Hills Golf Course into retail space and a residential neighborhood.

Council approved a request Wednesday to rezone almost 66 acres of the old golf course from residential to retail.

The vote came just a day after the council heard a report from consultant David Hartt, who was retained by the village to study the proposal for the golf course.

The report concluded that retail was the best use of the land -- given that "higher uses'' like office or industrial facilities are not practical in the current market...

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/17071537.htm?source=rss&channel=ohio_news
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« Reply #41 on: April 16, 2007, 08:36:20 AM »
Some updates for the Akron Art Museum expansion, taken this weekend:







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« Reply #42 on: June 22, 2007, 12:10:18 AM »
From the 6/21/07 Canton Repository:


Details may derail hotel's plans in Green

GREEN Plans for a 121-room, extended-stay hotel got conditional approval Wednesday night from the Green Planning and Zoning Commission. But for Value Place Hotel, the devil may be in the conditions.

Matt Wells, development services director for the Wichita, Kansas, based chain, felt his bosses would nix the project when they learned of some of the conditions: No sign on the building dedicated to the chain's 800 number, and two signs advertising the weekly rate - $209 - must not shift colors, as is standard with the chain.

"The building seems to be very nice," said commission member Gerard Neugebauer. "To be quite frank, we think the signs look kind of trashy. At least I do."...

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« Reply #43 on: June 23, 2007, 06:06:07 PM »
From the 6/23/07 ABJ:


Spring sales of area homes fall from 2006
Fewer houses on market in April, May than year earlier. Realtor says buyers will keep advantage

By Marilyn Miller
Beacon Journal business writer


Housing sales have been steady in the Akron area in the past two months, but it's still a buyer's market.

"I think it will be a buyer's market for quite a while, at least for the next six months to a year,'' said Tom Campensa, president of the Akron Area Board of Realtors.

"Buyers are taking their time selecting what they want and going for the super-nice, clean homes that need little work and are priced correctly.''...

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/business/17409128.htm?source=rss&channel=ohio_business
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« Reply #44 on: July 04, 2007, 11:12:14 PM »
Also posted in the Restaurants, etc. section.  From the 7/4/07 ABJ:


Chrissie Hynde's eatery named
VegeTerranean's opening to include free concert; event tied to arts festival

By Lisa Abraham
Beacon Journal food writer


It will be called VegeTerranean.

The signs went up Tuesday, and work is scheduled to begin next week on Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chrissie Hynde's restaurant in Akron's Northside Lofts at the edge of downtown.

The grand opening is slated for Sept. 15, when Hynde is to perform a free concert at her restaurant in the afternoon. Hynde, an Akron native and leader of the Pretenders, will perform accompanied by an acoustic guitarist, not the band.

The opening is being tied to an inaugural event called the Crossing Water Music and Arts Festival.

The festival, to benefit the Civic Theatre, will culminate with a concert of Akron-born musicians including Hynde, the Black Keys and possibly Devo, according to Joel Testa, chief operating officer of the Testa Cos., who is working with the Downtown Akron Partnership to develop the event. Testa Cos. owns the Northside Lofts, where Hynde's restaurant will be.


http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/entertainment/dining/17453758.htm?source=rss&channel=ohio_news
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« Reply #45 on: July 17, 2007, 07:44:00 AM »
Posted on Tue, Jul. 17
Group to help spruce up old homes
Loans, technical assistance available in West Hill
By Katie Byard
Beacon Journal staff writer
Owners of vintage homes in West Akron have a new neighbor interested in fixing up old houses.

Cleveland Restoration Society, which offers low-interest, state-subsidized loans and technical assistance to encourage renovations of homes at least 50 years old, recently opened an office in Akron's West Hill neighborhood.

The society will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at its new site: the Old No. 3 Firehouse, at 60 S. Maple St. in West Hill.

The restoration group's Akron office is in an appropriate place: The firehouse is a restoration project itself. It was purchased in 2005 by area developer Tony Troppe.

more at: http://www.ohio.com

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« Reply #46 on: July 24, 2007, 10:03:51 PM »
From the Akron Beacon Journal - 7/24/2007


Council considers UA condo project
Beacon Journal staff report

Akron City Council on Monday had a public hearing on a contract with the developer for a 25-unit town home condominium project near the University of Akron.

The project is planned for the northeast corner of Brown and Power streets, just south of East Exchange Street. The council will consider the bill at next Monday's meeting.

The town homes would range from one to three-bedrooms with 1,820 to 2,900 square feet, and would be priced at about $200,000, not counting upgrades.

The town homes would feature rooftop decks for patios and gardens. Two-car garages would open into a courtyard.

The city is acquiring property to extend Kirn Street from Crouse Street to Power Street. The city also would create a pedestrian walkway fronting the north row of condominiums, eliminate Gray and Emmet courts and provide street, water and sewer improvements.

The developers -- ASW Spicer Village LLC and 473 Brown Street LLC -- hope to attract young professionals employed downtown or at the University of Akron who want to walk to work.

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/17534093.htm

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« Reply #47 on: July 24, 2007, 10:11:16 PM »
How much housing/retail is around the U of A area?

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« Reply #48 on: July 25, 2007, 11:09:36 AM »
How much housing/retail is around the U of A area?

There is quite a bit around the university with several proposals in the works.  Downtown is right next to the university to the west.  On the south side is the zip strip along exchange.  It is mostly a collection of college bars, restaurants, coffee shops, etc.  South of the zip strip is university park, which is mostly old 1920's frame houses with some apartment buildings mixed in.  A lot of the university park area is undergoing a transformation right now.  Many of the old houses are being torn down, and there is a new park going in on brown st. which is going to have a softball field and a soccer field for intramural sports.  The new football stadium is going on the north end of exchange st.  There is a thread on that with the details about it.  There is also a proposal called spicer village that will be built between brown and spicer streets.  It has been in the property aquisition phase for a few years now, but by judging by the amount of houses torn down in the area, it appears they have most of the land they need for it.  Here is the information on that from the city's website.
http://www.ci.akron.oh.us/News_Releases/2005/0311.html
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« Reply #49 on: August 16, 2007, 04:05:59 PM »
Large-scale redevelopment plan for Summit village
Lakemore a bit uneasy
Lack of specifics for renewal effort worries residents

By Rick Armon Beacon Journal staff writer
Published on Saturday, Aug 04, 2007

LAKEMORE: With Summit County poised to approve a multiyear, multimillion-dollar redevelopment plan for Lakemore, many residents appear more apprehensive than excited about the future investment in their village a one-time resort town at the southern tip of Springfield Lake.

''Everybody is confused,'' Cheryl Smith, 42, said while floating in a rubber pool in her driveway to escape the recent heat. ''Residents are afraid they are getting their homes torn down, especially the elderly.''

County and village officials announced a sweeping renewal plan in May that includes razing blighted homes, fixing flooding problems, installing sidewalks and a lakeshore trail, encouraging new businesses and homes to be built, adding a 30-foot fishing pier, and developing a new traffic pattern for wider streets.

County Council is expected to act on the 40-page document Monday. (A copy of the plan is available at the Summit County site, Department of Development, Lakemore Community Investment Area Plan.)

more at: http://www.ohio.com
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« Reply #50 on: October 17, 2007, 11:13:00 AM »
Historic home to move
By Chris Hyser 
Created: 10/17/2007 11:40:05 AM
Updated:10/17/2007 11:50:15 AM

AKRON -- A piece of the past is making way for a big chunk of the future.

The Richard Howe House, built in 1836, will be relocated from its current home at the corner of East Exchange and South High Streets.

The city will then partner with a developer to being more downtown housing to the land.

Marty Mehall will build an apartment community on the site, which will exclusively house students attending the University of Akron.
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« Reply #51 on: October 17, 2007, 02:48:26 PM »
here's a picture of the development.

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« Reply #52 on: October 17, 2007, 07:45:13 PM »
Wow... impressive.  Akron is certainly benefiting from the U of A's progress in recent years.  Great for the university and the city.

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« Reply #53 on: October 18, 2007, 12:11:15 AM »
Nice.  I was just in Akron last week, wandering around- is the Howe house the building that looks like a townhouse that looks like it had some sort of bar or something in it a few years back?

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« Reply #54 on: October 18, 2007, 05:48:01 PM »
^ Yes, that is it.  I can't remeber what was last in their a few years ago (I wanna say a sign shop?).  It right across the street from the Beacon Journal.

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« Reply #55 on: October 18, 2007, 10:12:22 PM »
Thanks!  It's a great old building.

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« Reply #56 on: October 20, 2007, 10:47:41 PM »
All right!!!

GO ZIPS!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #57 on: October 22, 2007, 10:56:08 PM »
From the Akron Beacon Journal
10/22/2007


Metro RTA to breakground on station
Published on Monday, Oct 22, 2007

Metro RTA to break ground on station

AKRON: The Metro Regional Transit Authority will break ground today on its new transfer station on South Broadway.

The ceremony, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. near East Bartges Street, will include appearances by Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, Summit County Executive Russ Pry and ODOT Director James Beasley.

More at http://www.ohio.com/news/10709791.html
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« Reply #58 on: October 26, 2007, 01:40:26 PM »
Council approves historic building purchase
Akron agrees to pay $760,000 for run-down Young's Restaurant

By Phil Trexler Beacon Journal staff writer
Published on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2007

It has pigeons and their droppings floating inside and a roof that needs to be razed, but the battered yet historic Young's Restaurant is about to become Akron's.

City Council on Monday approved the $760,000 deal that had been floating around town since last winter. The sale of the former restaurant is expected to close by the end of November.

Council voted 12-1 on Monday night for the sale. Ward 2 Councilman Bruce Kilby cast the sole dissenting vote.

At-large Councilman John Conti voted for the deal, but he questioned the price.

He believes the cost might be too high because of the building's poor condition. He said the owners essentially abandoned the building several years ago, leaving behind a neighborhood blight.

more at: http://www.ohio.com
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« Reply #59 on: January 15, 2008, 05:19:56 AM »
Akron to sell Main St. buildings for project
Developer plans retail, apartments near Civic

By Phil Trexler
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published on Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008

A face-lift to South Main Street is coming to downtown after Akron City Council Monday night gave its approval to a retail, entertainment and housing project.

The city has agreed to sell six buildings surrounding the Civic Theatre as well as the historic Landmark Building at South Main and West Bowery streets.

The city will sell the six smaller buildings to Main Street Partners LLC for $1 each. The city purchased the buildings, some constructed in the 1920s, for $3.55 million about a decade ago.

They will sell the Landmark Building for $1.3 million. Another $1 million will be paid by the developers for asbestos removal and other environmental work at the office tower site.

The city purchased the office building for $2.9 million.

more at: http://www.ohio.com
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