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Re: Akron: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #960 on: October 13, 2016, 06:46:04 AM »
Akron Children's plans expansion of Considine Professional Building
October 12, 2016
By Lydia Coutré

In a step toward bringing together its downtown Akron outpatient clinics and programs, Akron Children's Hospital will break ground in February on an addition that nearly doubles the size of its Considine Professional Building.

The 230,000-square-foot addition to the seven-story facility across from the main hospital building continues the campus transformation that began in 2012 with the groundbreaking on the Kay Jewelers Pavilion, which included a new emergency department, neonatal intensive care unit and the GOJO Outpatient Surgery Center.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20161012/NEWS/161019931/akron-childrens-plans-expansion-of-considine-professional-building

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« Reply #961 on: October 18, 2016, 08:41:19 AM »
Ohio approves Stark State College’s Akron campus, groundbreaking scheduled for end of month
By Nick Glunt
Published: October 17, 2016 - 05:38 PM | Updated: October 18, 2016 - 08:26 AM

Construction on Stark State College’s Akron campus is expected to begin by the end of the month following the Ohio Controlling Board’s approval of the project on Monday.

The board approved the project with a unanimous vote Monday afternoon. The vote was delayed last month after board member State Sen. Tom Sawyer, D-Akron, expressed concern that Stark State might poach students from the already-declining enrollment at the University of Akron.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/ohio-approves-stark-state-college-s-akron-campus-groundbreaking-scheduled-for-end-of-month-1.719958

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« Reply #962 on: October 28, 2016, 11:33:48 AM »
Demolition of former Rolling Acres begins
By Betty Lin-Fisher
Published: October 28, 2016 - 12:46 PM | Updated: October 28, 2016 - 01:04 PM

Demolition of the former Rolling Acres Mall has begun.

As an excavator and a Bobcat were slowly picking away at the stores between the former Sears and Dillards department stores in the southwest corner of the mall on Friday, Cristina Morrow and her partner, Cayden Horvath, stood outside the fence and watched.

http://www.ohio.com/business/demolition-of-former-rolling-acres-begins-1.722864

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« Reply #963 on: November 01, 2016, 08:06:55 AM »
State releases $12 million toward replacement of Akron's Route 8 bridge
By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com
on October 31, 2016 at 5:17 PM, updated October 31, 2016 at 5:24 PM

AKRON, Ohio – The state has released $12 million for the Ohio Department of Transportation's project to replace the Route 8 bridge in Akron. The money will be used for design work and preparation of construction contract plans.

The project is scheduled to begin in 2020 and cost $120 million. ODOT plans to replace the 1,500-foot-long bridge, known as the North Expressway Viaduct, which carries Route 8 over East North Street and the Little Cuyahoga River Valley.

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2016/10/state_releases_12_million_towa.html#incart_river_home


There is a link to comments which give a little more in-depth commentary on the proposal. Seems to still be very early in the decision making process.

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« Reply #964 on: November 06, 2016, 01:20:22 AM »
Ugh, I forgot all about the Rt. 8 bridge. Between the work on I-76/Rt. 224 through Barberton and Norton, and now the central interchange work, it's a bit rough using the expressway to get around town these days. Rt. 8 will be a total nightmare during rush hour when its bridge is also being rebuilt.

It's times like this that I wish we had seen some kind of outerbelt built that would have provided an alternative route for traffic when so many key routes were under repairs at once.

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« Reply #965 on: November 18, 2016, 06:57:56 AM »
Akron ready to celebrate Lock 4
By Rick Armon
Published: November 17, 2016 - 03:25 PM | Updated: November 18, 2016 - 08:33 AM

Akron is ready to flip the switch on Lock 4 — both figuratively and literally.

The concrete-and-brick downtown space, tucked below street level, overlooks the Ohio & Erie Canal and a small waterfall.

It’s an intimate gathering place that’s filled with the sounds of rushing water.

But for years, it’s been a forgotten area, with much more attention focused on the neighboring Lock 3 park.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/akron-ready-to-celebrate-lock-4-1.727848



Akron Rubber Development Laboratory moving to Barberton site
November 17, 2016 Updated 20 hours ago
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By DON DETORE/RUBBER & PLASTICS NEWS

Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc. has completed its acquisition of an 11-acre property in Barberton that the firm said eventually will house all of its laboratories.

The property includes a 130,000-square-foot facility, the former Babcox & Wilcox site at North Van Buren and Robinson avenues, that will be converted into ARDL’s headquarters. Currently, ARDL occupies three separate properties in Akron -- two on Gilchrist Road and one on Kenmore Road -- totaling 55,000 square feet.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20161117/NEWS01/161119483/akron-rubber-development-laboratory-moving-to-barberton-site

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« Reply #966 on: December 07, 2016, 07:43:35 AM »
Ohio & Erie Canalway Association awards grants totaling $363,000 for improvement projects
December 06, 2016 Updated 19 hours ago

Projects receiving funding include a new power car for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad; plans for a new visitor center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park; trail enhancements in Cleveland and the Village of Bolivar; and interpretive exhibits in the Cleveland History Center, Mustill Store and Zoar Village.

The grants range from $3,000 to $40,000. A full list of grant recipients is available here.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20161206/NEWS/161209862/ohio-erie-canalway-association-awards-grants-totaling-363000-for

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« Reply #967 on: December 14, 2016, 10:38:33 AM »
Stoney Pointe discourse spurs broader conversation about homeless, disabled
By Doug Livingston
Published: December 14, 2016 - 01:03 AM | Updated: December 14, 2016 - 09:18 AM

 Mark Foertch of Ingersoll Drive in West Akron figures the public looks down on him for fighting the construction of a 68-unit, four-story apartment building for the homeless and disabled.

When he began protesting the $11.3 million Stoney Pointe Commons, a government subsidized housing complex, he spoke before Akron City Council of the damage that would be done to his property values should hundreds of chronically homeless, many with mental illness, be lumped together under one roof.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/stoney-pointe-discourse-spurs-broader-conversation-about-homeless-disabled-1.733565#

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« Reply #968 on: December 27, 2016, 09:16:40 AM »
Restored historic building is new home for WhiteSpace Creative
By Betty Lin-Fisher
 Published: December 26, 2016 - 09:09 PM | Updated: December 27, 2016 - 08:11 AM

Three years ago, there were mushrooms growing from decaying floorboards in a cavernous building on Furnace Street near downtown Akron.

Some of those reclaimed floorboards are now timbers on the front deck of a newly renovated 55,000-square-foot office and warehouse building. The office building at 243 Furnace St. this week will become the new headquarters for Akron marketing and advertising firm WhiteSpace Creative. An attached warehouse houses some small-business tenants and is still undergoing work.

http://www.ohio.com/writers/betty-lin-fisher/restored-historic-building-is-new-home-for-whitespace-creative-1.736129#

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« Reply #969 on: January 09, 2017, 08:57:18 AM »
Developer plans senior apartments for Mull Avenue
January 08, 2017 Updated 13 hours ago
By Dan Shingler

If you Google "senior living investments," you'll get back a whopping 7.21 million results, perhaps more by the time this article goes to print.

There's a reason for that: Americans are aging and retiring at a record rate. And a Pittsburgh development firm is following that reason right into Northeast Ohio and, if the city approves, probably Akron.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170108/NEWS/170109867/developer-plans-senior-apartments-for-mull-avenue#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccl-akronmorning&utm_campaign=ccl-akronmorning-20170109&email_realestate

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« Reply #970 on: January 10, 2017, 01:17:44 PM »
Sitework has started for the Stark State College Akron Campus.


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« Reply #971 on: January 10, 2017, 01:22:36 PM »
New rendering:





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« Reply #972 on: January 10, 2017, 01:29:31 PM »
Weird looking complex. It looks like the same architect that did the UA College of business building. I wonder what the point of the greenhouse building is. Is that their "lobby"?

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« Reply #973 on: January 10, 2017, 02:30:02 PM »
Likely it's a Student Space/Vending/Cafeteria.

Meh, to the whole thing. Not bad, not good, just...meh.

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« Reply #974 on: January 11, 2017, 11:08:12 AM »
Weird looking complex. It looks like the same architect that did the UA College of business building. I wonder what the point of the greenhouse building is. Is that their "lobby"?

I think you might be getting your buildings confused. This is the College of Business:

U of A - College of Business 
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« Reply #975 on: January 19, 2017, 11:03:19 AM »
NEFCO approves $110,460 for Summit Lake environmental assessment
By Rick Armon
Published: January 18, 2017 - 02:50 PM | Updated: January 19, 2017 - 09:09 AM

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The Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning & Development Organization (NEFCO) approved $110,460 toward the project Wednesday through its Summit County Brownfields Revitalization Program.
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The foundation, which asked the Trust for Public Land to manage the assessment, earmarked $195,300 for the overall project.
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$300k study, pretty exciting news for the area!

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« Reply #976 on: January 19, 2017, 01:52:16 PM »
In college I spent a semester taking water samples from the lake. It's going to cost a fortune to remediate, there's quite an industrial legacy there as I'm sure you're well aware. But the study is indeed a welcomed start. Good news. Hoping it triggers some Fed funding asap.

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« Reply #977 on: January 19, 2017, 01:56:17 PM »
Interesting. I believe that is where the canoeing class was going to be for UOfA. Once i found that out i dropped that for bowling.

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« Reply #978 on: January 19, 2017, 04:03:43 PM »
Ha! One of my friends actually learned to sail there back in the 80s. Interestingly, the smaller section of the lake cut off by the freeway was actually pristine compared to the larger section. Ps my wife took bowling class and her avg actually dropped 20 pts!

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« Reply #979 on: January 20, 2017, 08:48:40 AM »
Longtime Akron City Center hotel closes
By Katie Byard and Jim Mackinnon
Published: January 19, 2017 - 07:23 PM | Updated: January 20, 2017 - 08:50 AM

The struggling Akron City Center Hotel, one of the taller buildings on Akron’s downtown skyline, has closed.

It is unclear when the 19-floor hotel at Cascade Plaza off South Main Street shut down. The owner, Jack Saheid, a Texas businessman who took over the aging 243-room property in 2011, hoping to turn it around, could not be reached for comment.

http://www.ohio.com/business/longtime-akron-city-center-hotel-closes-1.741456



Sikich LLP opens new Akron office
January 19, 2017 Updated 17 hours ago
By Jeremy Nobile




Sikich LLP officially opened its new location in Akron's White Pond Office Park — a 34,500-square-foot building that saw a groundbreaking last spring by Akron accounting and technology firm Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Co.

BCG was acquired by Naperville, Ill.-based Sikich last June.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170119/NEWS/170119778/sikich-llp-opens-new-akron-office
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« Reply #980 on: January 24, 2017, 05:28:41 PM »
Akron’s 2017 construction plan slashes spending by more than $75 million
By Doug Livingston
Beacon Journal staff writer

Big ticket purchases include $533,000 to equip police with body cameras by summer, a $3 million resurfacing of Tallmadge Avenue (funded mostly by the Ohio Department of Transportation) and a new $21.5 million Akron Municipal Courthouse between the Akron STEM Middle School and East Bowery Street.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/akron-s-2017-construction-plan-slashes-spending-by-more-than-75-million-1.742631

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« Reply #981 on: January 25, 2017, 11:11:12 AM »
B.F. Goodrich smokestack getting cut in half to ‘RICH’
By Rick Armon
 Published: January 24, 2017 - 02:59 PM | Updated: January 25, 2017 - 07:23 AM

An Akron landmark is getting a big haircut.

The city plans to chop off 100 feet from one of the iconic red brick B.F. Goodrich smokestacks along South Main Street for safety reasons.

The smokestacks, both rising 195 feet and with the word “GOODRICH” on them in white, have towered over the city skyline for about 100 years.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/b-f-goodrich-smokestack-getting-cut-in-half-to-rich-1.742784

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« Reply #982 on: February 01, 2017, 11:03:28 AM »
I didn't find a separate Fairlawn or Copley-Fairlawn news and developments thread, and I'm not sure it would get much use if it did (and I think I might have seen Fairlawn news on here already earlier vis-a-vis the Omnova building going vacant).  Regardless, this story deserves more press than it's getting:

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/fairlawn-flipping-the-switch-on-its-new-internet-utility-1.744012

Fairlawn flipping the switch on its new internet utility

The Perkins family has jettisoned their private internet provider and recently became one of the first households in the community to connect to FairlawnGig, a new city-owned, citywide and super-fast broadband utility.

The Akron suburb is investing about $10 million to install fiber — which will deliver speeds of up to 1 gigabit — on every street in the community and the Joint Economic Development District, bringing not only internet service but also phone service literally to the front doors of homeowners and businesses alike.

The city is now flipping the switch on the first installations.

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I'm not far from the Akron-Fairlawn border and I really hope that they ultimately expand the service.  So sick of Time Warner.  If this muni fiber network proves to be financially sustainable (and legally sustainable, I know TWC lobbies heavily to ban competition like this and preserve its hellish monopoly), and my wife and I do decide to decamp for the suburbs when our eldest child comes of age, the availability of a service like this would actually be a fairly salient factor in our decision as to what suburbs to look at.  (Fairlawn also has the advantage of being fairly close-in, so I wouldn't actually be moving that much farther away from downtown and my and my wife's jobs.)

Seriously, I wish Akron could pull off something like this.  Considering the extraordinary strain on the capital budget flowing (no pun intended) from the CSO project, I'm sure it's unlikely, but man it would be great to see.

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« Reply #983 on: February 07, 2017, 08:12:05 AM »
Developer proposes new restaurants, retail in Fairlawn
By Rick Armon
 Published: February 6, 2017 - 06:36 PM | Updated: February 7, 2017 - 07:34 AM

FAIRLAWN: A developer is proposing to tear down an aging shopping center along West Market Street and construct a new 9,400-square-foot building for two restaurants and a retail store.

The project, located at 2858 and 2872 W. Market St. near the Fairlawn Town Centre, is expected to cost about $1 million.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/developer-proposes-new-restaurants-retail-in-fairlawn-1.745625#



PPG, Universal Display Corp. to make a $15 million investment in Barberton plant
By Scott Suttell
 February 06, 2017 Updated 20 hours ago

A $15 million investment in a Barberton plant operated by Pittsburgh-based PPG (NYSE: PPG) that makes materials for Universal Display Corp. (Nasdaq: OLED) of Ewing, N.J., will lead to the addition of 20 jobs. The companies on Monday, Feb. 6, announced that the investment will double the commercial production capacity for Universal Display's UniversalPHOLED phosphorescent emitter products. The expansion project is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of this year, according to a news…

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170206/NEWS/170209884/ppg-universal-display-corp-to-make-a-15-million-investment-in

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« Reply #984 on: February 07, 2017, 09:43:30 AM »
I barely even notice that shopping center when I drive by it.  I would question the need for new restaurant and retail space in Fairlawn generally (Fairlawn is in many respects the poster child for America's glut of retail space), but if a developer really wants to take a stab at it, no one will miss the buildings currently in that space, so have at it.

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« Reply #985 on: February 08, 2017, 09:56:19 AM »
I barely even notice that shopping center when I drive by it.  I would question the need for new restaurant and retail space in Fairlawn generally (Fairlawn is in many respects the poster child for America's glut of retail space), but if a developer really wants to take a stab at it, no one will miss the buildings currently in that space, so have at it.

You need to hone your architectural eye! ha
It's not a great looking building. They painted it a couple of years ago, but they only painted the front. If you look at the side you can see the original treatment. It looks really bad, but I guess they figure most people don't notice that kind of thing.
In terms of more restaurants, I think there will always be a demand. If you look at the Belden area it doesn't strike you as the type of place where restaurants are tested for the Ohio market, but it indeed is.

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« Reply #986 on: February 16, 2017, 04:27:43 PM »
Akron Children’s Hospital commits more than $250,000 to North High School health academy
By Monica L. Thomas
Published: February 15, 2017 - 04:12 PM

The Akron Public Schools and Akron Children’s Hospital are expanding their partnership to further develop North High School’s Academy of Health and Human Services.

Superintendent David James announced a $250,000 commitment from Children’s at his annual State of the Schools address Wednesday during the Akron Press Club’s luncheon with about 400 attendees at Quaker Station. The hospital also is committing $150,000 for in-kind services that will include internships, teacher externships on the Children’s campus, white-coat experiences, speakers, job shadowing and other programs.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/akron-children-s-hospital-commits-more-than-250-000-to-north-high-school-health-academy-1.747614

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« Reply #987 on: February 16, 2017, 06:59:27 PM »
In terms of more restaurants, I think there will always be a demand. If you look at the Belden area it doesn't strike you as the type of place where restaurants are tested for the Ohio market, but it indeed is.
The Belden Village/Strip area is very much like the "Mini-Columbus" of NE Ohio in this regard. Many new concepts usually open there before they move further north into Akron and Cleveland if they are successful.

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« Reply #988 on: March 02, 2017, 08:26:51 AM »
North Hill's Exchange House opens refugee community center and Airbnb
By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com
on March 01, 2017 at 4:33 PM, updated March 01, 2017 at 6:18 PM

AKRON, Ohio - North Hill's Exchange House, a community center for refugees downstairs with an international hostel upstairs, opened its doors to the Akron community on Tuesday.

The once-deteriorating three-bedroom house is already generating bookings on Airbnb, which lists it as "Little Bhutan in Akron," for $27 per night.

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/03/north_hills_exchange_house_ope.html

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« Reply #989 on: March 24, 2017, 09:16:16 AM »
Business group seeks train depot in Merriman Valley
By Mary Beth Breckenridge
Published: March 21, 2017 - 12:13 PM

A business group is hoping to get a train depot built in Akron’s Merriman Valley.

Whether that’s possible, however, isn’t clear to the many entities that would be involved.

The newly formed Merriman Valley Business Association has posted a petition on Change.org encouraging the construction of the building, which would serve as a stop for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/business-group-seeks-train-depot-in-merriman-valley-1.755109


Future is uncertain for $200,000 tax-delinquent and dilapidated Rubber Bowl
By Doug Livingston
Published: March 23, 2017 - 02:44 PM

Back taxes are approaching $200,000 at the Rubber Bowl as the private owner punts on a football-themed reutilization plan. Now, the owner is selling a $9.2 million renovation to convert the iconic stadium into “the second-largest venue in Northeast Ohio for holding concerts” and outdoor music festivals.

But, quietly, leaders from the city and county are inching toward foreclosing on what has become a safety concern. A garage beneath the bleachers caught fire in January, and there have been reports of unauthorized inhabitants.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/future-is-uncertain-for-200-000-tax-delinquent-and-dilapidated-rubber-bowl-1.755745#
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