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Re: Kent: Kent State University Projects
« Reply #60 on: October 16, 2009, 08:46:12 AM »
I know, right? Hopefully some stuff will be finished before we graduate (assuming that we both graduate in 2012). However, I don't see why 10 houses have to be demolished for the esplanade extension (mentioned in the article) unless they are all falling apart as it is.

They want to tear down all of College St. basically, at least that was the initial plan. 

You can see the Master Plan at:
http://www.kent360.com  , then click on
"2009 Presentation on Downtown Redevelopment Status"

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Projects
« Reply #61 on: October 16, 2009, 10:17:46 AM »
The plan you linked to does not show the esplanade on College St, however it does show the esplanade going through the block bordered by Main, Lincoln, College, and S. Willow (connecting Erie with Hilltop). I guess they want to create a connection between Hilltop Drive and Erie St.

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Projects
« Reply #62 on: October 16, 2009, 10:23:29 AM »
I lived near Lincoln and South Willow for four years in the 1980s (there was a horse farm and greenhouse there). I'm interested to see what happens there.
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Re: Kent: Kent State University Projects
« Reply #63 on: October 19, 2009, 08:38:42 AM »
Hotel and conference center on drawing board for Kent
By Carol Biliczky
Beacon Journal staff writer

"Kent State University might invest up to $3 million to become a preferred equity partner in a hotel and conference center."
http://www.ohio.com/news/top_stories/64701597.html

Click on the photos and they have a generic map showing where things are planned to be located.
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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #64 on: February 17, 2010, 10:17:22 PM »
$20-Million Grant for Multimodal Transportation Center Announced
Transportation Center Announced
Emily Vincent | 02/17/2010

Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio today announced that the Kent Central Gateway project in Kent, Ohio, has received a $20-million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Ryan delivered the exciting news to a roomful of officials from the City of Kent, Kent State University and PARTA (Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority) who lobbied together for the transportation facility for several years. The project serves as a catalyst for the revitalization and redevelopment of downtown Kent and reconnects the central business district with the Kent State campus. The $20-million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant for the Kent Central Gateway alone accounts for the majority of grants awarded to the state of Ohio. In total, the state is receiving $50-million in TIGER grants.

“The TIGER grant has been very, very competitive,” Ryan said. “We wanted to advocate projects that will transform communities and offer long-term economic growth. We feel this project is transformational, and we advocated strongly for the Kent Central Gateway project.”

“The multimodal transportation facility combines elements of buses, pedestrians, bicycles and cars,” explained John Drew, general manager of PARTA. “It will serve as a transfer point that allows bus transport to Akron, Cleveland and all points in Portage County. It is part of the downtown development plan and will be located at Erie and Depeyster streets with a curb cut into Haymaker Parkway.”

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More at:
http://www.kent.edu/news/announcements/success/mulitmodaltransportationcenter.cfm

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #65 on: February 19, 2010, 09:25:43 AM »
I forgot to post this:

Architect chosen for Kent court: In 2-1 vote, Cleveland firm is picked over local team
Mike Sever
January 17, 2010

http://www.recordpub.net/news/article/4749782

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #66 on: April 26, 2010, 02:30:33 PM »
Work has begun on the remodeling of Risman Plaza:






Relocation of bus stop


Also, an update on the progress of the Music and Speech Center:


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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #67 on: April 27, 2010, 09:22:35 AM »
I don't know how I feel about that Music & Speech addition.  Better that what was there before I guess.  Maybe it looks better in person.

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #68 on: April 27, 2010, 10:15:51 AM »
bleah, I don't really like it.

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #69 on: April 27, 2010, 01:07:28 PM »
The entryway looks like a nice Greyhound station.

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #70 on: April 27, 2010, 02:26:17 PM »
I actually like it, I guess it just depends on your personal taste.

Maybe it looks better in person.
I doubt it looks better in person because my pictures are amazing, lol. ;)

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #71 on: April 27, 2010, 03:54:51 PM »
Wow.... Kiva is still there 25 years later. And I spent many Saturday nights at Music & Speech, which was when my airshift was at WKHR.
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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #72 on: April 29, 2010, 02:11:52 AM »
as a KSU student with a dorm right across the parkinglot of music and speech: it is ugly

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #73 on: June 04, 2010, 11:47:17 AM »
KSU Plaza & Library Renovation Updates

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #74 on: June 05, 2010, 07:28:41 PM »
its pretty freaky to see the plaza like that, but it is for the greater good

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #75 on: June 05, 2010, 11:57:36 PM »
I hate that the fountain is gone and that it is not going to be replaced. :(

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #76 on: September 16, 2010, 08:57:01 AM »
Big money:

Kent State University plans $250 million in projects paid largely with new student fees
By TIMOTHY MAGAW
9:07 am, September 16, 2010

Kent State University is planning $250 million in facility upgrades and new construction projects that largely will be paid for through borrowing financed by an expansion in student fees.


The university's board of trustees moved forward with the plans at its Wednesday meeting at Kent State's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.


The bulk of the construction projects will be financed with $210 million in borrowings that hinge on state approval. The rest would be from state funds, fundraising and other money.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20100916/FREE/100919898

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #77 on: September 16, 2010, 09:39:03 AM »
"The campus improvements would include a new, $40 million home for the university's architecture program, now housed in three buildings; a $40 million home for art, now in six buildings; and $20 million for a renovated science building, probably Williams Hall."''

http://www.ohio.com/news/103027884.html

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #78 on: September 22, 2010, 06:45:05 AM »
Well, so much for that excitement:

Fingerhut bucks KSU proposal for more fees

By Carol Biliczky
Beacon Journal staff writer

POSTED: 06:20 p.m. EDT, Sep 21, 2010

The chancellor for higher education in Ohio has axed a Kent State proposal to charge students up to $24 a credit hour for academic buildings — at least in its current form.

Eric Fingerhut said Tuesday he is willing to work with KSU officials to find a way to pay for $250 million in improvements to the Kent campus.

But the university will have to come up with some better ideas, he said.

''I've made it pretty clear that the proposal they've submitted is not acceptable,'' Fingerhut said. ''We've not been successful in reaching an agreement.''

http://www.ohio.com/news/103480904.html

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #79 on: September 30, 2010, 02:39:54 PM »

Image from kentwired.com

Risman Plaza area to double in size soon
Written by Jessica White Tuesday, 28 September 2010 18:44

images The Risman Plaza area will double in size next year, Tom Euclide, associate vice president for facility planning and operation said.

Construction for a new “student green” in front of Risman Plaza will begin in the spring of 2011, Euclide said, and is expected to be finished by fall of the same year.

The green will be directly in front of Risman Plaza and stretch to Summit Street. As hinted by its name, the green will be mostly grass, but will also have a performance stage, clock tower and several sidewalks connecting the space to Risman Plaza.

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Some older news...

New recreation fields coming soon
Written by Darian Thomas Tuesday, 21 September 2010 19:03

The plans for the new recreation fields are in and are expected to be ready for the Fall 2011 school year and intramural season.

“As of right now, not much construction on the fields is being done, mostly just demolition,” Kim Rufra, associate director at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, said. ”The architects are still talking about the setup of the fields.”

According to the plans, the proposal includes two lit recreational fields, two tennis courts, a basketball court and an irrigation and drainage system to keep the turf in good condition.

Read More...
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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #80 on: October 02, 2010, 04:56:40 PM »
Where is the road for the bus stop?

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #81 on: October 05, 2010, 03:04:07 PM »
I especially like the ball on top of the clock tower, very profound.

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #82 on: November 08, 2010, 11:20:12 AM »
Architect Malcolm Holzman brings life to KSU with additions to Roe Green Center

Published: Sunday, November 07, 2010, 9:00 AM     Updated: Sunday, November 07, 2010, 8:45 PM
Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

Kent State University is a huge asset to Northeast Ohio. Its faculty and graduates are among the most interesting, successful and influential people in the region.

But let's be honest: Despite the presence of an architecture school on campus, the university does not look like a place that holds architecture, urban design, landscape architecture or city planning in high regard.

http://blog.cleveland.com/architecture/2010/11/post_2.html

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #83 on: January 18, 2011, 09:16:05 AM »
Roe Green Center gets some international pub:

Curtain up for Roe Green Center
Editorial
Performing arts centre at Kent State University given complete transformation

http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=15610

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #84 on: February 22, 2011, 11:47:11 AM »
KSU seeks more space, degrees for architecture: College applying for new master's program, wants to be in 1 building
Ben Wolford
February 21, 2011

And the lack of new facilities hasn’t seemed to drive away talented students. They grew just more than 2 percent between this spring and last to 747 undergraduate students (there are 74 grad students).
“Our incoming freshmen have the highest high school GPA of any college in the university. We have the highest SAT/ACT scores of any college in the university. We make up 11 percent of the Honors College,” Steidl said.
He listed three more statistics then said, “I could go on.”

http://www.recordpub.com/news/article/4984985

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #85 on: April 22, 2011, 07:02:00 AM »
KSU to resubmit building proposal

New student fee would pay for $250 million upgrade

By Paula Schleis
Beacon Journal staff writer

Published on Thursday, Apr 21, 2011

KSU's plans call for updating 30 buildings. Some need to be made more wheelchair accessible, some need technology updates and others need to be more energy efficient, Lefton said.

Because of leaking window panes in aging buildings, the university is ''spending tens of thousands of dollars, as my dad would say, 'heating the streets,' '' Lefton said.

The Art Building would be rebuilt and a new hall would be constructed for the College of Architecture & Environmental Design

http://www.ohio.com/news/120341009.html


It seems like they are trying to slip this by now that there is a new State Chancellor in place.

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #86 on: August 09, 2011, 10:44:49 AM »
KSU to get $300,000 grant for May 4 Center

Kent State University will receive a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for its future May 4 Visitors Center.

The NEH award to KSU is one of the largest to a university and is one of only eight in the state of Ohio.

The KSU project receiving NEH funding is a permanent, museum-style exhibit to create a May 4 Visitors Center on campus.

On May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard fired at demonstrators, wounding 13 Kent State students, four of them fatally.

http://www.recordpub.com/news/article/5078940

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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #87 on: December 07, 2011, 01:48:36 PM »
this isn't a big development, but ever since my summer classes, Bowman Hall has been undergoing some renovations.  really minor interior stuff and it is so so so bad. we got lime green chairs and counters along the hallway.  They really dropped the ball.  I would post pictures but ive been awake for longer than I'd like to admit and i gotta test in an hour.
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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #88 on: December 08, 2011, 10:51:29 AM »
this isn't a big development, but ever since my summer classes, Bowman Hall has been undergoing some renovations.  really minor interior stuff and it is so so so bad. we got lime green chairs and counters along the hallway.  They really dropped the ball.  I would post pictures but ive been awake for longer than I'd like to admit and i gotta test in an hour.

Bowman and Satterfield Halls
Interior Renovations    KSU-11L105    $1,000,000    
Design Firm: Office of the University Architect

That could be why right there


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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #89 on: December 09, 2011, 12:28:42 PM »
Bowman and Satterfield Halls
Interior Renovations    KSU-11L105    $1,000,000    
Design Firm: Office of the University Architect

That could be why right there
True story; they don't have a good track record.