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Re: Akron: Downtown: Development and News
« Reply #90 on: August 16, 2017, 04:31:52 PM »
One of my friends was actually in a band here in town called the Akronyms a while back.  I actually was curious whether any of them were also later involved in the brewery, but I don't think so.

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Re: Akron: Downtown: Development and News
« Reply #92 on: September 05, 2017, 05:31:53 PM »
Akron hopes innovation will jump ahead with planned BOUNCE district
By DAN SHINGLER
September 03, 2017 4:00 am

Businesses are going to be key to the success of Akron mayor Dan Horrigan's new venture, the BOUNCE Innovation District, planned for the area around Canal Place on South Main Street.

That's according to, among others, David Zipper, the main man who helped the city conceive of BOUNCE.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170903/news/134231/akron-hopes-innovation-will-jump-ahead-planned-bounce-district


Akron Honey abuzz with new product focus
By JENNIFER KARPUS-ROMAIN
September 03, 2017 4:00 am

Brent Wesley is known around Northeast Ohio for his hustle. He started Akron Honey Co. in June 2013 and gained a lot of local notoriety after appearing on CNBC's reality business show "Cleveland Hustles" in 2016.

On the show, he turned down a $100,000 investment because he still needed to figure out where he wanted his company to go.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170903/news/134236/akron-honey-abuzz-new-product-focus

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Re: Akron: Downtown: Development and News
« Reply #93 on: October 04, 2017, 08:29:16 AM »
Akron Public Schools consider buying SummaCare building downtown
Published: October 3, 2017 - 5:39 PM | Updated: October 3, 2017 - 10:35 PM   
By Katie Byard
Beacon Journal staff writer

Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James said the district is considering acquiring the soon-to-be-vacant SummaCare building in downtown Akron as the possible new administration building.

James said in a district newsletter released Tuesday that he, other administrators and board members have toured the building at Main and Market streets and ďbelieve the building could be excellent for our needs.Ē

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/akron-public-schools-eyeing-summacare-building-in-downtown-akron

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« Reply #94 on: October 04, 2017, 10:35:25 AM »
I guess that's better than having the building be vacant.  Would like something a less less governmental there, but so it goes.  Not like an insurer was really a big contributor to nightlife and vitality in that area anyway, and the giant federal building is also on that corner, so it's not like it's likely to develop into a thriving cultural area anyway (even with the Historic District literally less than a block away).

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Re: Akron: Downtown: Development and News
« Reply #95 on: October 09, 2017, 10:30:58 AM »
Akron's new Northside Marketplace is place for retail and entrepreneurs to grow
By SUE WALTON     
October 08, 2017 

Joel Testa sees the new Northside Marketplace as an antidote to retail's woes.

"This is how we bring retail back," the president of Testa Companies said on a recent tour of the project.

He also sees it as a springboard for young Akron businesses to gain a foothold. And if those companies can do that, it's another step in revitalizing downtown and bringing in residents.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20171008/news/138061/akrons-new-northside-marketplace-place-retail-and-entrepreneurs-grow

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« Reply #96 on: October 09, 2017, 05:44:27 PM »
I guess that's better than having the building be vacant.  Would like something a less less governmental there, but so it goes.  Not like an insurer was really a big contributor to nightlife and vitality in that area anyway, and the giant federal building is also on that corner, so it's not like it's likely to develop into a thriving cultural area anyway (even with the Historic District literally less than a block away).

The original plan was apparently for APS to move out of 70 N. Broadway and consolidate its offices into the 400 W Market building, which formerly housed McDonalds' corporate offices, and has since served as temporary "swing space" for schools that were being renovated or rebuilt. APS now owns that building outright.

I can see how APS buying the SummaCare building might raise some eyebrows around the community though, particularly when the district was supposedly short of the money and students needed to rebuild Kenmore and Garfield high schools separately. So how do they justify purchasing a relatively new HQ building--and at a major downtown intersection at that--while the district continues to shrink?

Administrative bloat, anyone?

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« Reply #97 on: October 10, 2017, 09:48:12 AM »
I guess that's better than having the building be vacant.  Would like something a less less governmental there, but so it goes.  Not like an insurer was really a big contributor to nightlife and vitality in that area anyway, and the giant federal building is also on that corner, so it's not like it's likely to develop into a thriving cultural area anyway (even with the Historic District literally less than a block away).

The original plan was apparently for APS to move out of 70 N. Broadway and consolidate its offices into the 400 W Market building, which formerly housed McDonalds' corporate offices, and has since served as temporary "swing space" for schools that were being renovated or rebuilt. APS now owns that building outright.

I can see how APS buying the SummaCare building might raise some eyebrows around the community though, particularly when the district was supposedly short of the money and students needed to rebuild Kenmore and Garfield high schools separately. So how do they justify purchasing a relatively new HQ building--and at a major downtown intersection at that--while the district continues to shrink?

Administrative bloat, anyone?

Kenmore and Garfield were combined because both had declining enrollment. I think one of them only was about 50% full. Also, the State said they will only kick in for one more new school build. The State pays almost 60% of the cost.

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Re: Akron: Downtown: Development and News
« Reply #98 on: October 11, 2017, 12:38:18 PM »
Stark State buying land for gateway to Akron campus
Published: October 10, 2017 - 9:19 AM | Updated: October 10, 2017 - 8:26 PM   
By Katie Byard
Beacon Journal staff writer

Stark State College is moving forward on its plan to create a prominent entrance off East Market Street to its under-construction Akron campus.

Stark State has asked for the state Controlling Boardís approval to purchase 2.12 acres of land near Market and Forge streets at the northeast edge of downtown Akron for $660,000.

https://www.ohio.com/akron/business/stark-state-buying-land-for-gateway-to-akron-campus

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« Reply #99 on: October 12, 2017, 07:29:06 AM »
Wholly Joe Coffee to add downtown Akron location
Updated on October 11, 2017 at 2:36 PM Posted on October 11, 2017 at 2:32 PM
By Megan Becka, special to cleveland.com

AKRON, Ohio - Wholly Joe Coffee House and Bakery will open its second Akron location at 333 South Main Street in November.

The coffee house will feature fair-trade and organically grown coffees, along with teas, sandwiches, soups and baked goods. Like its Merriman Road location, all coffees will be roasted in-house and used within a week for optimal freshness.

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/10/wholly_joe_coffee_to_add_downt.html#incart_river_index

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« Reply #100 on: October 31, 2017, 07:56:16 AM »
New downtown Akron outdoor art gallery adds to Northside Districtís vibrancy
Published: October 16, 2017 - 7:28 PM | Updated: October 16, 2017 - 8:35 PM
By Katie Byard

No one is going to care if the paintings get wet at the new outdoor art gallery in downtown Akronís Northside District.

Thatís because the large paintings ó installed on a wall along Furnace Street at the districtís entrance ó are actually reproduced works of art on vinyl.

https://www.ohio.com/akron/lifestyle/new-downtown-akron-outdoor-art-gallery-adds-to-northside-districts-vibrancy




Akron's new Northside Marketplace embodies shop local, with 35 retail start-ups   
Updated on September 13, 2017 at  5:34 PM Posted on September 13, 2017 at  5:33 PM
By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

  AKRON, Ohio -- The new Northside Marketplace, soon to open on the ground floor of the Northside Lofts, is designed as more than a shopping destination.
With support from Downtown Akron Partnership and the Knight Foundation, Testa Companies' new indoor marketplace, planned to open in October, will serve as a kind of incubator to help startup companies grow, while offering Akronites a unique place to shop and gather.

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/09/new_northside_marketplace_set.html
 

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« Reply #101 on: November 01, 2017, 05:20:18 PM »
A campus with a view; Stark State College Akron emerges; set to open fall 2018
Published: November 1, 2017 - 5:28 PM | Updated: November 1, 2017 - 5:47 PM
 By Katie Byard
Beacon Journal staff writer

From the ground, it looks like a typical construction site.

Inside, the new Stark State College campus taking shape offers a sweeping view of downtown Akron.

Students will get to enjoy that view when the $14 million brick-and-glass building, visible from state Route 8, opens in fall 2018.

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/breaking-news-news/a-campus-with-a-view-stark-state-college-akron-emerges-set-to-open-fall-2018

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Re: Akron: Downtown: Development and News
« Reply #102 on: November 06, 2017, 11:54:13 AM »
Akronís about to get $20 million in housing
Published: November 5, 2017 - 6:14 PM | Updated: November 6, 2017 - 12:39 PM
By Doug Livingston
Beacon Journal staff writer

Akron builders plan to break ground next year on $20 million in housing for Americaís newest and oldest residents.

The two projects ó a plot of 40 town homes in North Hill, where a glut of immigrants are gobbling up housing, and 40 apartments in Middlebury for the elderly ó have Testa written all over them.

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/akrons-about-to-get-20-million-in-housing



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« Reply #103 on: November 14, 2017, 02:25:40 PM »
Akron gets $2 million in state aid, sells old building for $500,000 to company it nurtured
Published: November 13, 2017 - 8:10 PM | Updated: November 14, 2017 - 1:56 PM
By Doug Livingston
Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

company hatched in Akronís business incubator is buying a building the city canít afford to maintain. And the city is accepting $2 million from the state to build a new business incubator.

Akron City Council fast-tracked an agreement Monday with the University of Akron to apply up to $2 million in state capital funds for the coming fiscal year to the Bounce Project, the cityís newest engine for tech entrepreneurs. The grant money was approved in Ohioís 2018-19 Transportation Budget.

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/city-get-2-million-in-state-aid-sells-old-building-for-500000-to-company-it-nurtured

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« Reply #104 on: Yesterday at 04:22:56 PM »
Akron land swap geared toward hundreds of medical jobs and tens of millions in private development
Published: November 20, 2017 - 8:20 PM | Updated: November 21, 2017 - 7:20 AM
By Doug Livingston

Akron Childrenís Hospital is swapping property with the city in a deal that could keep hundreds of jobs downtown, inspire tens of millions of dollars in private development and carve out Akronís first designated childrenís area.

Akron City Council fast-tracked a proposal Monday to accept $1.8 million and give two properties (listed in 26 separate parcels, valued at $2.9 million) to Akron Childrenís Hospital. In return, the hospital gave the city the Wills Lot (listed in three parcels valued at $115,000) on the other side of the innerbelt near Glendale Cemetery. The city is giving up nearly $1 million to make the deal.

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/akron-land-swap-geared-toward-hundreds-of-medical-jobs-and-tens-of-millions-in-private-development