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Akron: East End: Development and News
« on: March 17, 2014, 08:15:38 PM »
I thought there was an East End development thread, but I cannot find it.
Here is the progress on the new hotel in the old Goodyear area.





Edit: East End website: http://www.eastendakron.com/
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2014, 09:05:49 PM »
There was definitely an East End thread at some point; we might have lost it in the UOcalypse.

I haven't been out that way in a while now--good to see the new hotel starting to take visible shape!

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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2014, 09:24:17 PM »
You can always start a new thread!

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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2014, 03:15:40 AM »
I hope they put a nice restaurant in the hotel as promised.  I recently moved over to the heights and would love a nearby upscale choice.
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2014, 07:51:13 PM »
I hope they put a nice restaurant in the hotel as promised.  I recently moved over to the heights and would love a nearby upscale choice.

Are they putting a nice restaurant in the hotel or in the old bank portion of the Goodyear buildings?

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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2014, 07:59:17 PM »
Hotel topping-off ceremony marks milestone in East Akron development

By Jim Mackinnon
Beacon Journal business writer
Published: March 25, 2014 - 07:27 PM | Updated: March 26, 2014 - 12:21 PM

The Hilton Garden Inn, part of the ongoing redevelopment of the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. campus, was ďtopped offĒ about 3 p.m. as a massive crane delicately placed a 5-ton concrete slab holding a small evergreen tree and an American flag on the roof.

The crane operator was working blind ó he couldnít see the slab high over the hotel from his position inside the ground-level cabin.

http://www.ohio.com/business/hotel-topping-off-ceremony-marks-milestone-in-east-akron-development-1.476049

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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2014, 08:00:37 PM »
There will be nice restaurant in the Goodyear Hall. Doubt the hotel will have much of or any restaurant.

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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2014, 08:02:34 PM »
There will be nice restaurant in the Goodyear Hall. Doubt the hotel will have much of or any restaurant.

I would think they would have a bar with a small kitchen for "tapas" type crap...er, stuff at minimum.

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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2014, 08:03:18 PM »
They have some new renderings on the East End website:






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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2014, 12:26:12 AM »
The hotel is supposed to have a full service restaurant and bar from my understanding. I don't actually see the east end project portion of restaurants and retail in the near future.
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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2014, 08:00:28 AM »
Akron council approves tax break for Goodyear redevelopment project; money will be put back into the project

By Stephanie Warsmith
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Akron City Council voted Monday to approve a tax break on the redevelopment of the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. property, following through with an agreement approved last summer with the developer.

Council approved Tax-Increment Financing (TIF) for 30 years for the redevelopment of the old Goodyear headquarters, Goodyear Hall and former Goodyear medical center buildings.

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/akron-council-approves-tax-break-for-goodyear-redevelopment-project-money-will-be-put-back-into-the-project-1.537895

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« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2014, 02:18:36 PM »
Akron celebrates first new hotel since the 1980s

By Jim Mackinnon
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Published: November 18, 2014 - 08:36 PM | Updated: November 19, 2014 - 07:10 AM

The first hotel built in Akron in more than three decades is officially open for business.

The Hilton Garden Inn, a key part of Industrial Realty Groupís East End redevelopment project of the former Goodyear campus, held its grand opening late Tuesday afternoon.

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/akron-celebrates-first-new-hotel-since-the-1980s-1.542184

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« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2014, 02:23:59 PM »
Akron celebrates first new hotel since the 1980s

That's incredible!
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« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2014, 08:47:42 PM »
Akron celebrates first new hotel since the 1980s

That's incredible!
It is. All of the new Akron area hotels have gone up just beyond the city limits--in Montrose, on South Arlington in Springfield Township, etc. Of course, the city hasn't exactly been aggressive in attracting new ones. Even UA could probably benefit from having more near campus. Since it devoured Quaker Square, it doesn't have any designated campus hotels in proximity, which seems rather unusual for a university of its size.

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« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2014, 01:11:48 PM »
Akron celebrates first new hotel since the 1980s

That's incredible!
It is. All of the new Akron area hotels have gone up just beyond the city limits--in Montrose, on South Arlington in Springfield Township, etc. Of course, the city hasn't exactly been aggressive in attracting new ones. Even UA could probably benefit from having more near campus. Since it devoured Quaker Square, it doesn't have any designated campus hotels in proximity, which seems rather unusual for a university of its size.

They are working on it:
http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,8063.420.html

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« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2014, 06:59:47 PM »
Akron celebrates first new hotel since the 1980s

That's incredible!
It is. All of the new Akron area hotels have gone up just beyond the city limits--in Montrose, on South Arlington in Springfield Township, etc. Of course, the city hasn't exactly been aggressive in attracting new ones. Even UA could probably benefit from having more near campus. Since it devoured Quaker Square, it doesn't have any designated campus hotels in proximity, which seems rather unusual for a university of its size.

They probably would have had more potential success Downtown or at UA had they moved faster on hotels.  Now the market has been further saturated by all of the new suburban hotels.

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« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2014, 07:37:24 PM »
Akron celebrates first new hotel since the 1980s

That's incredible!
It is. All of the new Akron area hotels have gone up just beyond the city limits--in Montrose, on South Arlington in Springfield Township, etc. Of course, the city hasn't exactly been aggressive in attracting new ones. Even UA could probably benefit from having more near campus. Since it devoured Quaker Square, it doesn't have any designated campus hotels in proximity, which seems rather unusual for a university of its size.

They probably would have had more potential success Downtown or at UA had they moved faster on hotels.  Now the market has been further saturated by all of the new suburban hotels.

You're kidding right? People will stay at these hotels exactly because they are close to downtown and campus. That's the whole point of building them: to serve an under served segment of the market.

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« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2015, 09:40:30 PM »
East End developer ready to rent apartments in refurbished Goodyear Hall

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/east-end-developer-ready-to-rent-apartments-in-refurbished-goodyear-hall-1.585991

Come July, newly built apartments in Goodyear Hall will welcome their first tenants. And itís likely that the stretch of East Market Street in front will see major changes before the year is out as well.
Contractors continue to cut, saw, screw, hammer and drill away to put in windows, wallboard, plumbing, fixtures and do lots of other work at the six-story landmark building, part of the ongoing East End redevelopment of the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. campus in East Akron.
Work to build a large glass atrium and new entrance at the former Goodyear headquarters also is expected to start soon.

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« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2015, 10:15:10 PM »
^ What a great project. I'm glad it's all coming together. I wonder how they're doing with preleasing.

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« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2015, 04:38:54 PM »
^ What a great project. I'm glad it's all coming together. I wonder how they're doing with preleasing.
Stu Lichter mentioned in the article that they have already received a number of deposits for the first round of apartments, so I'm guessing that's a positive. Particularly considering that anything beyond a tiny studio is going to be out of range for all but some of the more established and successful professionals and well-to-do in the Greater Akron area, or else young professionals starting out that are willing to pair up and share a place together.

Their target market seems to be established executives and professionals at area anchor institutions and companies, e.g. University of Akron, Akron Public Schools, First Energy, Akron GeneralCleveland Clinic, Summa and Gojo, successful doctors and attorneys, and maybe also the handful of empty nester Boomers who aren't terrified of the city and are looking to downsize from their McMansions in Stow, Green, Medina, Portage County, etc.

In any case, it will be interesting to see how this progresses. I would love to see East End be successful and eventually extend that success throughout the old "Goodyear Valley/HQ district" and also into the gentrification and redevelopment of Middlebury, particularly around the Arlington/Market crossroads and Exchange terminus. A full-on renaissance for Middlebury is probably years down the road at this point, but you gotta start somewhere I guess.

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« Reply #20 on: November 12, 2015, 10:01:05 AM »
East End redevelopment of former Goodyear campus hits milestones
By Jim Mackinnon
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Itís a milestone week for The East End redevelopment project of the former Goodyear campus ó and thereís more work to be done.

The East End Residences, which involved converting the former Goodyear Hall into 105 apartments and retail space while retaining the large gymnasium and 1,200-seat theater, celebrated its grand opening Wednesday. The first tenants moved in during July.

http://www.ohio.com/business/jim-mackinnon/east-end-redevelopment-of-former-goodyear-campus-hits-milestones-1.639817

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« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2015, 09:06:46 AM »
East End Residences development in Akron might be tip of the iceberg
More buildings await reinvention at former Goodyear headquarters
By Stan Bullard

The lights are back on at the former Goodyear Hall in Akron ó and may even snap on and off more at night than in the past.

Thatís because people are living in the six-story building at 1220 East Market St., which has been repurposed from former offices to the East End Residences. The apartment building is the second project in Downey, Calif.-based Industrial Realty Groupís massive remake of the former corporate headquarters of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The first addition was a Hilton Garden Inn that opened in 2014 on East Market, a year after IRG finished a new global headquarters for the tire maker at 200 Innovation Way.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20151220/NEWS/151219907/east-end-residences-development-in-akron-might-be-tip-of-the-iceberg#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccl-akronmorning&utm_campaign=ccl-akronmorning-20151221

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« Reply #22 on: December 22, 2015, 02:03:10 PM »
Similar to comments in that article, I heard one-bedrooms are full. Now waiting-list stage.
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« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2015, 08:56:36 AM »
Similar to comments in that article, I heard one-bedrooms are full. Now waiting-list stage.

Are they market rate or affordable housing?

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« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2015, 07:02:14 PM »
Both. Not sure of the breakdown but there are some of each. The website shows the units/floorplans so you can get an idea there.
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« Reply #25 on: December 28, 2015, 08:00:33 AM »
Both. Not sure of the breakdown but there are some of each. The website shows the units/floorplans so you can get an idea there.

Looking back on some of the old articles, it says 22 affordable, 105 total. Honestly surprised they are almost full charging $1.15 - $2 s.f.

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« Reply #26 on: January 07, 2016, 08:21:44 PM »
No street facing retail opened yet, but the old gymnasium was refurbished and there is a group called Rubber City Sports running out of that. There is a picture of the gym on their site. http://www.rubbercitysports.com/associations/associations_about/rubber-city-sports
Pretty solid foot traffic from that already. The old theater is currently being renovated. Pretty sure streetscape renovations for Market will follow that.
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« Reply #27 on: January 07, 2016, 08:30:59 PM »
In addition to the ground level space directly facing Market, you also have the corner of the building that was the old bank. They are planning a restaurant in that space.
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« Reply #28 on: January 08, 2016, 07:37:14 AM »
Yes, I'm aware of all of that. There are no amenities in that area though to support living. That's why I'm surprised. It basically the same circumstances that Northside Lofts faced / faces. High prices and no amenities.

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« Reply #29 on: January 08, 2016, 10:03:43 AM »
Yes, I'm aware of all of that. There are no amenities in that area though to support living. That's why I'm surprised. It basically the same circumstances that Northside Lofts faced / faces. High prices and no amenities.
I agree on there not being anything in the immediate vicinity as far as amenities. The Northside Lofts even have Luigi's right there. Nothing like that around here. Closest thing of note is probably the new Goodyear HQ.  This does have the benefit of being immediately off 76/77. Also probably helps that it is apartments and not condominiums like the Northside Lofts.
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« Reply #30 on: January 09, 2016, 12:21:41 PM »
I guess Akron has to start somewhere. It would probably help a great deal if East End leads to efforts to redevelop a larger part of the East Market corridor back towards Downtown Akron, particularly through the woefully neglected "Middlebury Triangle" crossings of Arlington, East Exchange and East Market. That area during Akron's Rubber Industry heyday had department stores and functioned as a "Second Downtown" of sorts. Decades of disinvestment and blight have rendered it an afterthought, but East End seems to have the potential to lead to its resurrection.

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« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2016, 11:47:26 AM »
I guess Akron has to start somewhere. It would probably help a great deal if East End leads to efforts to redevelop a larger part of the East Market corridor back towards Downtown Akron, particularly through the woefully neglected "Middlebury Triangle" crossings of Arlington, East Exchange and East Market. That area during Akron's Rubber Industry heyday had department stores and functioned as a "Second Downtown" of sorts. Decades of disinvestment and blight have rendered it an afterthought, but East End seems to have the potential to lead to its resurrection.
That reminds me there is a supermarket right there on Exchange. That isn't far at all from this project.
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« Reply #32 on: January 11, 2016, 02:20:47 PM »
I guess Akron has to start somewhere. It would probably help a great deal if East End leads to efforts to redevelop a larger part of the East Market corridor back towards Downtown Akron, particularly through the woefully neglected "Middlebury Triangle" crossings of Arlington, East Exchange and East Market. That area during Akron's Rubber Industry heyday had department stores and functioned as a "Second Downtown" of sorts. Decades of disinvestment and blight have rendered it an afterthought, but East End seems to have the potential to lead to its resurrection.
That reminds me there is a supermarket right there on Exchange. That isn't far at all from this project.

True, I guess Middlebury / Dave's Market is not that far from these apartments.

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« Reply #33 on: January 11, 2016, 08:40:32 PM »
^It really isn't. Between East End now and Dave's, the Middlebury area seems to have two solid anchors to support additional redevelopment within this particular part of Akron. Granted, it would be helpful if the two were a little closer together for starters, but I could still very easily see the city targeting this particular corridor for redevelopment and reinvestment.

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« Reply #34 on: January 17, 2016, 11:31:25 AM »
It'll be interesting to see how the city handles the streetscape changes with this development. I think they are widening sidewalks and adding some street parking and then eliminating traffic lanes along with that. I'm curious if that'll just apply to Market there starting at Goodyear Blvd or how far up Market it'll stretch.

I think Market and/or Exchange from this area straight through Middlebury to the UA campus could be prime for some type of street level change. They are still busy roads but certainly not as heavily traveled as they used to be.
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« Reply #35 on: March 15, 2016, 09:27:16 AM »
Two new concert venues coming to Akron's East End complex
March 15, 2016 Updated 19 minutes ago
By Sue Walton

The former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. headquarters on East Market Street will even see more life soon as two new concert venues are set to debut there.

Goodyear Theater, with a seating capacity of 1,458, will open Wednesday, April 12, according to a March 15 news release. The other venue is Goodyear Hall with a capacity of 3,500. The release did not specify an opening for the hall.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20160315/NEWS/160319885/two-new-concert-venues-coming-to-akrons-east-end-complex#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccl-akronbreaking&utm_campaign=ccl-akronbreaking-20160315

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« Reply #36 on: March 15, 2016, 03:11:21 PM »
Two new concert venues coming to Akron's East End complex
March 15, 2016 Updated 19 minutes ago
By Sue Walton

The former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. headquarters on East Market Street will even see more life soon as two new concert venues are set to debut there.

Goodyear Theater, with a seating capacity of 1,458, will open Wednesday, April 12, according to a March 15 news release. The other venue is Goodyear Hall with a capacity of 3,500. The release did not specify an opening for the hall.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20160315/NEWS/160319885/two-new-concert-venues-coming-to-akrons-east-end-complex#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccl-akronbreaking&utm_campaign=ccl-akronbreaking-20160315

I wonder how this will affect the Akron Civic Theater's bookings.

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« Reply #37 on: March 18, 2016, 08:56:12 AM »
There's givething and takething away ... remember that EJ Thomas dramatically reduced its public availability due to UA's budget crisis.  That said, I'm surprised that any developer identified a market for two new concert venues in the East End, regardless of what happened at EJT.

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« Reply #38 on: March 18, 2016, 11:17:44 AM »
These seem rather large, but in general I think it's hard to go wrong with concert venues.  Akron has a rich musical history and might want to promote that more.
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« Reply #39 on: March 21, 2016, 09:12:04 PM »
Sounds like a key part of the (re-)development strategy for East End. Two brand new concert venues (hopefully) draw in people, who in turn attract more entertainment venues--bars, restaurants, etc., which then draw in more people, and so on.

Probably doesn't hurt either that the Hilton Garden Inn provides the district with a legitimate nearby hotel and place for concertgoers to crash.

I do wonder as well though, how much these will compete with and take away business from the Civic Theater, which has been barely staying afloat for years while competing with EJ Thomas for events, at least up until recently. Unfortunately, Akron just doesn't seem to be the sort of place these days that can support multiple large concert venues, particularly with Cleveland being so relatively close.

Not that East End itself is a bad concept overall, but the city doesn't so much need two more indoor stages for touring performers as much as it could benefit from simply having a few more vibrant "go-to" districts in addition to Downtown and Highland Square, places with a more or less organic mix of restaurants, shops, and outdoor public space, as well as unique attractions.

Honestly, they'd probably be better off renting out the old Goodyear Hall Gymnasium to Akron Public Schools and surrounding school districts for high school basketball games. East High/CLC in particular could desperately use a bigger main gym that seats more than 500 people for games and other events. Several area suburban high schools have practice facilities that are less cramped.

Meanwhile, maybe they could use the Goodyear Theater for screening movies.

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« Reply #40 on: March 22, 2016, 02:47:09 AM »
^ I wondered already and am still wondering how the Civic will fare. There was a plan floated a few years ago to fix up the buildings around the Civic. Wonder what happened?  Also Akron leaders recently returned from a visit to Greenville, SC to learn from that city's renaissance. I wonder what Akron's leaders learned and what they are doing about it.

Two new concert venues coming to Akron's East End complex
March 15, 2016 Updated 19 minutes ago
By Sue Walton

The former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. headquarters on East Market Street will even see more life soon as two new concert venues are set to debut there.

Goodyear Theater, with a seating capacity of 1,458, will open Wednesday, April 12, according to a March 15 news release. The other venue is Goodyear Hall with a capacity of 3,500. The release did not specify an opening for the hall.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20160315/NEWS/160319885/two-new-concert-venues-coming-to-akrons-east-end-complex#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccl-akronbreaking&utm_campaign=ccl-akronbreaking-20160315

I wonder how this will affect the Akron Civic Theater's bookings.

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« Reply #41 on: March 23, 2016, 12:51:04 PM »
The Civic is doing fine now. They hired a national company a couple years ago to do bookings which in-turn brought national acts to the venue. Before they did everything in house.
The Landmark Block, as it is known, around the Civic has been under developer control since before the market crash. I had heard that it was up for option at the end of last year, but I think the developer renewed it. This is all hearsay, so I'm not sure what actually is happening.
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« Reply #42 on: April 02, 2016, 06:39:36 PM »

Honestly, they'd probably be better off renting out the old Goodyear Hall Gymnasium to Akron Public Schools and surrounding school districts for high school basketball games. East High/CLC in particular could desperately use a bigger main gym that seats more than 500 people for games and other events. Several area suburban high schools have practice facilities that are less cramped.

No basketball but the old gym has been hosting volleyball and futsal (indoor soccer) and they seem to have it filled up pretty good. Weeknight leagues and weekend tournaments seem to keep it pretty packed.

Also, construction has started on East Market to do the streetscape changes. E Market from clock tower down to around Hilton down to 2 lanes.
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« Reply #43 on: April 03, 2016, 11:08:28 AM »
There's givething and takething away ... remember that EJ Thomas dramatically reduced its public availability due to UA's budget crisis.  That said, I'm surprised that any developer identified a market for two new concert venues in the East End, regardless of what happened at EJT.

It's a "growth industry" in a lot of cities, Musica is pretty successful but a little dated now, and EJT/UA is a disaster even though Akron actually has great demographics for entertainment. OKC has gone from having no respectable live music venue besides the symphony hall, to 6 awesome ones under development right now. Austin opens a new music hall every other year.

I could see this working and being a huge success here. Worst case it will be great for the first few years and really establish the East End, and 15 years from now people will say "Yeah do you remember that concert hall at Goodyear? They used to get pretty decent shows back then.."

Yet another Akron project that other mid-sized Midwestern cities would kill for...
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« Reply #44 on: April 24, 2016, 03:39:37 PM »
Concerts start this week.
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« Reply #46 on: October 17, 2016, 11:53:31 AM »
E Market in this area has been under construction adding the street parking for awhile. Looks like it is close. Arches over road as seen below going in this week.
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« Reply #47 on: October 18, 2016, 09:29:51 AM »
Cool! Yes, that area has been a mess all Summer.

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« Reply #48 on: November 06, 2016, 01:58:19 AM »
Love the arches! But I also wonder if there is any sort of historical significance/precedent for them along that stretch of East Market? Or were they perhaps inspired by the stretch of High Street in Columbus's Short North district?

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« Reply #49 on: November 06, 2016, 07:52:50 AM »
Love the arches! But I also wonder if there is any sort of historical significance/precedent for them along that stretch of East Market? Or were they perhaps inspired by the stretch of High Street in Columbus's Short North district?

Good question. For what it's worth it was an Akron company that installed the High Street arches.

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« Reply #50 on: November 21, 2016, 10:23:12 AM »
Streetscape improvements in East Akron completed in seven months
By Marilyn Miller
 Published: November 18, 2016 - 09:14 PM

The city of Akronís $5.5 million streetscape improvements project at the east end of East Market Street is complete.

The redevelopment project, which began in April, showcases a main thoroughfare and centerpiece corridor at the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. headquarters, now known as East End.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/streetscape-improvements-in-east-akron-completed-in-seven-months-1.728283#

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« Reply #51 on: November 23, 2016, 09:00:30 AM »
Between the East End portion and the building they are tearing down at the corner of Market and Case, traffic has been an absolute mess. Starting to look great though. Curious what retailers go into the building.
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« Reply #54 on: March 23, 2017, 10:11:06 AM »
Summa moving HQ.
http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/03/summacare_to_move_operations_t.html
Wow, kind of a big hit for Downtown.
Main Street north of Market really seems kind of dead (more-so than normal) with the 59 project and this move certainly only contributes more. I think this is very big for the East End though. This could become what many though the North Side Lofts were going to be for Akron. With Summa heading into that complex, I think retail isn't far behind.

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I'm extremely interested to see what initiatives Akron takes to link Downtown with this area. Heard a presentation from Downtown Akron Partnership a couple weeks ago discussing upcoming Main Street project and Route 59 project and how that'll help link neighborhoods on the other side of 59 to Downtown.

Route 8 isn't going anywhere and that'll act as a bit of a divider between Middlebury Neighborhood/East End vs Campus/Downtown but improvements to Market and Exchange could really help fuse together both areas and really benefit the whole city.
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« Reply #55 on: March 24, 2017, 10:04:40 AM »
Basically the three corners of Main & Market will be vacant in the coming months.

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« Reply #56 on: March 27, 2017, 08:32:12 AM »
Basically the three corners of Main & Market will be vacant in the coming months.

Plenty of workers in the block immediately South on Main. The biggest issue I've seen is that those workers are much more likely to head toward Main/Exchange than Main/Market because there isn't really reason to be at that Market intersection. You've got Musica/Uncorked and a couple other places a block up but those really don't have the draw of a lot of those food places down towards Exchange.
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« Reply #57 on: March 28, 2017, 02:23:08 PM »
Basically the three corners of Main & Market will be vacant in the coming months.

Plenty of workers in the block immediately South on Main. The biggest issue I've seen is that those workers are much more likely to head toward Main/Exchange than Main/Market because there isn't really reason to be at that Market intersection. You've got Musica/Uncorked and a couple other places a block up but those really don't have the draw of a lot of those food places down towards Exchange.

Right, but I'm not just talking about foot traffic, I mean a lot of downtown employees relocated to which there has been no replacement.

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« Reply #58 on: May 02, 2017, 02:39:11 PM »
Development Continues at Steady Pace on East Side
Things continue to move along at East End (former Goodyear Headquarters & Factory) on East Market and the surrounding area. Apartments in Goodyear Hall almost completely rented out, and business is booming at the Hilton Garden Inn. The hotelís bar and restaurant has also proven to be a favorite meeting place, not only for guests and Goodyear visitors, but also for Eastsiders. The 2 concert venues are doing well, and IRG says construction may begin soon on a 3-unit retail building across from the hotel that will include a Starbucks w/drive-thru.

Summa Health is moving a couple hundred employees into the renovated Goodyear Offices across Market Street, which hopefully will be the first of many businesses going in here. The street improvements on Market, with the East End sign arches, street parking and bike lanes look great as well.

This, combined with the massive expansion of the car dealerships further East, have transformed the area between Market Street and Goodyear Boulevard into something very campus-like. Hopefully, IRG and the City will be able to preserve and find new uses for the old Goodyear Junior High School and the former YMCA. Further up the Boulevard, the effort has begun to get Goodyear Heights listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the local neighborhood organization has a new website promoting the areaís historic character, affordable housing and encouraging future investment.

Itís taken a while, but hopefully this area of town will regain much of its former vitality, and some of these new efforts can take advantage of its easy accessibility from I-76, which is a real advantage.

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Development Continues at Steady Pace on East Side
Things continue to move along at East End (former Goodyear Headquarters & Factory) on East Market and the surrounding area. Apartments in Goodyear Hall almost completely rented out, and business is booming at the Hilton Garden Inn. The hotelís bar and restaurant has also proven to be a favorite meeting place, not only for guests and Goodyear visitors, but also for Eastsiders. The 2 concert venues are doing well, and IRG says construction may begin soon on a 3-unit retail building across from the hotel that will include a Starbucks w/drive-thru.

Summa Health is moving a couple hundred employees into the renovated Goodyear Offices across Market Street, which hopefully will be the first of many businesses going in here. The street improvements on Market, with the East End sign arches, street parking and bike lanes look great as well.

This, combined with the massive expansion of the car dealerships further East, have transformed the area between Market Street and Goodyear Boulevard into something very campus-like. Hopefully, IRG and the City will be able to preserve and find new uses for the old Goodyear Junior High School and the former YMCA. Further up the Boulevard, the effort has begun to get Goodyear Heights listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the local neighborhood organization has a new website promoting the areaís historic character, affordable housing and encouraging future investment.

Itís taken a while, but hopefully this area of town will regain much of its former vitality, and some of these new efforts can take advantage of its easy accessibility from I-76, which is a real advantage.

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« Reply #60 on: May 03, 2017, 07:44:36 AM »
A Starbucks in the heights. That will definitely attract people from off of the highway. There isn't one with a near direct entance/exit from 76 between Wadsworth and Austintown. That's a long distance.
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« Reply #61 on: May 07, 2017, 07:19:59 PM »
I do like the progress that I see happening on Akron's east side, but it's still quite a ways from being Highland Square or Downtown. There's little reason yet to get out of your car and walk around down there, despite the presence of the arches, which look like someone pulled them straight out of Columbus's Short North district. At the very least, they need some storefront spaces accessible along East Market for shops and restaurants if they are truly aiming to create vibrancy like what High St. in Columbus has.

I am also curious as to what the fate of the old Goodyear Middle School building will be. It was actually the original East High School before the current East High/CLC building was built on Brittain Road in the 1950s. It was built in the early 20s and definitely has some structural issues for parts of it being nearly 100 years old, but I wonder if it could be renovated and converted into more apartments and professional offices? Seems like it would be a waste to just tear it down and create more lot or showroom space for Ganley.

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« Reply #62 on: May 08, 2017, 09:30:56 AM »
I do like the progress that I see happening on Akron's east side, but it's still quite a ways from being Highland Square or Downtown. There's little reason yet to get out of your car and walk around down there, despite the presence of the arches, which look like someone pulled them straight out of Columbus's Short North district. At the very least, they need some storefront spaces accessible along East Market for shops and restaurants if they are truly aiming to create vibrancy like what High St. in Columbus has.

I am also curious as to what the fate of the old Goodyear Middle School building will be. It was actually the original East High School before the current East High/CLC building was built on Brittain Road in the 1950s. It was built in the early 20s and definitely has some structural issues for parts of it being nearly 100 years old, but I wonder if it could be renovated and converted into more apartments and professional offices? Seems like it would be a waste to just tear it down and create more lot or showroom space for Ganley.
I don't see why it couldn't. The question would be is there demand for it. Seeing as how the Goodyear building filled, I would say there is. Although, I don't understand it.

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« Reply #63 on: May 08, 2017, 12:34:53 PM »
I suppose it may ultimately come down to whether a converted school building is viewed as logical extension of East End up the Market Street corridor. Given the successful conversion of the former Akron West High School building into a senior citizens' home on West Hill though, I would think it would be a waste to see the former Akron East High School building simply bite the dust.

Heck, maybe they can even restore the old swimming pool in the basement!

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« Reply #64 on: May 09, 2017, 10:55:11 AM »
I suppose it may ultimately come down to whether a converted school building is viewed as logical extension of East End up the Market Street corridor. Given the successful conversion of the former Akron West High School building into a senior citizens' home on West Hill though, I would think it would be a waste to see the former Akron East High School building simply bite the dust.

Heck, maybe they can even restore the old swimming pool in the basement!

That's the exact building I was thinking of.

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« Reply #65 on: May 11, 2017, 11:40:20 AM »
I cannot see those storefronts on the east side of Market sitting empty too much longer. Especially once Summa moves in.
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« Reply #66 on: May 11, 2017, 12:33:59 PM »
Agreed, assuming some developer doesn't come along and tear them down to build something else.

It is a bit unfortunate though the way I-76 cuts into the E. Market corridor at Innovation Way. It tends to limit East End's potential to expand or at least influence further eastward development. I suspect that some of this will continue to happen anyway, but I think there will be more interest in redeveloping the section of Goodyear Blvd with the old parking lots for Goodyear employees, as well as the Case/Market intersection, and "Downtown" Middlebury around the intersection of Exchange, Market, and Arlington.

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« Reply #67 on: May 24, 2017, 01:20:35 PM »
The retail spaces fronting Market St. in the old Goodyear Hall will find tenants; there have already been special events held in the old bank building (which is a pretty spectacular space) and IRG says they already have a restaurant seriously looking at it.

While it will be sometime before it approaches anything like a Highland Square, the area has a great advantage in that it is so quickly and  easily accessible from I-76 - unlike The Square, which you have to drive [through] town to reach, especially now with the demolition of the Innerbelt. Down the road (sorry for the pun) this makes it more attractive for "destination" retail and entertainment.  This is one reason why the square footage available at East End would be a great location for an eventual "Brewery District" for example. Whatever you do, you need that critical mass of something to pull regionally.

It will take a long time to fill existing space in the old Goodyear Main Office & factory space; IRG already says they will now be using some of that (across from the Goodyear Hall apartments) for additional residential as well, since the response was so strong. This should increase retail opportunities even further. While the corridor along Market St. (to the east) is pretty narrow, the observation that the campus-like area along Goodyear Boulevard offers many possibilities is spot-on. I think APS may still own the school building, but I also think IRG has first dibs, and has already expressed an interest; the city own the YMCA building there, which is also empty.  The large parking lots and ball field across from Goodyear Research could offer many uses as well - not to mention Blue Pond across the street, if it could ever be reclaimed for recreational use.

Another interesting project in that area is the bikeway being planned that would run just south (along) I-76 parallel to Market, which would curve behind the old Goodyear Plant and use the raised RR trestle that crosses River St. - the idea is a bike-path version of NYC's High Line, terminating near the Market/Exchange area.

I've also noticed a lot of work south , alongside I-76, where the old plastic/rubber mold factory and adjacent buildings have been demolished. The area is not only being cleared, but very carefully leveled - as if it's being already prepped for some construction.  No need for parking lots, though :-D, so whatever is going on there is a mystery. Have heard nothing.

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« Reply #68 on: May 24, 2017, 01:43:57 PM »
Agreed, assuming some developer doesn't come along and tear them down to build something else.
What do you mean? One developer (IRG) owns the buildings on both sides of the street at East End.

It is a bit unfortunate though the way I-76 cuts into the E. Market corridor at Innovation Way. It tends to limit East End's potential to expand or at least influence further eastward development. I suspect that some of this will continue to happen anyway, but I think there will be more interest in redeveloping the section of Goodyear Blvd with the old parking lots for Goodyear employees, as well as the Case/Market intersection, and "Downtown" Middlebury around the intersection of Exchange, Market, and Arlington.
I-76 doesn't cut across the East / West boundary until Ellet. E. Market St. extends for a good bit that could be influenced to the East, but hopefully it will go to the West towards Downtown.

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« Reply #69 on: May 24, 2017, 01:48:46 PM »
The retail spaces fronting Market St. in the old Goodyear Hall will find tenants; there have already been special events held in the old bank building (which is a pretty spectacular space) and IRG says they already have a restaurant seriously looking at it.

While it will be sometime before it approaches anything like a Highland Square, the area has a great advantage in that it is so quickly and  easily accessible from I-76 - unlike The Square, which you have to drive [through] town to reach, especially now with the demolition of the Innerbelt. Down the road (sorry for the pun) this makes it more attractive for "destination" retail and entertainment.  This is one reason why the square footage available at East End would be a great location for an eventual "Brewery District" for example. Whatever you do, you need that critical mass of something to pull regionally.
Not sure what the Innerbelt construction has to do with Highland Sq. If you have seen the plans and the current work being done, basically nothing is changing in terms of traffic patterns. It's more like a road diet.
Brewery district would be cool, but there is a better location on Grant St. for that with two brewery's and a brew pub coming online soon. Need more than two to make a district though, IMO.

It will take a long time to fill existing space in the old Goodyear Main Office & factory space; IRG already says they will now be using some of that (across from the Goodyear Hall apartments) for additional residential as well, since the response was so strong. This should increase retail opportunities even further. While the corridor along Market St. (to the east) is pretty narrow, the observation that the campus-like area along Goodyear Boulevard offers many possibilities is spot-on. I think APS may still own the school building, but I also think IRG has first dibs, and has already expressed an interest; the city own the YMCA building there, which is also empty.  The large parking lots and ball field across from Goodyear Research could offer many uses as well - not to mention Blue Pond across the street, if it could ever be reclaimed for recreational use.

If APS still owns the school building they are required to offer it to charter schools first and then it has to go to public auction. That is why they have historically torn them down, because they don't want charter schools getting them.

Another interesting project in that area is the bikeway being planned that would run just south (along) I-76 parallel to Market, which would curve behind the old Goodyear Plant and use the raised RR trestle that crosses River St. - the idea is a bike-path version of NYC's High Line, terminating near the Market/Exchange area.

I've also noticed a lot of work south , alongside I-76, where the old plastic/rubber mold factory and adjacent buildings have been demolished. The area is not only being cleared, but very carefully leveled - as if it's being already prepped for some construction.  No need for parking lots, though :-D, so whatever is going on there is a mystery. Have heard nothing.

ALSO: (for mods) the original post was not a news article, but a summary of information I have gathered on my own.
Cool, thanks!
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« Reply #70 on: May 24, 2017, 03:13:12 PM »
@yanni_gogolak -- I was thinking a bit further down E. Market, past East End and Innovation way. The fact that I-76 was expanded back in the 90s in such a way that it cut into the block on the one side of the street. Before I-76 was built out, East Market was once a thriving corridor in its own right, much as West Market still is today in Wallhaven and Fairlawn.

I agree with you though as far as the potential for westward development. Linking East End to "Downtown" Middlebury--the convergence of Market, Main and Arlington streets--is key to reviving East Akron.

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« Reply #71 on: May 24, 2017, 03:45:23 PM »
@RubberSoul -- I would love to see something constructive done with Blue Pond and the area immediately surrounding it. It was open to swimming and recreation in Goodyear Heights' early days, and my understanding is that Goodyear even maintained a small amusement park around it for employees and residents during a few years between WWI and WWII. It's been fenced off since Goodyear started to move out of the community development business and didn't want to assume all of the liabilities associated with recreation. Plus they had Wingfoot Lake out in Suffield Township. I know there is also some concern about chemicals being dumped into the pond over the years. If these could be cleaned up, it would be easy to see Summit Metro Parks taking it over and at least turning into some kind of nature preserve.

I also think fixing up the lower part of Goodyear Blvd through this stretch is an eventuality. If East End eventually fuels Middlebury's rebirth to the west, there should also be the potential for a spillover effect back up Goodyear Blvd, which could further in turn support a renaissance in Goodyear Heights. I'm guessing at this point that we're probably somewhere between 20-30 years of this all playing out, but who knows?

@yanni_gogolak -- The charter law is stupid, IMHO. We are losing buildings like the old East High/Goodyear building with great potential for being remodeled into residences and similar uses now, all because state elected officials are falling over themselves to help the charter school lobbyists who give kickbacks to their campaigns. Given these conditions, of course APS will sooner demo it than let it go to a company that stands to benefit at the expense of the district. The real loser is the city, however, which loses a piece of its cultural and architectural heritage every time an old building that could be preserved and converted to a new and productive use, gets torn down instead.

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« Reply #72 on: May 24, 2017, 08:47:02 PM »
The more I think about it, the more I can see East End potentially being a keystone for the redevelopment of Akron's long-neglected inner east side area, including East Akron, Middlebury and Goodyear Heights (probably much less so Ellet and Akron's other east-side suburban communities like Tallmadge and Springfield). Granted though, it's going to take some far more substantial economic players than Summa Care and even Goodyear at this point for that to happen. Maybe some of Akron's newer home-grown companies will be able to develop to the point of taking on such roles?

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« Reply #73 on: May 26, 2017, 10:50:10 AM »
Having worked for a local charter school for five years, I was aware of the law, but honestly, that building is so big - and even though it is still functional to an extent (it was updated over the years) I doubt that any charter school organization would touch it - it just doesn't fit their needs, and would be too big an investment to maintain, heat. etc. I think someone, somewhere has a plan for it - which may be the only reason it's still standing.

There was a nice recreational park around Blue Pond years ago, but it fell out of use in the 1930's after Reservoir Park was constructed. It was supposed that chemicals from Goodyear Research made their way into the pond later on, but the site is no longer on EPA radar, having been "archived" some time ago - which means that it poses no significant threat and that it's no longer subject to testing or monitoring.

Work is currently underway to get Goodyear Heights on the National Register of Historic Places, which should be helpful in preserving the historic character of the area and encouraging housing investment. The neighborhood advocacy group has already reached out to IRG regarding the relationship between East End and the Heights (and Middlebury, too) so the connection there is well understood.

There's even a preliminary action plan posted on the Goodyear Heights website.

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