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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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« Reply #59 on: May 02, 2017, 04:09:24 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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« 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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