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« on: October 08, 2013, 09:18:05 AM »
Akron moving ahead with plans to improve Cascade Plaza

By Stephanie Warsmith
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published: October 7, 2013 - 10:54 PM

Planning Director John Moore said the plaza project will involve ripping off the concrete plaza, resealing the deck underneath and converting the plaza to green space, including adding plantings, benches and tables. A wall will be taken down so the plaza can be seen from Main Street.

“It should be a significant improvement,” Moore said of the work, which is expected to be completed by next summer.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/akron-moving-ahead-with-plans-to-improve-cascade-plaza-1.435081
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 09:22:02 AM »
Last Saturday I happened to be Downtown when they were putting the new bridge in place from the new Akron Children's Hospital to the new Hospital they are building. Pretty interesting considering they had to twist it 90 degrees in between to existing buildings and it has to fit pretty much exactly.










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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 08:48:26 PM »
Canal Park getting face-lift; fans getting new seats, views, food

By Phil Trexler
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published: January 28, 2014 - 01:12 PM | Updated: January 28, 2014 - 01:36 PM

Ken Babby is continuing his transformation of Akron’s downtown minor-league baseball scene.

In the 15 months or so that he’s owned the ball club, Babby has changed the team’s name to the RubberDucks, installed a new scoreboard hailed as the best in Double-A leagues, he’s spruced up the concourses and brought a renewed interest to the 17-year-old franchise.

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/canal-park-getting-face-lift-fans-getting-new-seats-views-food-1.462388

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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2014, 10:31:35 AM »
Akron developer plans to convert old tire shop into apartments, retail; warehouse is near towpath, downtown
By Stephanie Warsmith
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Published: September 8, 2014 - 10:31 PM | Updated: September 9, 2014 - 08:03 AM

Akron Developer Tony Troppe again plans to take a historic building and update it for modern uses.

This time, Troppe has his sights set on the Cascade Lofts building, a former tire shop on North Street near Howard Street and close to the towpath.

Akron City Council on Monday approved Troppe’s plans to convert the warehouse into a combination of loft apartments and retail. They praised Troppe, who previously restored several sites in the downtown area, including the United, Everett and Kaiser buildings and the Musica complex, for tackling another historic structure.

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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2014, 11:00:16 AM »
I'm glad that is finally moving, he had signage up for that since he bought the building a few years ago.

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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2014, 12:01:32 PM »
FirstEnergy considering new building for Akron headquarters but wants to remain downtown
By Betty Lin-Fisher
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Published: December 4, 2014 - 06:17 PM | Updated: December 4, 2014 - 08:58 PM

FirstEnergy Corp. is considering a move out of its downtown Akron headquarters but would stay in the heart of the city.

City spokeswoman Stephanie York said Akron officials are aware that the electric utility might be interested in moving from 76 S. Main St.

“What we know is that FirstEnergy is coming to the end of their lease, and that their desire is to stay downtown,” York said Thursday in an email. “We are excited that they are looking to stay downtown (whether in the same building or not), just as we are energized about the increased vitality and development of downtown over the past dozen years.”

...The Akron-based parent company of Ohio Edison employs 900 at its downtown headquarters, Schneider said, and takes up all 19 floors at the current location.

Another 600 employees work at the company’s offices in West Akron off White Pond Drive.

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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2015, 02:39:47 PM »
Akron Children’s buys century-old church property near downtown campus; church might combine with Faith Lutheran in Fairlawn

By Katie Byard,Cheryl Powelland Colette Jenkins
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Published: January 14, 2015 - 10:49 AM | Updated: January 15, 2015 - 02:11 PM

 Akron Children’s Hospital recently bought a century-old church building at the corner of Bowery and Cedar streets as part of future plans to expand its downtown campus.

The hospital paid $750,000 to St. John/St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church for the building at 282 W. Bowery St. in a deal that closed last week, according to tax records.

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/akron-children-s-buys-century-old-church-property-near-downtown-campus-church-might-combine-with-faith-lutheran-in-fairlawn-1.558320

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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2015, 02:47:45 PM »
^ Happy 100th birthday, beautiful church. And good luck....

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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2015, 12:04:03 PM »
Downtown Akron may get another hotel; proposal for United Building gets tax credit
By Katie Byard Published: June 30, 2015

 Another hotel may be in the works for downtown Akron.

The state has awarded an Ohio Historic Preservation tax credit to a $11.9 million project that would turn the eight-story United Building into a boutique hotel.

The tax credits are designed to spur rehabilitation of historic properties. The state granted a credit valued at roughly $1 million to the United Building project.

http://www.ohio.com/blogs/your-business/your-business-1.567844/downtown-akron-may-get-another-hotel-proposal-for-united-building-gets-tax-credit-1.604406

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« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2015, 08:18:44 PM »
Summary of recent developments and challenges....

Neighborhoods around downtown Akron still blighted, after millions invested downtown: Post Plusquellic
By John Harper, Northeast Ohio Media Group
on August 28, 2015 at 8:30 AM, updated August 28, 2015 at 8:35 AM

AKRON, Ohio – Neighborhoods near downtown Akron are struggling more than anywhere else in the city, even after former mayor Don Plusquellic's administration spent hundreds of millions sprucing up the city's core.

Akron received a glowing report in a recent Western Reserve Land Conservancy survey of vacant homes and properties, with one glaring exception: neighborhoods near downtown.

Akron's neighborhoods are by no means in perfect shape, the report found, but are far better off than counterparts in other Midwestern cities, in part because the city has aggressively bulldozed many offending properties.

"We were really surprised, Akron was in amazingly good shape," said Jim Rokakis, president of the land conservancy. "The entire city had fewer vacancies than one service area in Cleveland."

But near downtown, where hundreds of millions of dollars were poured into revitalization projects under former Mayor Don Plusquellic, housing stock continues to languish as it did 55 years ago.

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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2015, 11:46:05 AM »
Not to state the obvious, but the quality of the housing stock in many of those areas nearer Downtown Akron was simply poorer to begin with.  You cannot make the East End or Lane-Wooster into Tremont or Ohio City, because the built environment there is simply completely different.

Also, I don't know of any Cleveland neighborhood (Cleveland proper, that is) that would compare to Fairlawn Heights, the Merriman-Portage corridor, or the better parts of the Will Christy Park neighborhood.  Those are deep grey but otherwise reasonably stable neighborhoods, but they're also closer to the edges of the city.  More affordable neighborhoods near those (Wallhaven, Castle Park, Highland Square) are large enough and affordable enough to absorb basically all younger urban pioneers that Akron has been able to attract or retain, so there has been basically no redevelopment pressure on the really poor neighborhoods closer to downtown (though I'm not sure where the "hundreds of millions" stat comes from--that raises a caution flag in my brain).

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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2015, 09:48:46 AM »
What a horrible article. This is like saying crime an dilapidated housing still exist in East Cleveland even after all of the hundred of millions put into University Circle.

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« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2015, 09:42:54 AM »
Not to state the obvious, but the quality of the housing stock in many of those areas nearer Downtown Akron was simply poorer to begin with.  You cannot make the East End or Lane-Wooster into Tremont or Ohio City, because the built environment there is simply completely different.

What?  Tremont is filled with low cost houses that were built for factory workers.  How is that any different than... low cost houses built for factory workers?  Other than being in the shadow of a steel mill vs. the shadow of a tire factory, I don't see much difference other than Akron bulldozed almost all of the commercial infrastructure in those neighborhoods.

The reality is Akron destroyed the neighborhoods ringing Downtown and haven't left much to work with.  The Innerbelt decimated the near west side, "urban renewal" completely leveled the Howard Street corridor on the north side, and 77/76 and the Interchange cut off the south side.  The University and the city have done an efficient job at removing the original fabric of the east side.

One could point to West Hill as a neighborhood that has some nice housing stock and hasn't completely disintegrated.  It's in the shadow of downtown.  It's just missing the commercial component.

"I put a clock on the outside, to tell people it's time for downtown," Troppe said.

That quote made the whole article worthwhile.

In the argument about Cleveland's nearby neighborhoods being better, is Ohio City really any closer than Highland Square?  And I don't see the area around CSU doing any better than the area around UA unless you count massive low income housing developments.  South of downtown Cleveland rolls into Slavic Village which isn't exactly a hotspot.

So really what they are saying is that directly to the west of downtown Cleveland there is neighborhood revitalization.

I've read the authors other articles about Akron and it appears he writes from an outsiders perspective.

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« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2015, 11:21:51 AM »
Filling Akron business district's streets and cafes starts with filling empty buildings
September 27, 2015 UPDATED 2 DAYS AGO

By JUDY STRINGER
If it sounds cliché to say “Akron is at a crossroads,” try this one on for size: “If you build it, they will come.”

No, the latter is no less trite, but it does appear that the Rubber City is in a position where – with the right set of visionaries, developers and financers – the reclamation of empty or underutilized properties could very well reposition the downtown district as vibrant place to – forgive this last cliché – “live, work and play.”

Overall, office-space vacancy in Akron’s central business district hovers somewhere between 12% and 20%, depending on who’s doing the tracking. The city’s economic development office and the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce peg vacancies at around 12%. Real estate advisory firm CBRE quotes a more conservative 20.5%.

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« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2015, 08:17:10 PM »
^Great article. I've  often wondered why Akron hasn't seemed to learn lessons from the redevelopment boom that's hit certain Cleveland neighborhoods. Downtown Akron has great bones and could be a very attractive place to live. In my dreams there would be a streetcar connecting Highland Square to downtown and looping around the University. In my wildest dreams.

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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2015, 01:29:18 AM »
Ran into an old friend on a flight the other day. As a consultant, she was instrumental in getting the food truck scene up and running in Cleveland and in Portland, where she now resides. Anyhow, at one point in our catching-up conversation she expressed displeasure that after ten years the city of Akron still had food truck regulations "under review process."


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« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2015, 02:06:57 PM »
Ran into an old friend on a flight the other day. As a consultant, she was instrumental in getting the food truck scene up and running in Cleveland and in Portland, where she now resides. Anyhow, at one point in our catching-up conversation she expressed displeasure that after ten years the city of Akron still had food truck regulations "under review process."



I think I read some history about her a few years back when the food truck issues started to arise.
At any rate, I'm not sure what is under review. They have regulations in place and there is a yearly registration fee. I think it's at least $1,000 and trucks are not allowed to be parked on public property.

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« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2015, 09:19:17 AM »

Basically, this regulatory scheme is designed to ban food trucks in Akron without coming right out and saying so.

You're dead on. Basically the City and other "interests" have taken the approach that food trucks are bad news for other restaurants instead of letting the market determine what good and bad food is.

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« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2015, 09:20:56 AM »
Filling Akron business district's streets and cafes starts with filling empty buildings
September 27, 2015 Updated 21 hours ago
By JUDY STRINGER

Overall, office-space vacancy in Akron’s central business district hovers somewhere between 12% and 20%, depending on who’s doing the tracking. The city’s economic development office and the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce peg vacancies at around 12%. Real estate advisory firm CBRE quotes a more conservative 20.5%.

Either way, Akron appears to be keeping pace with the thriving office markets of Cleveland, which has about 18% vacancy, and Columbus, with about 15% vacancies and the built-in economic advantage of housing the state government, according to CBRE.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20150927/NEWS/150919867/filling-akron-business-districts-streets-and-cafes-starts-with#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccl-akronmorning&utm_campaign=ccl-akronmorning-20150929



Fluff piece. Either way, I thought the Cleveland vacancy rate was more like 8%...anyone?
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« Reply #19 on: September 29, 2015, 06:34:57 PM »
^KJP posted that article a few days ago. It's a bit fluffy, but still informative as it shows city leaders are well aware of what needs to happen with these vacant buildings on Main Street. It's been so long since any movement, I was beginning to wonder if anyone in city government was doing anything or aware of anything regarding these spaces. I would love to see more residential in downtown Akron, and rehabbing buildings is the best way to get it.
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« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2015, 07:52:44 AM »
^KJP posted that article a few days ago. It's a bit fluffy, but still informative as it shows city leaders are well aware of what needs to happen with these vacant buildings on Main Street. It's been so long since any movement, I was beginning to wonder if anyone in city government was doing anything or aware of anything regarding these spaces. I would love to see more residential in downtown Akron, and rehabbing buildings is the best way to get it.
The City knows what it needs, but is too scared to take anything away from anybody who has been sitting on these properties.

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« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2015, 08:52:01 AM »
For a city of its size and despite its many attributes, Akron is remarkably lacking in liveliness.

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« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2015, 03:28:20 PM »
For a city of its size and despite its many attributes, Akron is remarkably lacking in liveliness.
It's too convenient to get anywhere by car and nobody has taken any big chances downtown like MRN or The Bingham project, unless you count the Northside Lofts which were planned and built during the market crash.

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« Reply #23 on: October 02, 2015, 04:06:05 PM »
There are bits and pieces of housing sprinkled throughout downtown. It just isn't providing density. Sounds like there could be some movement all around Cascade plaza. Obviously with the Landmark building there is some plan to get that moving now that i think the asbestos abatement is done.  I wouldn't be surprised if there is a future project involving the former Ramada hotel and maybe another tower to get converted to residential.  This coming Sunday the ABJ will have an article regarding the need for mixed use buildings downtown in one of the things they learned from Akron leaders trip to Greensville,SC.  Next week, the likely next Akron mayor is doing a walking tour downtown discussing his ideas for the inner-belt which should also include residential.  I think the city realizes now that a tiny placeholder population downtown won't cut it in what people expect for even smallish to medium sized cities.

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« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2015, 08:15:53 PM »
There are bits and pieces of housing sprinkled throughout downtown. It just isn't providing density. Sounds like there could be some movement all around Cascade plaza. Obviously with the Landmark building there is some plan to get that moving now that i think the asbestos abatement is done.  I wouldn't be surprised if there is a future project involving the former Ramada hotel and maybe another tower to get converted to residential.  This coming Sunday the ABJ will have an article regarding the need for mixed use buildings downtown in one of the things they learned from Akron leaders trip to Greensville,SC.  Next week, the likely next Akron mayor is doing a walking tour downtown discussing his ideas for the inner-belt which should also include residential.  I think the city realizes now that a tiny placeholder population downtown won't cut it in what people expect for even smallish to medium sized cities.

The asbestos abatement on the Landmark has been done for quite a while, that wasn't what was holding that up.  What benefits are there to doing the City Centre hotel?  I thought historic tax credits were the leveraging point for most residential conversions.

I would be surprised if many people on that trip were not already aware of the need for mixed use and residential developments downtown.

Not to downplay the opportunity that the innerbelt presents, but I would rather seem them build on some of the many parking lots downtown first.


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« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2015, 10:15:26 PM »
For a city of its size and despite its many attributes, Akron is remarkably lacking in liveliness.
It's too convenient to get anywhere by car and nobody has taken any big chances downtown like MRN or The Bingham project, unless you count the Northside Lofts which were planned and built during the market crash.
After growing up and spending so much of my life in Akron, and then traveling to and living in other cities, I came to the conclusion that Akron, for whatever reason, just never quite developed--or at least was never able to sustain--the cultural depth and resiliency in its neighborhoods that we see in larger cities like Cleveland and Pittsburgh. I suspect it much it has to do with the fact that Akron is a "satellite city" to Cleveland within the region, something that is becoming increasingly evident with consolidations like the board of realtors, and the purchase/takeover of Akron General by the Cleveland Clinic, with a strong bias towards consolidation of operations in Cleveland. Cleveland is where the vast majority of the action takes place these days in NE Ohio.

It would probably be fairer to compare Akron with Toledo and Dayton, cities that are of similar population size and outlook, and that also increasingly function as satellites of the principal cities within their respective regions (Toledo < Detroit; Dayton < Cincinnati). Dayton and Toledo aren't exactly known for having lively, vibrant communities/entertainment districts either. Liveliness may be an attribute most often found in the principal regional hub, something that can easily be said for Cincy, and even Detroit. Much less so for satellites like Dayton and Toledo.

We've got Downtown, Highland Square, and I guess the Merriman Valley somewhat. If Akron were thriving, maybe there would be a few more places, like East End on East Market and Middlebury (East Market/East Exchange/Arlington) that would be seeing investment to make them lively spots as well. For now, I think the city's key focus should be on attracting more residential development to Downtown and the neighborhoods immediately surrounding it. Start with strengthening the core, making it strong and vibrant, and then work your way out of it again.

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« Reply #26 on: November 05, 2015, 08:49:39 AM »
Maybe it's simply familiarity breeding contempt, but Akron just seems to have a knack for self-inflicted wounds.  The food truck regulations I posted above are just emblematic of the mentality of local government leaders here.  Anything new is more likely to be perceived as threatening than exciting.

However, in fairness, one of Akron's major costs of doing business/costs of living has been taken out of its control.  Because of a draconian EPA mandate that even the Democratic city administration of Don Plusquellic fought bitterly (and I really do mean bitterly), Akron's water and sewer rates are absolutely stratospheric.  The former mayor called them "unconscionable."  Many of the candidates for his seat made the rates central to their campaigns, knowing how large a source of pain for the city's poorer residents they are.
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« Reply #27 on: November 05, 2015, 10:41:02 AM »
I don't want to make this an Akron punching bag thread, but I came to @NEOBuckeye's conclusion years ago.

Build Canal Park +
Then tear down most of Oneal's Building -
U of A renovates Polsky +
U of A closes off the bulding to Main St. -
Renovate historic building into Jillians +
Immediately tear it down for cookie cutter dorms -
Build Infocision Stadium on campus +
Virtually no spinoff development takes place -

Now I love the little section of downtown with Musica and the beautiful Art Museum of course, and the library 2.0. But the thing with Akron, to me is, it's always one step forward, one step back. Like there's never enough traction. It's very frustrating.
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« Reply #28 on: November 05, 2015, 10:45:59 AM »
The food truck restrictions in Akron are just downright small-minded and asinine. Even suburbs like Fairlawn and bass-akwards Norton of all places can see and grasp their benefit, and they are typically the places most resistant to such trends.

Plusquellic hit a lot of nails squarely on the head, but he was way off the mark on this one. Maybe Horrigan will have a different take on them?

It's receptivity and an anti-red tape to creative, entrepreneurial trends hitting cities now like Food Trucks that really go a long way towards supporting vibrancy and a stronger social fabric through engagement.

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« Reply #29 on: November 05, 2015, 10:52:05 AM »
@surfohio I wish we could take the corner of Downtown with Musica, the Art Museum, etc., connect it better with Northside and expand it all into a full-blown arts district with a mix of the old and new--renovated buildings along with mixed-use complexes with ground floor retail, residential and office units. This is the sort of grand-scale, bigger picture development that Akron has sorely been lacking.

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« Reply #30 on: December 16, 2015, 12:29:38 PM »
AAA Akron Auto Club breaks ground on new headquarters

DOWNTOWN AKRON — AAA Akron Auto Club officials broke ground Dec. 2 on the travel club’s new headquarters, to be built at 100 Rosa Parks Drive.

Doors to the new office are expected to open sometime in the second half of 2016, the 110th year of AAA Akron’s existence, AAA officials said. The headquarters is currently located at 111 W. Center St.

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Old Studebaker building near downtown demolished for future St. Vincent-St. Mary High School use; preservationists disappointed

By Betty Lin-Fisher
Beacon Journal business writer
Published: December 20, 2015 - 10:06 PM

A building that started as a Studebaker car dealership in 1928, but in recent years has been the target of graffiti, has come down near downtown Akron.

The vacant building and lot at the corner of West Market and West streets has been owned for many years by the St. Vincent-St. Mary High School foundation, said school Principal Tom Carone.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/old-studebaker-building-near-downtown-demolished-for-future-st-vincent-st-mary-high-school-use-preservationists-disappointed-1.648922#





Mayor-elect Horrigan agrees with Akron-Chamber Greenville, S.C. participants: Master plan for downtown Akron is first step

By Betty Lin-Fisher
Beacon Journal business writer
 Published: December 19, 2015 - 09:03 PM

When 47 civic and business leaders took a three-day visit to Greenville, S.C., one person not on the trip, but watching closely, was Akron mayor-elect Dan Horrigan.

Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Dan Colantone had said it was decided after some discussion to invite current leaders on the trip, which was designed to see how the South Carolina town redeveloped its downtown, among other things.

http://www.ohio.com/business/lin-fisher/mayor-elect-horrigan-agrees-with-akron-chamber-greenville-s-c-participants-master-plan-for-downtown-akron-is-first-step-1.648764


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« Reply #32 on: February 22, 2016, 09:52:55 PM »
Huntington to keep regional headquarters in Akron after FirstMerit merger
By John Harper, cleveland.com
on February 22, 2016 at 10:53 AM, updated February 22, 2016 at 12:19 PM

AKRON, Ohio -- Huntington Bank will operate a regional headquarters and foundation in Akron after it completes its merger with FirstMerit, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Huntington, which is on the hook to keep at least 1,150 people employed in Akron through 2018 per a job-creation agreement with the city, told the newspaper that it could add even more jobs at the FirstMerit tower in downtown Akron. It will also run a charitable foundation similar to FirstMerit's, specifically for Akron and Summit County.

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« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2016, 06:57:58 AM »
This is what I've been wondering since the merger was announced. What will it mean for the jobs in downtown Cleveland? Isn't that Huntington's regional headquarters right now?

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« Reply #34 on: May 05, 2016, 07:59:43 AM »
PNC wants its name in lights on downtown Akron building
By Betty Lin-Fisher
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Published: May 4, 2016 - 05:43 PM

PNC Bank wants people to look to the Akron skyline and think of the bank.

The Pittsburgh-based bank or its predecessors — the bank bought National City in 2008 — have had a downtown Akron presence for 47 years.

Yet, while other tall buildings in downtown’s skyline including FirstMerit Bank and FirstEnergy Corp. have their names emblazoned on their buildings, PNC’s 23-story, dark brown building has had no branding on top. It has some limited signage at street level.

http://www.ohio.com/business/pnc-wants-its-name-in-lights-on-downtown-akron-building-1.680630#

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« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2016, 08:15:33 AM »
Stage Left building next to Akron’s Civic Theatre faces final curtain
By Jim Mackinnon
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Published: May 12, 2016 - 07:43 PM | Updated: May 13, 2016 - 08:47 AM

Other than acknowledging Main Street Partners remains interested in its remaining properties next to the Civic, Crews said he could not comment on any plans.

“I know it’s important. People want to know,” he said. “I really can’t talk about it at this minute.”

http://www.ohio.com/business/stage-left-building-next-to-akron-s-civic-theatre-faces-final-curtain-1.682600

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« Reply #36 on: June 27, 2016, 08:35:12 AM »
Akron looks to spark long-delayed development project on Main Street
June 25, 2016 Updated 17 hours ago
By JENNIFER CONN

An April 1 letter from the mayor to the developer detailed a final series of cures for the retail buildings. To avoid default, Main Street Partners also must pay all past due property taxes within 120 days (Aug. 1); begin construction within 90 days (July 1); and complete construction within 180 days (Oct. 1).

In meetings following the April 1 letter, the mayor and Main Street Partners agreed to reduce the number of buildings in the project from the Landmark and the five retail spaces to only the Landmark and the two buildings just south of it. The remaining three retail buildings will be put out for bid to other developers, the mayor said.

Jack Crews, Main Street Partner principal, said he anticipates the project will move but could not yet disclose the contractor for the project nor details of its funding. Crews said under the project, the Landmark will be redeveloped to provide 76 one- and two-bedroom, market-rate residential units, while phase two of the project would create 30 additional residential units in the retail buildings.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20160625/NEWS/160619984/akron-looks-to-spark-long-delayed-development-project-on-main-street#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccl-akronmorning&utm_campaign=ccl-akronmorning-20160627

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« Reply #37 on: July 28, 2016, 09:28:06 AM »
Akron receives federal grant to help it embark on Downtown Promenade project
July 27, 2016 Updated 17 hours ago
By Sue Walton

The city of Akron long has been looking to transform Main Street, and now it has the federal funds to help it do it.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the city a $5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to support the Downtown Akron Promenade project, according to a Wednesday, July 27, press release.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20160727/NEWS/160729793/akron-receives-federal-grant-to-help-it-embark-on-downtown-promenade#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccl-akronmorning&utm_campaign=ccl-akronmorning-20160728

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« Reply #38 on: July 30, 2016, 04:08:19 AM »
I'm curious to see how the Downtown Promenade investment turns out, plus the roundabout that they are talking about as well, something that seems rather unusual and unexpected for Downtown Akron. The funny thing is, I could see it working though, and that it will probably wind up becoming the first of dozens of additional others to be installed around town at key places in various communities. Who knew that Tallmadge Circle would ever become a sort of model to be duplicated, even if on a smaller scale?

Between this and the Better Block demos--Middlebury this weekend (East Market & South Arlington)--it does seem like Akron is trying to jump start its redevelopment, even if it is a painstakingly slow process. But we are starting to see the outward flow of ideas and also the seeding of new potential within the city under Horrigan's administration, processes that were really stagnant for years during Plusquellic's administration. Perhaps by the end of the decade, we will be able to see something in the way of genuine fruit growing out from these renewal efforts.

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« Reply #39 on: August 19, 2016, 09:47:27 AM »
Akron opens new bike trail through downtown
By Rick Armon
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Published: August 18, 2016 - 08:30 PM | Updated: August 19, 2016 - 10:44 AM

A parade of bicyclists on Thursday christened Akron’s new cycle track — a loop that runs along South Main Street and the Towpath Trail downtown.

The path is part of the city’s effort to become more bicycle friendly and to encourage people to leave the Towpath Trail and experience downtown.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/akron-opens-new-bike-trail-through-downtown-1.705693
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« Reply #40 on: August 31, 2016, 08:26:38 AM »
Akron Civic Theatre to undergo another renovation
By Rick Armon
Published: August 30, 2016 - 01:24 PM | Updated: August 31, 2016 - 07:07 AM

he giant chandelier in the grand lobby of the Akron Civic Theatre is due for a polish.

The downtown theater plans to use a $530,000 grant from the state and is seeking another $50,000 through the Summit County Land Bank to refurbish the chandelier, make repairs to its roof, and upgrade electrical work and heating and air conditioning.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/akron-civic-theatre-to-undergo-another-renovation-1.708314#

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« Reply #41 on: October 11, 2016, 01:15:38 PM »
Akron wants to move Lock 4 redevelopment forward; files complaint against developer
By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com
on October 11, 2016 at 10:57 AM, updated October 11, 2016 at 12:33 PM

KRON, Ohio -- The city of Akron wants the deeds back to key properties in the heart of the central business district.

The buildings, intended to provide much-needed downtown residential housing, have sat stagnant despite a development agreement inked years ago.

The city recently filed a complaint in Summit County Common Pleas Court and wants Main Street Partners and BTE Enterprises, both headed by Jack Crews of Kent, and Greg Kaser of Terramark Partners in Georgia, to respond by the end of the month.

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2016/10/akron_looks_to_move_lock_4_red.html

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« Reply #42 on: November 12, 2016, 12:42:56 PM »
AAA Akron Auto Club opens in new downtown home

By Betty Lin-Fisher
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Published: November 11, 2016 - 03:40 PM

The AAA Akron Auto Club has moved into its new home in downtown Akron, just across the street from the Metro regional transit station on South Broadway.

“We definitely have a transportation theme here,” President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Thomas said as he looked out of his office window to the Metro station across the street. “We have the bus depot and trains passing by behind it.”

http://www.ohio.com/business/aaa-akron-auto-club-opens-in-new-downtown-home-1.726549#


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« Reply #43 on: November 16, 2016, 08:42:54 AM »
Akron redevelopment plan outlines steps to a vibrant downtown
November 15, 2016 Updated 2 hours ago
By CRAIN'S AKRON BUSINESS

It's no secret that residential housing has been a key talking point for plenty of Akron officials about how to invigorate downtown. Now that issue — and focusing on a revitalized Main Street — is front and center in Phase 1 of the Downtown Vision and Redevelopment Plan Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan unveiled Tuesday, Nov. 15, at a news conference.

"To compete regionally and nationally, Akron must have a thriving and prosperous urban core," Horrigan said in a statement. "We have remarkable potential for growth in Akron, but we need a long-term vision for our downtown and a deliberate, realistic plan to create conditions that will spur catalytic private sector investment."

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20161115/NEWS/161119772/akron-redevelopment-plan-outlines-steps-to-a-vibrant-downtown#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccl-akronmorning&utm_campaign=ccl-akronmorning-20161116&email_realestate

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« Reply #44 on: February 14, 2017, 12:28:49 PM »
Akronym Brewing hopes for fall opening in downtown Akron
By Rick Armon Published: February 14, 2017

 The street-level property, at 58 E. Market St., is across the street from the Crave restaurant and around the corner from the Akron Art Museum and Akron-Summit County Public Library. The Akronym partners hope to be an anchor in the area and spur additional development there.

“We found that spot through the city and couldn’t be more excited about where we’re at,” Adams said.

http://www.ohio.com/blogs/the-beer-blog/the-beer-blog-1.273124/akronym-brewing-hopes-for-fall-opening-in-downtown-akron-1.747299

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« Reply #45 on: February 16, 2017, 07:55:06 PM »
Akronym Brewing hopes for fall opening in downtown Akron
By Rick Armon Published: February 14, 2017

 The street-level property, at 58 E. Market St., is across the street from the Crave restaurant and around the corner from the Akron Art Museum and Akron-Summit County Public Library. The Akronym partners hope to be an anchor in the area and spur additional development there.

“We found that spot through the city and couldn’t be more excited about where we’re at,” Adams said.

http://www.ohio.com/blogs/the-beer-blog/the-beer-blog-1.273124/akronym-brewing-hopes-for-fall-opening-in-downtown-akron-1.747299

I always wondered if they'd ever find a tenant for that space. I expected an agency office or maybe a small law firm. Never thought it would be a brewery! I'm impressed.

Too bad we lost 3 Point at the same time, though. It would be nice to see that section of downtown reach some kind of critical mass of vibrancy.

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« Reply #46 on: February 17, 2017, 09:23:29 AM »
Akronym Brewing hopes for fall opening in downtown Akron
By Rick Armon Published: February 14, 2017

 The street-level property, at 58 E. Market St., is across the street from the Crave restaurant and around the corner from the Akron Art Museum and Akron-Summit County Public Library. The Akronym partners hope to be an anchor in the area and spur additional development there.

“We found that spot through the city and couldn’t be more excited about where we’re at,” Adams said.

http://www.ohio.com/blogs/the-beer-blog/the-beer-blog-1.273124/akronym-brewing-hopes-for-fall-opening-in-downtown-akron-1.747299

I always wondered if they'd ever find a tenant for that space. I expected an agency office or maybe a small law firm. Never thought it would be a brewery! I'm impressed.

Too bad we lost 3 Point at the same time, though. It would be nice to see that section of downtown reach some kind of critical mass of vibrancy.

There is already new plans in the works for the 3 Point space.

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« Reply #47 on: February 21, 2017, 06:22:29 PM »
well...that was fast. Hooray!
Developers team up on $25 million plan to reopen City Center Hotel in downtown Akron

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/developers-team-up-on-25-million-plan-to-reopen-city-center-hotel-in-downtown-akron-1.748735

Highlights-
-Hotel will be six floors, 80-90 rooms, rest market-rate Apartments
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« Reply #48 on: February 21, 2017, 06:34:10 PM »
well...that was fast. Hooray!
Developers team up on $25 million plan to reopen City Center Hotel in downtown Akron

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/developers-team-up-on-25-million-plan-to-reopen-city-center-hotel-in-downtown-akron-1.748735

Highlights-
-Hotel will be six floors, 80-90 rooms, rest market-rate Apartments
-Beer garden on former Helipad (I didnt know this existed) on roof
-19th floor ballroom converted to lounge space and Theater for Hotel and Apartment Guests

This sounds awesome. Akron has such great bones, it's nice to see a bit more meat being put on them.

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« Reply #49 on: February 22, 2017, 09:56:02 AM »
Akron plans to make 4 downtown one-way roads two-way
By Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com
on February 21, 2017 at 2:56 PM, updated February 21, 2017 at 2:58 PM

AKRON, Ohio -- Driving downtown in Akron might look drastically different soon, as the city looks to convert four major one-way streets to two-way traffic, Mayor Dan Horrigan said.

Work on W. Exchange Street is expected to begin in the spring. Converting it and its pair, Cedar Street, to two-way traffic could slow down traffic, said Mayor Dan Horrigan. That would make the area more pedestrian friendly, attracting businesses.

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/02/akron_plans_to_convert_four_do.html#incart_river_home


Looks like it would be Exchange / Cedar and Broadway and High.
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« Reply #50 on: February 22, 2017, 10:39:44 AM »
I don't see much more happening development-wise downtown until all these big construction projects are done on I76, innerbelt, sewer project, updating main st which includes State st bridge, and this exchange and Cedar update. 
  The innerbelt project/road diet will give First Energy the option to build a new HQ on reclaimed land should they want to. That decision is probably a year or 2 away. 
 

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« Reply #51 on: February 22, 2017, 11:35:24 AM »
Akron plans to make 4 downtown one-way roads two-way
By Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com
on February 21, 2017 at 2:56 PM, updated February 21, 2017 at 2:58 PM

AKRON, Ohio -- Driving downtown in Akron might look drastically different soon, as the city looks to convert four major one-way streets to two-way traffic, Mayor Dan Horrigan said.

Work on W. Exchange Street is expected to begin in the spring. Converting it and its pair, Cedar Street, to two-way traffic could slow down traffic, said Mayor Dan Horrigan. That would make the area more pedestrian friendly, attracting businesses.

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/02/akron_plans_to_convert_four_do.html#incart_river_home


Looks like it would be Exchange / Cedar and Broadway and High.

I am shocked. In a good way.

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« Reply #52 on: February 22, 2017, 11:39:25 AM »
There is still a great deal of development potential downtown even without the completion of the Innerbelt or the sewer project, though of course the sewer project greatly handicaps the ability of the City itself to do much other than offer tax abatements (which the mayor strongly intends to do) for residential development.  But downtown Akron is not at all land-poor even without the availability of reclaimed land from the Innerbelt diet.  If anything, downtown Akron's weakness is that it is so spread out that there is not an obvious place for development to concentrate.  It's actually a surprisingly long walk even from Cedar to Market, which is really only the "heart" of downtown, not the full thing.

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« Reply #53 on: February 23, 2017, 01:07:05 PM »
My guess is that the city and developers will begin to look towards reactivating the neglected East Market/Perkins-MLK corridor, which has the potential to become a mix of residential and commercial space (plus Summa and UA) if done properly. This area needs density in the worst way.

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« Reply #54 on: February 28, 2017, 08:55:11 AM »
My guess is that the city and developers will begin to look towards reactivating the neglected East Market/Perkins-MLK corridor, which has the potential to become a mix of residential and commercial space (plus Summa and UA) if done properly. This area needs density in the worst way.

The City is aware of this and like many is surprised there are not more amenities in that area for the largest private employer in Summit County.


Akron Children's Hospital welcomes two-way conversion on Exchange, Cedar streets
By Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com
on February 27, 2017 at 2:49 PM, updated February 27, 2017 at 4:59 PM

"With the many changes occurring to the streets around the hospital and the increased activity in the downtown area, making Exchange Street two-way will help slow traffic and make it safer and easier for patients and families trying to navigate our campus," she said, in the press release. "The enhanced connection with downtown will also make it easier for our families and staff to enjoy downtown businesses and activities."

The release also notes that the change could make it easier for safety vehicles to navigate the area, especially from Ohio Route 59.

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/02/akron_childrens_hospital_welco.html#incart_river_home

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« Reply #55 on: March 01, 2017, 10:04:36 AM »
Developers working to reopen vacant Akron hotel
Amani Abraham, WKYC 11:25 PM. EST February 24, 2017

AKRON - Developers in downtown Akron are jumping into a new venture with hopes of creating more living space in the area.
 
The sky-high plan includes $25 million in renovations to the vacant 19-story Akron City Center Hotel that would make space for about 80 hotel rooms, and between 80 and 100 apartments (one and two-bedroom apartments.) Testa said the price to rent one of the apartments would range between $900 and $1,200.

http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/akron/developers-working-to-reopen-vacant-akron-hotel/414085047

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Akron Soul Train set to break ground on artists' rail car, tiny house village
By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com
on March 03, 2017 at 10:33 AM, updated March 03, 2017 at 10:34 AM

AKRON, Ohio - Akron Soul Train is rolling ahead of schedule, with plans to break ground this spring for a residential artists' village in refurbished shipping containers, rail cars and tiny houses.

A $150,000 Knight Foundation Arts Challenge grant winner, Akron Soul Train was able to meet its first match of $50,000 last October -- a year ahead of the deadline.

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

Joel Testa on New Downtown Apartments and Hotel with Kyle Kutuchief
https://soundcloud.com/wakr-newstalksports/joel-testa-on-new-downtown-apartments-and-hotel-with-kyle-kutuchief
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« Reply #57 on: March 13, 2017, 11:36:29 AM »
Akron juice maker Country Pure moving corporate staff downtown
By Katie Byard
Published: March 10, 2017 - 07:09 PM

A Downtown Akron office building is getting an infusion of new energy from a fruit juice company.

That’s because Country Pure Foods — the Akron maker of more than 300 juice products — is moving all of its headquarters staff from its plant and office building on Waterloo Road in south Akron to downtown.

http://www.ohio.com/business/akron-juice-maker-country-pure-moving-corporate-staff-downtown-1.752789#

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« Reply #58 on: March 30, 2017, 02:20:04 PM »
Six stories is a "tower"?

Summa Health unveils renderings for new $350 million patient tower
By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com
on March 30, 2017 at 11:21 AM, updated March 30, 2017 at 11:22 AM

AKRON, Ohio -- Summa Health today revealed renderings for its 300,000-square-foot West Tower, which will serve as the new front door to the Summa Akron Campus.

A groundbreaking is planned for May, with construction expected to be completed in spring 2019.

The centerpiece of the $350 million project is the six-story patient tower designed by Akron-based Hasenstab Architects and Cleveland firm Perspectus Architecture.

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« Reply #59 on: March 30, 2017, 02:33:58 PM »
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« Reply #60 on: March 30, 2017, 02:36:29 PM »
Breaking New Ground – Hospital Expansion Officially Begins
March 9, 2017 by Kathy Johnson

Today, employees, hospital and business leaders, patient families and community dignitaries gathered under sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures for the official groundbreaking of our Considine Professional Building’s expansion.

“As an independent, freestanding children’s hospital we are 100% focused on children and families,” said Bill Considine, president and chief executive officer. “We view every project we do through the eyes of a child and the Considine expansion is no exception.”

http://inside.akronchildrens.org/2017/03/09/breaking-new-ground-hospital-expansion-officially-begins/




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« Reply #61 on: March 30, 2017, 03:07:20 PM »
Six stories is a "tower"?

Summa Health unveils renderings for new $350 million patient tower
By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com
on March 30, 2017 at 11:21 AM, updated March 30, 2017 at 11:22 AM

AKRON, Ohio -- Summa Health today revealed renderings for its 300,000-square-foot West Tower, which will serve as the new front door to the Summa Akron Campus.

A groundbreaking is planned for May, with construction expected to be completed in spring 2019.

The centerpiece of the $350 million project is the six-story patient tower designed by Akron-based Hasenstab Architects and Cleveland firm Perspectus Architecture.

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http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/03/summa_health_unveils_rendering.html
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« Reply #62 on: March 30, 2017, 08:12:24 PM »
For Akron, apparently yes.

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« Reply #63 on: March 31, 2017, 07:51:27 AM »
It's also "Modern architecture"....

Modern architecture: Summa reveals what its new, six-story tower will look like
By Amanda Garrett
Published: March 30, 2017 - 06:04 PM

Summa Health on Thursday unveiled architects’ renderings of its new front door — a modern-looking, curved, six-story tower that will redefine its main campus in Akron.

The 300,000-square-foot building — which Summa calls its West Tower — will be the centerpiece of the health system’s $350 million facilities plan announced a year ago.

http://www.ohio.com/business/modern-architecture-summa-reveals-what-its-new-six-story-tower-will-look-like-1.757255#

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Downtown Akron church building sold after seven years on market; Burning Bush congregation will relocate to High Street property
By Katie Byard
Published: March 31, 2017 - 07:04 PM

Fernandez, with NAI Cummins, said that in addition to the group that proposed tearing the High Street building down to make way for a hotel, the building had been looked at by other churches, as well as a local developer who considered putting a medical facility on the site.

The plan to tear down High Street Church for a hotel was revealed at a news conference in July 2013. Local investors and officials with Amerimar Realty of Philadelphia said they had teamed up to bring a 160-room hotel to the site near the John S. Knight convention center. But the project fell apart after Amerimar dropped out.

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/downtown-akron-church-building-sold-after-seven-years-on-market-burning-bush-congregation-will-relocate-to-high-street-property-1.757579

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« Reply #65 on: April 05, 2017, 08:42:32 AM »
Akron to transform shipping containers into a village of tiny houses for traveling artists
By Doug Livingston
Published: April 4, 2017 - 02:27 PM

The first of many transient artists could move into shipping containers in a wooded lot near downtown Akron this summer.

Akron Soul Train, a proposed village of tiny homes for traveling artists, is moving full-steam ahead. The project secured $150,000 from the Knight Arts Challenge last year.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/akron-to-transform-shipping-containers-into-a-village-of-tiny-houses-for-traveling-artists-1.758208#

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« Reply #66 on: April 10, 2017, 09:47:10 AM »
Filling up downtown Akron's storefronts
'Pop-up' program aiding small businesses
April 09, 2017
By BETH THOMAS HERTZ

As Akron pushes to create more walkable neighborhoods to help lure more residents downtown, one aspect of the plan, filling vacant storefronts, is seeing success.

A program that began in 2015 to fill vacant storefronts in downtown Akron by helping local entrepreneurs get on their feet has launched three businesses in recent weeks, bringing the program's total to 13 — and all but one are still operational.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170409/NEWS/170409851/filling-up-downtown-akrons-storefronts

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« Reply #67 on: April 10, 2017, 09:55:37 AM »
Filling up downtown Akron's storefronts
'Pop-up' program aiding small businesses
April 09, 2017
By BETH THOMAS HERTZ

As Akron pushes to create more walkable neighborhoods to help lure more residents downtown, one aspect of the plan, filling vacant storefronts, is seeing success.

A program that began in 2015 to fill vacant storefronts in downtown Akron by helping local entrepreneurs get on their feet has launched three businesses in recent weeks, bringing the program's total to 13 — and all but one are still operational.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170409/NEWS/170409851/filling-up-downtown-akrons-storefronts

Dayton has had a similar program for a while and it is quite successful.  Some of the newbie beloved Dayton-area products have started in those vacant storefronts like Fronana and De'Lish Cafe.  I think all cities should have this sort of program, to be honest.
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« Reply #68 on: April 18, 2017, 08:53:03 AM »
Filling up downtown Akron's storefronts
'Pop-up' program aiding small businesses
April 09, 2017
By BETH THOMAS HERTZ

As Akron pushes to create more walkable neighborhoods to help lure more residents downtown, one aspect of the plan, filling vacant storefronts, is seeing success.

A program that began in 2015 to fill vacant storefronts in downtown Akron by helping local entrepreneurs get on their feet has launched three businesses in recent weeks, bringing the program's total to 13 — and all but one are still operational.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170409/NEWS/170409851/filling-up-downtown-akrons-storefronts

Dayton has had a similar program for a while and it is quite successful.  Some of the newbie beloved Dayton-area products have started in those vacant storefronts like Fronana and De'Lish Cafe.  I think all cities should have this sort of program, to be honest.

Yes, I hope there is continued success with the program.

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« Reply #69 on: April 18, 2017, 10:46:37 AM »
Great move for Akron, glad it's seeing so much success!  I've read of similar successes in Pittsburgh and Philly.  In my eyes this is the best bang-for-buck a city can get from any direct investment.
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« Reply #70 on: April 20, 2017, 09:41:07 AM »
Community college president makes the case for Stark State’s fit in Akron
By Doug Livingston
Published: April 19, 2017 - 06:11 PM | Updated: April 20, 2017 - 08:07 AM

By the numbers, cheap college makes sense in Akron, where Stark State is making room for 5,000 students when its $14 million campus opens on Perkins Street in the fall of 2018.

Federal grants for some low-income residents — of which there are plenty in Akron — cover nearly half the annual cost of the commuter college’s two-year degree and job certificates. Stark State “aggressively” steers students away from debt. Less than half of students at most community colleges, including 43 percent at Stark State, take out federal loans.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/community-college-president-makes-the-case-for-stark-state-s-fit-in-akron-1.761588

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« Reply #71 on: May 01, 2017, 03:10:19 PM »
Akron Main St to be Revitalized Thanks to Federal Grant
Author Mark Urycki
Published April 27, 2017

Downtown Akron is going through a traffic revolution.   Some long-time plans and brand new ideas are all coming to fruition at the same time.

The 6 lane freeway that runs through the downtown is quiet now.   The Innerbelt was closed this year after just 30 years in operation.  It’s being replaced with slower boulevards.

http://www.ideastream.org/news/akron-main-st-to-be-revitalized-thanks-to-federal-grant



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« Reply #72 on: May 02, 2017, 10:12:10 AM »
Akron's Bowery project at Lock 4 plans grocery store for historic Landmark Building
on May 01, 2017 at 3:05 PM, updated May 01, 2017 at 3:52 PM
By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

AKRON, Ohio - A grocery store is slated for downtown Akron, as part of the $33 million Bowery redevelopment project.

"A fresh food producer is critical for the success of this project," said Beth Borda, vice president of development for DeHoff Development Co. "It's going to be one of our main goals."

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/05/akrons_bowery_project_at_lock.html#incart_river_index

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SummaCare Center in downtown Akron hits the market for lease or sale as insurer plans move
By Michelle Jarboe, The Plain Dealer
on May 15, 2017 at 10:35 AM, updated May 15, 2017 at 11:17 AM

KRON, Ohio -- With SummaCare set to move its headquarters from downtown Akron to the East End project later this year, the insurance company's longtime landlord is trying to find takers for 90,000 square feet of offices in the central business district.

Signet LLC, which owns the five-story SummaCare Center building at 10 N. Main St., has started marketing the 16-year-old property for lease or sale. SummaCare is the sole office tenant in the building, which also has street-level storefronts occupied by Subway and Einstein Bros. Bagels.

http://realestate.cleveland.com/realestate-news/2017/05/summacare_center_in_downtown_a_1.html#incart_2box_business




Summa breaks ground on new patient tower
by CRAIN'S AKRON BUSINESS
May 15, 2017 Updated 3 hours ago

AKRON, Ohio -- With SummaCare set to move its headquarters from downtown Akron to the East End project later this year, the insurance company's longtime landlord is trying to find takers for 90,000 square feet of offices in the central business district.

Signet LLC, which owns the five-story SummaCare Center building at 10 N. Main St., has started marketing the 16-year-old property for lease or sale. SummaCare is the sole office tenant in the building, which also has street-level storefronts occupied by Subway and Einstein Bros. Bagels

http://realestate.cleveland.com/realestate-news/2017/05/summacare_center_in_downtown_a_1.html#incart_2box_business

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Are there too many Akron-area hotels?
By Jim Mackinnon
Published: June 25, 2017 - 10:37 PM | Updated: June 26, 2017 - 01:14 PM

The City Center site will be renovated into 106 one- and two-bedroom apartments on its upper levels. Apartments will rent from $900 a month for the singles to $1,200 for the doubles. The still-unnamed 84-room hotel will be on the first four floors, Testa said.

The hotel and apartments are being designed with millennials in mind, Testa said.

The project also will involve changes in and around Cascade Plaza to make it easier to get in and out of the property and to make it more attractive, Testa said. Construction work inside and outside the hotel should start within the next couple of months and lead to an opening in either late summer or early fall 2018, he said.

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« Reply #75 on: June 27, 2017, 11:47:08 AM »
"Whenever a headline asks a question, always stop to consider the strong possibility that the answer is no."

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« Reply #76 on: June 27, 2017, 12:21:16 PM »
"Whenever a headline asks a question, always stop to consider the strong possibility that the answer is no."

Also that you could be clicking through about 29 different screens to find the "answer."

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« Reply #78 on: June 28, 2017, 09:28:24 AM »
This is good news.

Akron to receive $7.5 million to replace State Street Bridge during Main Street Promenade renovation
By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com
 Updated on June 27, 2017 at 5:42 PM Posted on June 27, 2017 at 5:41 PM

AKRON, Ohio - Akron will receive $7.5 million from the federal government to replace the State Street Bridge that runs between Water Street and Main Street downtown. The bridge will be replaced between 2018 and 2019 in conjunction with the TIGER-funded $5 million renovation of the Main Street Promenade.

The city has worked on plans to replace the bridge since 2008, said Public Service Director John Moore in a news release. With the initial funding award of $2.5 million, only maintenance was performed, and the bridge has continued to decline.

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/06/akron_to_receive_75_million_to.html

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Does this warrant its own thread?  Pretty cool.

Akron's Bowery project moves forward with $5 million in historic tax credits
BY JENNIFER CONN, AKRON REPORTER, CLEVELAND.COM jconn@Cleveland.com

AKRON, Ohio - Akron's Bowery project, formerly the Lock 4 redevelopment, is progressing toward reality with more than $5 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits.

The $38 million project led by the Bowery Development Group -- DeHoff Development Co. working with the Welty Building Co. -- will redevelop the historic 12-story Landmark building and five smaller retail buildings on Main Street next to the Akron Civic Theatre into a block of retail and office space with residential housing above. Four of the six buildings received the historic credits.

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/06/akrons_bowery_project_moves_fo.html
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« Reply #80 on: June 28, 2017, 07:54:31 PM »
Sure, go ahead!

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« Reply #81 on: June 29, 2017, 08:31:59 AM »
This project has been in the works for over a decade. I think with the new developers there is some new life, but still skeptical.

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$1.5 million Knight Foundation grant will help connect the dots, improve public spaces for a more vibrant downtown Akron
By Betty Lin-Fisher
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Published: July 11, 2017 - 10:10 PM | Updated: July 12, 2017 - 08:20 AM

A $1.5 million grant to the Downtown Akron Partnership is designed to bring the “icing to the cake” and “connect the dots” of various bright spots throughout downtown Akron, while encouraging new improvements.

All of that will make downtown Akron more vibrant to retain and attract people, organizers said.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/1-5-million-knight-foundation-grant-will-help-connect-the-dohttp://www.ohio.com/news/local/1-5-million-knight-foundation-grant-will-help-connect-the-dots-improve-public-spaces-for-a-more-vibrant-downtown-akron-1.779747
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« Reply #83 on: July 12, 2017, 01:35:31 PM »
Building an Akron with people and for people
July 12, 2017 by Suzie Graham

Suzie Graham is president of Downtown Akron Partnership, a nonprofit organization that builds and promotes the vibrancy and value of downtown Akron. Below, she writes about undertaking focused public space improvements in the downtown to improve neighborhood life. Downtown Akron Partnership is receiving $1.5 million in new support from Knight Foundation.

Visualize a vibrant city. Several features typically come to mind: authentic architecture, distinctive destinations, inviting green spaces, delicious and diverse food, intriguing art, a variety of transportation options and one critical and consistent element— ever-present people. The ways that people interact with a place, and with other people in that place, define the character and quality of a city.

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« Reply #84 on: July 18, 2017, 12:30:24 PM »
Akron City Council sells land for business, art project
By Doug Livingston
Published: July 17, 2017 - 09:15 PM | Updated: July 17, 2017 - 10:00 PM

City Council sold two pieces of public land Monday to private interests who will build a 22,000-square-foot freezer and tiny homes for traveling artists.

The purchase agreements have been vetted by Akron city’s planning and economic development departments. The first would allow Country Pure Foods Inc., which makes more than 300 types of juice products, to build a $6 million cold storage facility beside its Waterloo Road property in Kenmore.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/akron-city-council-sells-land-for-business-art-project-1.781064

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« Reply #85 on: July 20, 2017, 02:08:48 PM »
This project has been in the works for over a decade. I think with the new developers there is some new life, but still skeptical.

Not unwarranted. City Council member says financing for the project is still a problem for the new developers... even with the tax credits.

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