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« Reply #105 on: May 27, 2009, 09:21:29 AM »
KeyBank starts work on new Akron headquarters building
by Michelle Jarboe/Plain Dealer Reporter

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Very unispiring imo.  I thought that downtown was moving in a great direction with the new buildings, but this one takes a step back.
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« Reply #106 on: May 27, 2009, 09:36:33 AM »
What are you talking about Yanni?  That thing is Mega Cool...
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« Reply #107 on: May 30, 2009, 05:50:45 PM »
Business incubator attracts two firms to Akron
Mayor thanks firms for investing in Akron

By Paula Schleis
Beacon Journal business writer
Published on Saturday, May 30, 2009

Akron's relationship with Israel's business community has given birth to two new companies at the city's business incubator.

Executives with two Israeli firms, introduced at a news conference at the Akron Global Business Accelerator on Friday, suggested their enterprises could add a collective 80 jobs in the next two to three years.
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« Reply #108 on: June 03, 2009, 08:49:00 AM »
Unorthodox thinking filling Knight Center
  Car shows, roller skating plug gaps left by traditional conventions

By Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer

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The number of events has climbed from 132 in 2003 to 220 last year. The number of visitors jumped from 280,000 to 427,000 over the same period.

http://www.ohio.com/news/top_stories/46788712.html

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« Reply #109 on: June 09, 2009, 03:32:46 PM »
UA students filling up unfinished apartment complex

Martin Mehall could use the motto, ''Build it and they will come.''

He did, and they have.

University of Akron students have snapped up all 140 beds in the first phase of an apartment complex in downtown Akron.
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« Reply #110 on: June 10, 2009, 07:56:07 PM »
^ Right by the new housing for students on S. Main St.  Cool pics of the building in the article.
http://www.ohio.com/business/47636312.html

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By Betty Lin-Fisher
Beacon Journal staff writer
POSTED: 06:22 p.m. EDT, Jun 10, 2009

A downtown Akron building whose last owner lost it to foreclosure after a failed attempt to sell it on eBay is getting new life under the eye of historic building renovator Tony Troppe.  Plans call for the Kaiser Building, across from Canal Park on South Main Street, to have a cafe or store in two slots on the first floor, offices on the second floor and a mix of offices and loft apartments on the third floor.

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« Reply #111 on: June 11, 2009, 07:28:53 AM »
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Thats great, Tony is pretty much trying to single-handedly make downtown Akron a great place.  Sure, the new housing will help (Northside & Student Block), but saving all of these historic structures provides the bones for a great small city.

http://www.1akron.com/home.htm

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« Reply #112 on: June 23, 2009, 12:54:12 PM »
Photo of the completed Northside Lofts
developed and built by Testa
Architect - City Architecture
http://www.northsidelofts.com/
I believe these start at $375,000, guessing about 1,500 s.f.
20 of 32 condos sold, but I believe some are unoccupied and owned by Testa as models.



The new brownstones on Main St., an extension of Northside Lofts
developed and built by Testa
Architect - ? (I don't believe City did these)
http://www.northsidelofts.com/index2.html



The brownstones start at $235,000, guessing about 1,500 s.f.
2 bedrooms & loft space
They are currently finishing the first 7 units in phased construction.
5 of 14 total units sold, according to the website.

I don't know who is buying these at this price, but I don't see how you could get your money's worth.
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« Reply #113 on: June 23, 2009, 01:18:03 PM »
Blaze guts former home of Wally Waffle

By Beacon Journal staff

Akron firefighters battled a blaze at a Marion Avenue building that formerly housed Wally Waffle around 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Wallhaven-area restaurant, which was the original in the local group of breakfast spots, closed in 2007.
http://www.ohio.com/news/48209087.html


So long Wally Waffle


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« Reply #114 on: June 23, 2009, 01:19:06 PM »
Some progress being made at the former location of The Grotto in the Merriman Valley.


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« Reply #115 on: June 23, 2009, 03:05:51 PM »
I don't know who is buying these at this price, but I don't see how you could get your money's worth.

Simple. If someone is enjoying their home with no regrets, then they are getting their money's worth.

The development is next to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's Akron Station and accessible to the Towpath Trail...

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« Reply #116 on: June 23, 2009, 03:59:35 PM »
Simple. If someone is enjoying their home with no regrets, then they are getting their money's worth.

The development is next to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's Akron Station and accessible to the Towpath Trail...

I don't disagree with you, but you could build new for cheaper than that in that area.  It is still and industrial and blighted area.  It is not in walking distance to a grocer.  The whole point of living in an urban area is so you don't have to rely on car and there are lots of amenities.  The towpath is great, but I would doubt that the rail gets used very often by residents, especially after a few years and the nostalgia has worn off.

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« Reply #117 on: June 23, 2009, 05:07:31 PM »
They look pretty good but don't think I'll be buying in that area just yet.
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« Reply #118 on: June 23, 2009, 07:57:26 PM »
I don't disagree with you, but you could build new for cheaper than that in that area.  It is still and industrial and blighted area.  It is not in walking distance to a grocer.  The whole point of living in an urban area is so you don't have to rely on car and there are lots of amenities.  The towpath is great, but I would doubt that the rail gets used very often by residents, especially after a few years and the nostalgia has worn off.

The rail service and towpath trail are recreational, but they do boost the value of the surrounding lands.

And I don't think many Ohio real estate developers (or housing buyers) understand the urban experience as we do. My guess is that they see the urban experience as living as close to downtown as possible, but still have a yard, a garage and garden.
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« Reply #119 on: June 24, 2009, 02:54:31 PM »
The rail service and towpath trail are recreational, but they do boost the value of the surrounding lands.

And I don't think many Ohio real estate developers (or housing buyers) understand the urban experience as we do. My guess is that they see the urban experience as living as close to downtown as possible, but still have a yard, a garage and garden.

I think the developers have a good understanding of it, it's getting the people that live in Akron to understand it.  There is still a lot of old money here and people like their 3,000 s.f.+ homes on 2 acres.  The only housing that has been downtown in a long time is low-income.  Now they have these lofts & brownstones and some new student housing.  All great ideas, but it will take a while for the density to get anywhere near where it was 100 years ago.

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« Reply #120 on: June 29, 2009, 02:59:15 PM »
Falls to raze State Road plaza soon
http://www.ohio.com/news/49387862.html
By Gina Mace
Special to the Beacon Journal
POSTED: 05:20 p.m. EDT, Jun 28, 2009

CUYAHOGA FALLS.: State Road Shopping Center should be gone by fall.

Cuyahoga Falls is expected to award a nearly $2 million contract Monday to demolish the run-down, vacant plaza.

The council approved the expenditure June 22. The city received $2 million from the state to pay for the demolition.
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« Reply #121 on: June 30, 2009, 10:26:53 AM »
    Martha Avenue

    As part of the Goodyear Redevelopment, Martha Avenue (Seiberling Street to 2200 north) will be reconstructed to include four (4)-12' lanes of full depth asphalt reconstruction with 6x18 concrete curb, sidewalks, water main, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, street lighting, a modern day roundabout with concrete pavement at the existing Seiberling/Martha intersection, traffic signalization with fiber optic interconnect, and an underground utility duct bank. A center landscaped median will be installed on Martha Avenue. The center of the roundabout will also be landscaped. Executive Drive will extend to the west off of the roundabout. Eagle Street will extend to the east off of the roundabout for a future roadway. Drop off lanes will be installed on the west side of Martha Avenue along with access points into the future parking garage and hotel.

http://ci.akron.oh.us/engineering2/requestsconsultserv.asp


This sounds pretty ambitious.

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« Reply #122 on: July 01, 2009, 08:14:46 AM »
A grain of hope
City talking to potential grocer to serve Highland Square area. Market study will be launched

By Stephanie Warsmith
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published on Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009

The city of Akron might have found a grocer for Highland Square.

City officials for several months have been in talks with Cornucopia Inc., a nonprofit corporation with an organic and fresh foods store in Lakewood, about opening a second store in West Akron.

Mayor Don Plusquellic will hold a press conference today to announce that the city will conduct a survey to determine if such a store would meet the needs of Highland Square residents, who have been clamoring for a grocer for several years.
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« Reply #123 on: July 06, 2009, 09:42:14 AM »
Knight Center to take over historic Greystone building
O'Neil says he's put millions into building

By Katie Byard
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published on Saturday, Jul 04, 2009

Developer Jeffrey O'Neil said his purchase 10 years ago of one of Akron's grandest buildings the old Masonic Temple downtown was ''a charity thing more than a business opportunity.''

Passionate about preservation of unique structures, O'Neil wanted to see the 1917 building now called Greystone preserved, not torn down or partitioned into offices.

Now, facing a loss in investments amid the weak economy, O'Neil is cutting his ties to the building at Mill and High streets, across from the John S. Knight Center.

http://www.ohio.com/news/49910702.html

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O'Neil said a Thai restaurant is scheduled to open soon in the 326 S. Main building.

This is the former location of Piatto, which has been vacant for years.
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« Reply #124 on: July 06, 2009, 10:04:55 AM »
New office building under way on White Pond
WEST AKRON Zumpano + Hanson Building and Development has begun construction on a new office building in West Akron. The three-story, contemporary structure is located at 701 White Pond, adjacent to Interstate 77.

Planning for the project, which is visible from the interstate, began nearly a year ago, according to partner Terry Hanson.

http://akron.com/akron-ohio-business-news.asp?aID=5873
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« Reply #125 on: July 06, 2009, 10:09:54 AM »
Here is the current progress on the previous article building


Right next to the Brown Mackie College building


pretty typical office park garbage, across the street, in Park West, there is a building of better design note under construction right now also.



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« Reply #126 on: July 09, 2009, 12:39:42 AM »
Good design and color scheme for the new park west building.. Wonder what's going to be in there..
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« Reply #127 on: July 09, 2009, 07:51:43 AM »
Good design and color scheme for the new park west building.. Wonder what's going to be in there..

I would assume medical offices.  I think that's what Testa would like Park West to develop towards.  They still have a sign out front trying to sell off more land.

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« Reply #128 on: July 14, 2009, 11:57:47 AM »
Downtown Irish pub to open Monday
By Ed Meyer
Beacon Journal staff writer
http://www.ohio.com/news/top_stories/50730452.html
POSTED: 12:16 p.m. EDT, Jul 14, 2009

The serpentine bar with seating for 40, dark-wood fixtures and hardwood floors has rounded corners shaped like a four-leaf clover.

Twelve 50-inch plasma televisions are recessed into the walls above canopied wooden booths and paneled standing-room tables.

The high-tech audio system is connected to a touch-screen jukebox with thousands of online songs at your fingertips, like some gigantic iPod.
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« Reply #129 on: July 14, 2009, 12:05:24 PM »
note to self: make note of appearance and the clientele you will attract when posing for photos in the newspaper.

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« Reply #130 on: July 16, 2009, 02:52:49 PM »
From rubber to rubble: Historic building to be torn down to make way for Goodyear project
By Beacon Journal staff
POSTED: 06:44 p.m. EDT, Jul 15, 2009

A large, former General Tire building off Seiberling Street in East Akron dating to 1898 that most recently was used as a warehouse and business incubator is being turned to rubble.

Once all of the structure is knocked down and removed as expected in October, the $900 million Goodyear headquarters/Riverwalk project will have more land to grow on.

The new property owner, California-based Industrial Realty Group, is removing asbestos from the interior before completing the demolition of the two-story, 276,846-square-foot building.

http://www.ohio.com/business/50894667.html
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« Reply #131 on: July 22, 2009, 10:29:44 AM »
State Road Plaza demolition planned in August

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Fences will be going up around State Road Plaza next week in advance of demolition scheduled to begin in August.

Falls Development Director Sue Truby gave an update on the demolition and reconstruction plans at Monday's council meeting.

See for more: http://www.ohio.com/news/51355062.html

This is for the Stark Development, I believe City Arch did the planning.
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« Reply #132 on: July 23, 2009, 08:41:04 AM »
Good design and color scheme for the new park west building.. Wonder what's going to be in there..

Yesterday they were putting the signage up for the new building.  It's going to be a Strayer University facility.  First time I've heard of it.
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« Reply #133 on: July 29, 2009, 03:36:42 PM »

UPDATE Highland Square Eatery Coming

http://www.akronnewsnow.com/print.asp?ID=31319

Plans for the reasonably priced wine bar and kitchen in Highland Square is closer to opening in the former Two Amigo's building.

 
Starting in August, the restaurant construction will begin, with the tentative opening date set for late-September or early-October of this year.

Cleveland developer Gint Strautnieks says everything on the menu will be under $20, including entrees.

Strautnieks hopes Highland Square residents will be pleased with the final product, "I hope they're going to enjoy it because we're definitely thinking of them when we're doing this restaurant. David Haynes, the restaurateur , is creating an affordable menu" with a fun, Italian atmosphere.

In October, Strautnieks purchased the Two Amigo's and Dodi's buildings at a sheriff's auction for $423,000.

this is from the contractors website:



The NGS Development project on Main Street in Akron is a Design Build project.  A music studio will occupy the top portion of the building and a restaurant will house the lower half.

The exterior building shell remediation work includes removal and replacement of all windows, roofing removal and replacement, new fire escape stair system and modification of the existing storefront system.

The two vanilla box build outs will include new flooring, painted drywall, HVAC, new electrical distribution and plumbing.

This exciting new project is scheduled to be completed Summer 2009.  Please check back for updates!


Owner: NGS Development Group, LLC
Architect: Fabo Enterprises, Inc.


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the restaurant will occupy the groundfloor of 804-806 w. market, which means all three storefronts. firefly music will remain the sole occupant of the second floor.
cheers,
david haynes

The restaurant will be called "Canto"

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« Reply #134 on: August 03, 2009, 09:18:42 AM »
Progress at 323 and 325 S. Main St., mentioned in article on page 9




South view of 22 Exchange progress
http://www.22exchange.com/


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« Reply #135 on: August 03, 2009, 11:00:04 PM »
Thanks Yanni, I missed that article.  I have mostly assumed that they were working inside to get at least a few apartments ready.  Riding my bike past in the mornings there does not appear to be many workers on site.

I saw a snipet in the paper about the Hercules factory project, it looks like they are still trying to secure a loan.

It's good to see someone working on the former Two Amigos, I like the building and the location.  I was not very impressed with Two Amigos the time that I ate there.

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« Reply #136 on: August 04, 2009, 08:26:23 AM »
Thanks Yanni, I missed that article.  I have mostly assumed that they were working inside to get at least a few apartments ready.  Riding my bike past in the mornings there does not appear to be many workers on site.

I saw a snipet in the paper about the Hercules factory project, it looks like they are still trying to secure a loan.

It's good to see someone working on the former Two Amigos, I like the building and the location.  I was not very impressed with Two Amigos the time that I ate there.

What is the "Hercules factory project"?

Two Amigos was great, when it first opened.  The original owners sold it and moved away.  The partners that took it over served mediocre food and ran themselves out of town with their business and social behavior.

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« Reply #137 on: August 05, 2009, 01:36:31 AM »
I ate at Two Amigos after it was sold, right around the time they started fighting with their neighbors.  I had heard really great things about it but was left with a luke warm feeling, that happens I guess.

The Hercules Factory project that I mentioned is a very large historic engine factory just south of downtown Canton.  The factory has been abandoned since 1995 and used in recent years as a haunted house.  Anyway, Robert Timken of Cormony Development announced plans to develop the site into a convention/shopping/condo complex.  Cormony secured a state historic tax credit and began limited demo and site cleanup earlier this year.  The company ran into trouble securing a loan and could not pay the contractors for the work they have done, so the building has sat empty for almost the entire summer.  I am not sure where they stand at the moment, but it did appear that they were seeking loans and it also appears that they have scaled back their plans.

Here is a link to Cormony's page about the project:
http://cormonydevelopment.com/projects-hercules.html

Here is an address if you are interested in the location:
1038 Market Ave S canton oh

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« Reply #138 on: August 13, 2009, 01:08:59 PM »
Hah.  Nice to see the 22 Exchange development approaching completion.  It will at least make my lunchtime walks more convenient.  On the flip side, I just visited Akron (going to be moving there in September) and was actually disappointed to learn that they're going to be putting student-only housing there.  I'm going to be working less than two blocks away.  Would have been a great walking commute in a walkable area.
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« Reply #139 on: August 13, 2009, 01:39:15 PM »
Hah.  Nice to see the 22 Exchange development approaching completion.  It will at least make my lunchtime walks more convenient.  On the flip side, I just visited Akron (going to be moving there in September) and was actually disappointed to learn that they're going to be putting student-only housing there.  I'm going to be working less than two blocks away.  Would have been a great walking commute in a walkable area.

Yes it would have.  It's too bad that there isn't any affordable & decent downtown housing for someone like you.  Spicer Village seems decent, but that's also a little pricey and its across from the football stadium, so not a good location for you.

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