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Re: Akron: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #70 on: June 03, 2008, 03:41:14 PM »
There's water in Akron?

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« Reply #71 on: June 03, 2008, 05:58:20 PM »
There have been articles in the Beacon about this.  It was never explained so romantically as the Buchtellite writer has conjured up.  I think she did a good job writing that story.  The Beacon's version was basically in the business section describing relatively dryly that they want to refurbish those buildings and add some restaurants.  No real details, no real time-frame.  That was a year to a year and a half ago with a brief update on it when they took down the parking garage.

Its quite clear seeing the updates in the particular buildings that things are happening.   When they will have occupancy is obviously another matter.  I'm hearing there could be 1 or 2 restaurants open by the end of the year, perhaps as early as summer.

With a bit of searching I found the old thread:  http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,11402.0.html
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« Reply #72 on: June 05, 2008, 06:26:08 PM »
Plus this coming week they will be finishing the canal towpath bridge accross the innerbelt (rt59) which will create a direct walking/biking trail from Downtown Akron to Downtown Cleveland. these restaurants could become something quite interesting depending on how they sell it to the public.. could even be a new romantic date spot in the city
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« Reply #73 on: June 06, 2008, 05:12:46 PM »
with gondola rides along the canal? a la san antonio's river walk

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« Reply #74 on: August 11, 2008, 10:25:03 PM »
[I think this is a pretty awesome story, catching the green trend..]

Akron company's technology could keep plastic out of landfills
Posted by Peter Krouse August 11, 2008 16:20PM
Categories: Breaking News, Environment, Impact
GREEN INC.
A monthly look at companies embracing sustainability


Marvin Fong/The Plain Dealer
Phil Hansel of PolyFlow adjusts a valve on the collection tank of the company's plastic processor. It vaporizes all manner of discarded plastics and then condenses the gas into a liquid that can be distilled down into its core chemicals, such as benzene and styrene.


AKRON -- It wouldn't be the first time a business from Akron shook the world. After all, it is the Rubber Capital.
This time it's PolyFlow Corp., a tiny innovator with big dreams, working on a potentially dramatic breakthrough.

More at cleveland.com http://blog.cleveland.com/business/2008/08/it_wouldnt_be_the_first.html
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« Reply #75 on: August 12, 2008, 08:21:31 PM »
Once again, Akron is positioned to make it's mark on the world! Former Rubber Capital, Current Polymer Capital, Liquid Crystals, Medical Research and Development and now this. This city is showing exactly how a city Adapts, Improvises and overcomes!

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« Reply #76 on: August 12, 2008, 10:52:39 PM »
It IS pretty cool. ;)

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« Reply #77 on: September 30, 2008, 12:14:43 AM »
I figured this should go here since I'm sure no one is interested in starting a new thread about Akron office space being gobbled up...

http://www.ohio.com/news/top_stories/29873659.html

Team NEO occupied with office space
Vacancy rates down in Northeast Ohio, Akron. Growing medical sector one reason
By Paula Schleis
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Published on Monday, Sep 29, 2008

Occupied office space in Northeast Ohio is at its highest point in at least five years, taking up nearly 112 million square feet in a 16-county region.

In the Akron area, only 8 percent of available office space is currently vacant, down from nearly 12 percent in early 2007.

That's the latest snapshot of a segment of the region's economy from Team NEO, an economic development group charged with marketing the area to new businesses.
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« Reply #78 on: October 01, 2008, 12:27:52 PM »
"Another Team NEO report found that higher-paying jobs in Northeast Ohio are growing at a faster rate than lower-paying jobs. And that, he said, could explain why more Class A space is getting filled."

wow that is great news. you always just tend to think the low paying service industry jobs are the job growth leaders, but no look at that it's not so. thx beacon journal -- i guess i just got a bad case of plain dealer-itis.  :whip:
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« Reply #79 on: October 06, 2008, 11:11:28 PM »
Another positive article this time about Akron's suburb to the Southwest.

http://www.ohio.com/news/top_stories/30480839.html
Best of Barberton
Tour around city shows development groups what efforts have worked, what more can be done
By Paula Schleis
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Published on Sunday, Oct 05, 2008

''Where's the largest lake in Barberton?'' Larry Lallo asked his passengers as the tour bus left Turkeyfoot Lake Road and bounced down a gravel and dirt path to an empty farm field.

Clearly a trick question, since the group was nowhere near the city's famed Lake Anna.

A rise in the topography prevented anyone from seeing what Lallo was pointing to, but they took his word that just beyond the crest was a 65-acre lake concealed from the road and probably unknown to most Barberton residents.
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« Reply #80 on: October 24, 2008, 08:22:39 PM »
http://www.ohio.com/news/32728289.html
Snap-On building new HQ
105,000-square-foot structure will be near its current office
By Rick Armon
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Published on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008

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« Reply #81 on: November 03, 2008, 11:31:51 AM »
I drove by the downtown Akron student housing development that's going on at Exchange St. and South Main St. and it looks like they are moving along pretty good.  Though it was dark and rainy I noticed they have 3 stories up and it looked like inside framing was going on.  Students living in these should definitely have a good time seeing that they are being built right smack dab in the middle of the cities main entertainment/club district.   :drunk:
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« Reply #82 on: November 18, 2008, 07:55:50 AM »
Rooms with a view
11-story Hotel Howe is tallest in Akron at opening in 1915
By Mark J. Price, Beacon Journal, November 17, 2008

Akron businessman Fred S. Ozier discovered a groundbreaking way to remain in the good graces of his mother-in-law.

He built a fancy hotel and named it for her.

The 11-story, 112-room Hotel Howe was the tallest building in Akron when it opened in November 1915. Located at 11 S. Main St., the downtown inn was a handsome alternative to the 250-room Portage Hotel, which opened in 1912 at Market and Main streets.

Akron's population was in the midst of unprecedented growth rising from 69,067 in 1910 to a staggering 208,435 in 1920. Hotels couldn't keep up with the daily influx of newcomers.
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« Reply #83 on: November 18, 2008, 08:56:28 AM »
^Here's a pic:


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« Reply #84 on: November 18, 2008, 10:02:27 AM »
Hopefully they have cleaned up the courtyard since the last time I was by there (which was a few years ago) because it was a nice little nook.  The construction work on the new parking garage behind had almost all but destroyed it.  Anybody know?

That was a nice looking building too.  I guess the building was in pretty bad shape since the city bought and demolished it.  I would hate to think that it could have been rehabbed but the city torn it down because they thought no one would ever want it.  Most of the buildings in that area are now either rehabbed or new, no?

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« Reply #85 on: November 18, 2008, 11:30:22 AM »
I spoke to Tony Troppe, who is the owner of the buildings on either side of what is now the courtyard. He really agonized about having the Howe Hotel torn down, because he is a redeveloper of old buildings.  He just couldn't figure out a way of making it work as either  apartments or office space, because of the footprint, and the fact that replacing the elevators was cost prohibitive. The courtyard was scheduled for an expansion of the United building, but it never worked out.

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« Reply #86 on: November 18, 2008, 02:19:09 PM »
Interesting stuff, thanks for the info.

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« Reply #87 on: November 18, 2008, 09:40:27 PM »
New wine bar in 6-10 months or so in Highland Square...
http://www.akronnewsnow.com/business/itemdetail.asp?ID=27000&section=business&subsection=generalbusiness
Eatery Coming To Highland Square
11/17/2008 3:24:21 AM  |  Tina Kaufmann

The former Two Amigo's will soon turn into a reasonably priced wine bar and kitchen, under a new owner and new name.

David Haynes, a professional chef from California, is considering an Italian name for his rustic, chic eatery he's envisioned for the last 17 years. "The driver for the back of the house will be a wood-fired oven (for pizza) and the driver for the front of the house will be a very dynamic bar, large selections of wines by the glass, handcrafted cocktails, all things made in house," says Haynes.
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« Reply #88 on: December 09, 2008, 10:51:57 AM »
Howe House in a stall
Coalition awaits delivery of architect's plans, needed to remove steel beams; ownership transfer delayed
By Bob Downing, Beacon Journal, December 07, 2008

Akron's historic Howe House was moved in July, but since then things have slowed down.

Architect's plans for the building are due to be completed soon. The transfer of the city-owned house has not taken place, said Dan Rice of the Akron-based Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition.

The architect's plans are needed to remove the steel beams that still are shoring up the 400-ton building that was moved along Exchange Street from South High Street.
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« Reply #89 on: December 16, 2008, 11:31:10 PM »
One company not in a pickle about where to expand to...

Company Jammed For Space, Moving To Akron
12/16/2008 6:31:34 AM  |  Toni Cicone

Some J.M. Smucker employees will be calling Akron home after the new year.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the growing Orrville-based food company will temporarily relocate two divisions to Akron because it's running out of space at it's headquarters, which are based in Wayne County.
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« Reply #90 on: December 16, 2008, 11:40:15 PM »
Industrial expansion in the AK too...
http://www.ohio.com/business/36152724.html

Company retools attitude
Ken-Tool of Akron makes changes to its building and way it does business to stay competitive, local
By Jim Mackinnon
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Published on Monday, Dec 15, 2008

Alec Pendleton decided it was time to put a new roof over his head and those of his long-time employees.

But the owner of Ken-Tool, a small tool maker that specializes in truck tire repair equipment, wasn't thinking so much of making changes to better keep rain, snow and other harsh weather outside.

Instead, an ongoing expansion project and related renovations at the small, 87-year-old Akron manufacturer are aimed at helping the company perform better in an ever-more competitive world.

Even with the recession that has hit manufacturers particularly hard, the $2 million project, which is a big deal for a company this size, looks to be money well spent, Pendleton said.
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« Reply #91 on: December 17, 2008, 07:44:26 PM »
The reason Northeast Ohio will never die is because of the mind-set of it's people. Adapt, improvise and overcome. Imagination and hard work under any conditions will always make things happen. I think manufacturing will come back to the area. The economy will turn around eventually. Unfortunately, Ohio is more linked to the national economy than most other states, but once the national economy turns around, so will Ohio. And from what I've been seeing, I think in a major way.

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« Reply #92 on: January 08, 2009, 12:53:02 PM »
Historic Tallmadge house demolished after long fight
By Jim Carney, Beacon Journal, January 08, 2009

TALLMADGE: Four years after the Civil War ended, a house was built just off the Tallmadge Circle.

Over the years, a few additions were added on to the tiny home.

And now, 140 years after the original portion was built, a demolition crew tore it down in a matter of a few hours.

The house, owned by Linda and Randy Lorkowski, became the center of controversy with the city over whether it could be torn down.
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« Reply #93 on: February 16, 2009, 12:40:11 PM »
http://www.ohio.com/news/39653647.html
Just what Barberton needs, less fitness facililities and more parking??
Barberton to raze old natatorium
Closed since 2007, Morgan Street fitness center will be demolished for high school parking
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« Reply #94 on: February 24, 2009, 11:39:25 AM »
I've only been in the btown nat once.. and that was way back in the day. it was kinda small
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« Reply #95 on: March 06, 2009, 09:35:59 PM »
ABJ article on the 22 Exchange Housing project.

Downtown Akron student housing, retail project on track
By Beacon Journal staff
POSTED: 12:12 p.m. EST, Mar 05, 2009

Work is on schedule for students to move into part of the $25 million private student housing and retail project being built on South Main Street in Akron by August, the developer said this week.

The first phase of the project in the block bordered by Main, Cedar, High and Exchange streets will be ready with 141 bedrooms on the Main Street side in time for the University of Akron fall semester, said Martin Mehall, owner of the project. Mehall is majority owner and president of the firm that owns the project, Exchange Street Associates, the developer, Urban Dynamics and the management company, Richland Communities.

About 50 of the bedrooms or 30 suites have already been leased, said Mehall. The total project will include 471 bedrooms in 142 units that are two, three and four bedroom units, he said. Mehall said the project is on track to have more than 50 percent of available units in August rented by Easter.

http://www.ohio.com/news/40786072.html#

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« Reply #96 on: March 07, 2009, 08:08:23 PM »
Drove past it the other day.. seen that the pub is already working on signage..
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« Reply #97 on: March 11, 2009, 08:01:42 PM »
So I have a random question.  I was driving back on 77 from Akron to Cleveland tonight and noticed they are putting up 4-5 new buildings along the highway.  Is it just random office space? 

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« Reply #98 on: March 12, 2009, 06:11:48 PM »
Not sure exactly what you're referring to.  But there was a story on First Energy's new campus on the west side of Akron on channel 3 news last week talking about how they built a new building with LEED standards.  Its primarily their IT operations based out of this building.  But if its a "campus" one could guess that there would likely be other back office operations that First Energy might be moving over there.  It was a nauseating piece because the dimwitted anchor kept saying it was the "First Energy's new headquarters" throughout.  Here's accompanying write up alas the video link is gone:
http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=108768

AKRON -- FirstEnergy is an energy company looking to save energy, and it's doing it through green construction.

"FirstEnergy took a really bold step in terms of green construction in the region," says Michael Molinski, an architect for Vocon, a Cleveland-based firm that designed the building. "They have, with this building, put forth an example that other companies and institutions can look at say, 'Hey, they were able to do this, so we can, too.'"

What FirstEnergy did was build its newest facility to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, a benchmark for green design and construction.

As a result, the building uses 20 percent less energy than a building of similar size.
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« Reply #99 on: March 16, 2009, 06:44:46 PM »
I did see a sign saying there will be a new dental office over there for one Dr George..
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« Reply #100 on: April 17, 2009, 05:19:23 PM »
I managed to take a few pictures when I went downtown for lunch of the construction for the canal walls and towpath trail under the civic. From what I saw it looks like it will be nice. I sure hope there are going to do some cosmetic cover-up for the concrete posts holding up the civic floor. There are doors under the bridge and I'm guessing perhaps a shop, place to eat inside. Not sure.






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« Reply #101 on: April 17, 2009, 08:15:15 PM »
Glad to see this is still being worked on!

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« Reply #102 on: April 19, 2009, 01:27:24 PM »
Man, there is construction going on all over town!

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« Reply #103 on: April 19, 2009, 09:38:56 PM »
I heard the construction management/design will be done by the same firm that did the canal park stadium. If so then I think it will be a great design.
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« Reply #104 on: May 21, 2009, 10:31:15 AM »
KeyBank starts work on new Akron headquarters building
by Michelle Jarboe/Plain Dealer Reporter
Thursday May 21, 2009, 12:00 AM
Courtesy of KeyBank.Elevation plans for KeyBank's new Akron headquarters, which could open in fall 2010 at the northeast corner of University Avenue and South Main Street downtown.

KeyBank is starting construction on a new Akron headquarters building, at the northeast corner of University Avenue and South Main Street downtown.

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2009/05/keybank_starts_work_on_new_akr.html#preview
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