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Re: Kent: Kent State University Projects
« Reply #35 on: May 11, 2009, 09:37:37 PM »
Construction of the Roe Green Center:



















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« Reply #36 on: May 12, 2009, 07:39:14 AM »
Holy sh*t, is that next to Music & Speech?  What is it?

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« Reply #37 on: May 12, 2009, 08:32:02 AM »
looks like that IS the old music and speach.

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« Reply #38 on: May 12, 2009, 11:07:23 AM »
Yes, it is the Music and Speech Center. It is being remodeled and added to to create the Roe Green Center of Theater and Dance.

Here is an article that gives more detail about what is happening:

www.kentnewsnet.com/media/storage/paper867/news/2009/04/03/News/Construction.Continues.On.Roe.Green.Center-3696145.shtml]Construction continues on Roe Green Center[/url]
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Issue date: 4/3/09 Section: News

The construction and renovation of the Roe Green Center and the Music and Speech Center resumed at the beginning of March with the end of winter weather.

- Sara Petersen
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« Reply #39 on: May 12, 2009, 11:18:20 AM »
That is fantastic news and much needed.

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« Reply #40 on: May 12, 2009, 12:53:37 PM »
I heard the powers that be bought some houses on route 59 for future development. Any details on that?

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« Reply #41 on: May 12, 2009, 01:32:52 PM »
I think that you are talking about the houses on Erie St, which have already been demolished. I posted an article up thread about this. The city wants to attract new businesses, restaurants, a hotel, and conference center in an effort to revitalize the downtown.
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« Reply #42 on: May 13, 2009, 11:50:06 AM »
Yes, it is the Music and Speech Center. It is being remodeled and added to to create the Roe Green Center of Theater and Dance.



http://www.kent.edu/universityarchitect/Associates/KSU206057MusicSpeechAdditionsRenovations.cfm

pretty crappy if you ask me

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« Reply #43 on: May 13, 2009, 12:10:40 PM »
I don't like that part either, but I do like the front entrance rendering.

Front enterance

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« Reply #44 on: May 13, 2009, 01:25:18 PM »
I don't like that part either, but I do like the front entrance rendering.

thats much better.  looks like they updated it.

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« Reply #45 on: June 22, 2009, 09:30:22 AM »
Here are the renderings for the Roe Green Center (Music & Speech)
They are on the Acoustical Engineer's website (David Crossfield Associates) but not the Architects (Holzman Moss)?

http://daviscrossfield.com/kent.htm






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« Reply #46 on: September 03, 2009, 03:43:30 PM »
Addition of Acorn Alley is just one change to come for downtown Kent
Pamela Crimbchin and Denise Wright
Issue date: 9/3/09 Section: Entertainment

Take a stroll down Acorn Alley.

Contact features reporter Pamela Crimbchin at pcrimbch@kent.edu.

Contact features reporter Denise Wright at dwright6@kent.edu.
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« Reply #47 on: September 04, 2009, 10:16:03 AM »
andrew,
any new photos of music & speech?

unless I missed it, it doesn't say where Acorn Alley is?  I assume its summit st between 43 and depeyster?

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« Reply #48 on: September 04, 2009, 10:27:53 AM »
^I don't have any new photos of the Music and Speech Center, but I will go out and take some after class today. Also, Acorn Alley is off of Main near the corner of Main and Depeyster. I might go downtown later and get some pictures of it.

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« Reply #49 on: September 07, 2009, 07:02:53 PM »
Here are some recent pictures of the music and speech construction and Acorn Alley.






























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« Reply #50 on: September 07, 2009, 07:48:35 PM »
Are there any plans for that adjacent hotel next to acorn alley? What are the last two pictures of?

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« Reply #51 on: September 07, 2009, 10:47:57 PM »
I know that there are plans for a hotel, but I am not sure if they are going to renovate that one or build new. Also, the last two photos are where the project would expand (with hotel/convention space, retail, office, residential, and parking).
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« Reply #52 on: September 08, 2009, 08:24:35 AM »
Was in the Stow area this weekend, so I drove over to Kent and went past the Alley.  Looks a lot different than 5 years ago.  Great for the community.  Nice to see Jason's Barber Shop down there, had some friends that liked them when in school.

The hotel next door is, unfortunately, a waste at this point.  The owner had the whole thing gutted and was planning on doing student rentals.  When the city inspector went through he said it would need some major structural repairs, pretty much not worth doing.  That was about 4 years ago, haven't heard anything about it since.

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« Reply #53 on: September 08, 2009, 09:44:07 AM »
I was just wondering about the status of the MSP project on the way to work today! Thanks for posting.

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« Reply #54 on: September 24, 2009, 12:54:00 PM »
$3.3M overhaul of Risman Plaza to start in spring
Rachel Rathjens
Issue date: 9/24/09 Section: News



Lined with bricks, black picnic tables and a colossal water fountain, Risman Plaza isn't the most charming place on Kent State's campus.

By Homecoming 2010, some of the bricks will be replaced with grass, some tables replaced with alternative outdoor seating, and the fountain will be gone.

The Office of the University Architect is planning to start the $3.3 million Risman Plaza project in the spring of 2010. The project is being financed by capital funds accumulated in the last four years.

"We want to update, improve, and make the plaza have a softer feel to it," said Michael Bruder, director of design and construction in the Office of the University Architect. "We want it to be a student-friendly place."

Read more at kentnewsnet.com

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« Reply #55 on: September 24, 2009, 02:34:52 PM »
does anyone know what the plans are for the parking lot behind acorn alley? its quite the eye sore

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« Reply #56 on: September 25, 2009, 12:41:52 PM »
does anyone know what the plans are for the parking lot behind acorn alley? its quite the eye sore

The 2nd phase of development is supposed to continue to that area.



The Phoenix Project - Kent, Ohio (Photo by Mark Watt)

Kick-Starting Redevelopment in Kent
$6.5 million Phoenix Project injects city’s downtown with new retail, office space

By Mark Watt

http://www.propertiesmag.com/cf01.htm

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« Reply #57 on: September 30, 2009, 03:37:22 PM »
A month later, Acorn Alley is booming
Downtown stores say business is going well
Ben Wolford
Issue date: 9/30/09 Section: News

Business has been so good at stores along Acorn Alley that at least two of them have lost customers because of it.

"Some Saturdays we've had to keep people out of here because we were breaking fire code," said Jenna Heinaman, an employee at Off the Wagon, a novelty toy store.

All 10 stores that are up and running have been flooded with consumer attention, Acorn Alley developer Ron Burbick said.

In the month since RLB Phoenix Properties unveiled several of the stores at the beginning of the semester, "It's been excellent," Burbick said. Only two stores - Dancing Beta sushi restaurant and The Arctic Squirrel ice cream shop - have yet to open.

He said Off the Wagon on East Main Street, a smaller version of two toy stores in Stow and Hudson, sold more in one week than the other two locations combined.

Read more kentnewsnet.com
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« Reply #58 on: October 15, 2009, 05:31:11 PM »
From the 10/15/09 Daily Kent Stater

A breakdown of the new downtown
Construction planned to begin in 2010

By: Brittany Moseley
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With the success of Acorn Alley, Dan Smith, Kent's economic development director, and city engineer Jim Bowling now have time to focus on the next stage of downtown development.

The development will include a hotel conference center, PARTA's multi-modal facility, a new municipal courthouse and corporate offices. The project got a push Sept. 16 at Kent State's Board of Trustees meeting when President Lester Lefton pledged to spend up to $3 million toward the hotel conference center, making the university a partner in it.
[...]

it is on KentNewsNet.com
 
I'm not sure if I posted this in the correct format, but it looks like KSU and The City of Kent are trying to work together to make downtown Kent more accessible and fun.  Too bad most of this stuff probably won't be done until after I graduate.
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« Reply #59 on: October 16, 2009, 08:17:07 AM »
I'm not sure if I posted this in the correct format, but it looks like KSU and The City of Kent are trying to work together to make downtown Kent more accessible and fun.  Too bad most of this stuff probably won't be done until after I graduate.
I know, right? Hopefully some stuff will be finished before we graduate (assuming that we both graduate in 2012). However, I don't see why 10 houses have to be demolished for the esplanade extension (mentioned in the article) unless they are all falling apart as it is.
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« Reply #60 on: October 16, 2009, 09:35:24 AM »
I know, right? Hopefully some stuff will be finished before we graduate (assuming that we both graduate in 2012). However, I don't see why 10 houses have to be demolished for the esplanade extension (mentioned in the article) unless they are all falling apart as it is.

They want to tear down all of College St. basically, at least that was the initial plan. 

You can see the Master Plan at:
http://www.kent360.com  , then click on
"2009 Presentation on Downtown Redevelopment Status"

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« Reply #61 on: October 16, 2009, 11:06:58 AM »
The plan you linked to does not show the esplanade on College St, however it does show the esplanade going through the block bordered by Main, Lincoln, College, and S. Willow (connecting Erie with Hilltop). I guess they want to create a connection between Hilltop Drive and Erie St.

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« Reply #62 on: October 16, 2009, 11:12:41 AM »
I lived near Lincoln and South Willow for four years in the 1980s (there was a horse farm and greenhouse there). I'm interested to see what happens there.
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« Reply #63 on: October 19, 2009, 09:27:54 AM »
Hotel and conference center on drawing board for Kent
By Carol Biliczky
Beacon Journal staff writer

"Kent State University might invest up to $3 million to become a preferred equity partner in a hotel and conference center."
http://www.ohio.com/news/top_stories/64701597.html

Click on the photos and they have a generic map showing where things are planned to be located.
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« Reply #64 on: February 17, 2010, 11:06:34 PM »
$20-Million Grant for Multimodal Transportation Center Announced
Transportation Center Announced
Emily Vincent | 02/17/2010

Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio today announced that the Kent Central Gateway project in Kent, Ohio, has received a $20-million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Ryan delivered the exciting news to a roomful of officials from the City of Kent, Kent State University and PARTA (Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority) who lobbied together for the transportation facility for several years. The project serves as a catalyst for the revitalization and redevelopment of downtown Kent and reconnects the central business district with the Kent State campus. The $20-million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant for the Kent Central Gateway alone accounts for the majority of grants awarded to the state of Ohio. In total, the state is receiving $50-million in TIGER grants.

“The TIGER grant has been very, very competitive,” Ryan said. “We wanted to advocate projects that will transform communities and offer long-term economic growth. We feel this project is transformational, and we advocated strongly for the Kent Central Gateway project.”

“The multimodal transportation facility combines elements of buses, pedestrians, bicycles and cars,” explained John Drew, general manager of PARTA. “It will serve as a transfer point that allows bus transport to Akron, Cleveland and all points in Portage County. It is part of the downtown development plan and will be located at Erie and Depeyster streets with a curb cut into Haymaker Parkway.”

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More at:
http://www.kent.edu/news/announcements/success/mulitmodaltransportationcenter.cfm

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« Reply #65 on: February 19, 2010, 10:14:55 AM »
I forgot to post this:

Architect chosen for Kent court: In 2-1 vote, Cleveland firm is picked over local team
Mike Sever
January 17, 2010

http://www.recordpub.net/news/article/4749782

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« Reply #66 on: April 26, 2010, 03:19:45 PM »
Work has begun on the remodeling of Risman Plaza:






Relocation of bus stop


Also, an update on the progress of the Music and Speech Center:


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« Reply #67 on: April 27, 2010, 10:11:47 AM »
I don't know how I feel about that Music & Speech addition.  Better that what was there before I guess.  Maybe it looks better in person.

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« Reply #68 on: April 27, 2010, 11:05:03 AM »
bleah, I don't really like it.

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« Reply #69 on: April 27, 2010, 01:56:40 PM »
The entryway looks like a nice Greyhound station.

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