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  1. Akron uses its share of $40 million, 5-city project to reimagine city from Summit Lake to Cascade Plaza By Alan Ashworth Beacon Journal/Ohio.com Posted Apr 18, 2019 at 6:10 AM Updated Apr 18, 2019 at 3:40 PM Between all the reimaginings, rebounds, revitalizations, rebuilds and restores that populate a Knight Foundation report released Thursday is the story of Summit Lake and Cascade Plaza and how much the two public spaces are alike. It might not appear that way at first glance. One is the largest body of water in Akron, and the other a small grass-and-concrete pond situated downtown. https://www.ohio.com/news/20190418/akron-uses-its-share-of-40-million-5-city-project-to-reimagine-city-from-summit-lake-to-cascade-plaza
  2. Akron Public Schools to begin moving administrative offices by end of April Posted Apr 18, 5:52 PM By Robin Goist, cleveland.com AKRON, Ohio – The administrative offices for Akron Public Schools will have a new home as of April 29. The school district is relocating from their offices at 70 N. Broadway Street to 10 N. Main Street near Market Street, directly across from the Federal Building, Akron Public Schools spokesman Mark Williamson said in a news release. https://www.cleveland.com/akron/2019/04/akron-public-schools-to-begin-moving-administrative-offices-by-end-of-april.html
  3. EGCC’s Plans for Harshman Building See what Eastern Gateway Community College has in store for the newly renovated Harshman Building. Copyright 2019 The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio. https://businessjournaldaily.com/egccs-plans-for-harshman-building/ EGCC Envisions Greenspace Between Downtown Buildings By George Nelson | April 18, 2019 YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Creating a greenspace on Boardman Street between Eastern Gateway Community College’s two buildings is part of Arthur Daly’s long-term vision for the growing downtown campus. Daly, Eastern Gateway’s Youngstown campus vice president, shared the concept with members of the Western Reserve Port Authority’s board of directors Wednesday. The port authority board held its regular monthly meeting in Eastern Gateway’s new classroom space in the former Harshman Building, 101 E. Boardman St. The community college uses the first floor as space for nursing classes and labs. https://businessjournaldaily.com/egcc-envisions-greenspace-between-downtown-buildings/
  4. Barrio to open location in downtown Kent this summer Jorden Shevel Apr 16, 2019 Updated 17 hrs ago Barrio is bringing its signature tacos, tequila and whiskey to downtown Kent this summer. The Northeast Ohio taco joint will move into the building at 295 S. Water Street that previously housed The Newdle Bar. In a press release, Barrio said they will fit well into the Kent business community because of their similar values such as community, family, friends and supporting local art. http://www.kentwired.com/latest_updates/article_3111e65e-607d-11e9-b1b5-374d1cb83dfa.html
  5. Amazon Leases Building for Small Distribution Center By Dan O'Brien | April 17, 2019 NORTH JACKSON, Ohio – Online retail giant Amazon will establish its first presence in the Mahoning Valley with a small-scale distribution center and warehouse at the Youngstown Commerce Park that should be operational by this summer. So says Lee Burdman, managing partner of Redstone Investments in Girard, which owns a 43,200-square-foot warehouse and distribution center at the park that Amazon has leased. https://businessjournaldaily.com/is-amazon-on-its-way-to-north-jackson/
  6. Akron's Bounce Innovation Hub to unveil new space at open house April 16, 2019 10:59 AM updated 18 hours ago CRAIN'S AKRON BUSINESS Akron's Bounce Innovation Hub will rev up its Generator with a daylong open house on Wednesday, May 22. The incubator's 27,000-square-foot, first-floor space, dubbed the Generator, has undergone a transformation to build out and update the area to make it open and welcoming to entrepreneurs and the public. The redesigned first floor houses a coworking space, conference rooms, rentable office and event space, a makerspace, a café and a coffee shop, and an esports arena. https://www.crainscleveland.com/akron-news/akrons-bounce-innovation-hub-unveil-new-space-open-house
  7. An empty Beacon Journal building may be a challenge for Akron Dan Shingler April 14, 2019 04:00 AM There's a big hole about to appear in downtown Akron, and how and when it will be filled is anyone's guess. And it's likely to have a major impact on the city's core. It's the Akron Beacon Journal building, a historic sandstone edifice on an East Exchange Street site that occupies an entire city block between South High and South Broadway streets. The building has been the home of the city's daily newspaper since 1938, not to mention the nursery of a 20th-century media empire run by John S. Knight and his family. https://www.crainscleveland.com/real-estate/empty-beacon-journal-building-may-be-challenge-akron
  8. Downtown bank buildings heading for the auction block By Edd Pritchard GateHouse Media Ohio Posted Apr 15, 2019 at 5:00 AM A Cuyahoga Falls company has decided to sell the former Harter Bank building and the National City Bank building through an absolute auction on May 9. CANTON Two of the downtown’s former temples to finance will be on the auction block next month. The former KeyBank tower on Central Plaza N and the former National City Bank, at 315 Tuscarawas St. W, will be offered in an absolute auction by Kiko. The sale is set for noon May 9. Both buildings will be open for two hours before the sale. https://www.cantonrep.com/news/20190415/downtown-bank-buildings-heading-for-auction-block?utm_source=akron-morning-roundup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190415&utm_content=article13-headline
  9. ‘Is this really going to happen?’ Pro Football Hall of Fame village will become reality and impress, new director says By Susan Glaser, The Plain Dealer | Posted April 14, 2019 at 05:05 AM | Updated April 14, 2019 at 08:57 AM CANTON, Ohio -- Mike Crawford has heard from the skeptics, he’s listened to the cynics. “Is this really going to happen?” they ask him. “I’ve heard it’s dead,” they say. The Pro Football Hall of Fame village project is not dead, he tells them. It’s progressing, perhaps a little slower than initially envisioned, but it’s going to get built and it’s going to impress. https://expo.cleveland.com/life-and-culture/g66l-2019/04/fca380da874551/is-this-really-going-to-happen-pro-football-hall-of-fame-village-will-become-reality-and-impress-new-director-says.html
  10. The tax abatement is only 15 years, which both Cleveland and Akron offer currently. The 30 year time was for a TIF which I'm confused as to why they would need when it's adjacent to a $10 million public improvement project which has shown has sparked retail in the area.
  11. Former CMSD school, Akron’s Mayflower Manor in the running for Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Updated Apr 10, 8:40 AM; Posted Apr 10, 7:49 AM By Jordyn Grzelewski, The Plain Dealer The largest request in Northeast Ohio was for redevelopment of Akron’s Mayflower Manor, a 16-story building that dates back to the 1930s. Cleveland.com reported in November on plans to renovate the building, which already provided subsidized housing, but now will be geared toward tenants over age 55. A New-York based commercial real-estate company specializing in subsidized housing for seniors purchased the building and has said it plans to invest more than $10 million in the project, according to Cleveland.com. The project is seeking a $4 million historic-preservation tax credit from the state. The state program, which developers can apply for along with a similar federal program, allows applicants to ask for incentives of up to 25 percent of costs associated with rehabilitating a historic building, and up to $5 million per historic building. https://www.cleveland.com/business/2019/04/former-cmsd-school-akrons-mayflower-manor-in-the-running-for-ohio-historic-preservation-tax-credit.html
  12. Cuyahoga Falls approves rezoning of golf course property By Phil Keren / Cuyahoga Falls News-Press / GateHouse Media Ohio Posted Apr 9, 2019 at 7:55 AM Updated Apr 9, 2019 at 1:06 PM CUYAHOGA FALLS — Despite objections raised by many residents, a majority of City Council agreed Monday to rezone a golf course property as the first of several steps to allow the construction of a 148-unit townhome development on Akron-Peninsula Road. Council voted 7-4 to change the zoning of the Sycamore Valley Golf Course, 1651 Akron-Peninsula Road, from E-1 employment district to R-3 sub-urban density residential. The rezoning was requested by developer Danny Karam and Sycamore Valley Development Co. LLC for the project in which Ryan Homes would build the homes. https://www.ohio.com/news/20190409/cuyahoga-falls-approves-rezoning-of-golf-course-property?utm_source=akron-morning-roundup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190410&utm_content=article6-headline
  13. Anybody ever been outside of Cleveland? Of the last nine basketball based "arenas" that have opened, only one has "arena" in the name. And that one is Detroit which is equal amount for hockey.
  14. April 07, 2019 04:00 AM Neighborhood Watch: A wave of optimism at Akron's Summit Lake Dan Shingler Summit Lake is one of Akron's most blighted neighborhoods. It's where the city owns more lots than in any other part of town and where break-ins are too common at the homes that remain. https://www.crainscleveland.com/akron-news/neighborhood-watch-wave-optimism-akrons-summit-lake
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