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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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^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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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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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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$3.3M overhaul of Risman Plaza to start in spring

Rachel Rathjens

Issue date: 9/24/09 Section: News

 

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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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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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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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From the 10/15/09 Daily Kent Stater

 

A breakdown of the new downtown

Construction planned to begin in 2010

 

By: Brittany Moseley

[...]

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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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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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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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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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.


"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" -- Lady Liberty

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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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$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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I actually like it, I guess it just depends on your personal taste.

 

Maybe it looks better in person.

I doubt it looks better in person because my pictures are amazing, lol. ;)

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Wow.... Kiva is still there 25 years later. And I spent many Saturday nights at Music & Speech, which was when my airshift was at WKHR.


"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" -- Lady Liberty

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Big money:

 

Kent State University plans $250 million in projects paid largely with new student fees

By TIMOTHY MAGAW

9:07 am, September 16, 2010

 

Kent State University is planning $250 million in facility upgrades and new construction projects that largely will be paid for through borrowing financed by an expansion in student fees.

 

 

The university's board of trustees moved forward with the plans at its Wednesday meeting at Kent State's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.

 

 

The bulk of the construction projects will be financed with $210 million in borrowings that hinge on state approval. The rest would be from state funds, fundraising and other money.

 

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20100916/FREE/100919898

 

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Well, so much for that excitement:

 

Fingerhut bucks KSU proposal for more fees

 

By Carol Biliczky

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

POSTED: 06:20 p.m. EDT, Sep 21, 2010

 

The chancellor for higher education in Ohio has axed a Kent State proposal to charge students up to $24 a credit hour for academic buildings — at least in its current form.

 

Eric Fingerhut said Tuesday he is willing to work with KSU officials to find a way to pay for $250 million in improvements to the Kent campus.

 

But the university will have to come up with some better ideas, he said.

 

''I've made it pretty clear that the proposal they've submitted is not acceptable,'' Fingerhut said. ''We've not been successful in reaching an agreement.''

 

http://www.ohio.com/news/103480904.html

 

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Image from kentwired.com

 

Risman Plaza area to double in size soon

Written by Jessica White Tuesday, 28 September 2010 18:44

 

images The Risman Plaza area will double in size next year, Tom Euclide, associate vice president for facility planning and operation said.

 

Construction for a new “student green” in front of Risman Plaza will begin in the spring of 2011, Euclide said, and is expected to be finished by fall of the same year.

 

The green will be directly in front of Risman Plaza and stretch to Summit Street. As hinted by its name, the green will be mostly grass, but will also have a performance stage, clock tower and several sidewalks connecting the space to Risman Plaza.

 

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Some older news...

 

New recreation fields coming soon

Written by Darian Thomas Tuesday, 21 September 2010 19:03

 

The plans for the new recreation fields are in and are expected to be ready for the Fall 2011 school year and intramural season.

 

“As of right now, not much construction on the fields is being done, mostly just demolition,” Kim Rufra, associate director at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, said. ”The architects are still talking about the setup of the fields.”

 

According to the plans, the proposal includes two lit recreational fields, two tennis courts, a basketball court and an irrigation and drainage system to keep the turf in good condition.

 

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