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A few Canton developments:

 

1.) The downtown Canton YMCA will be demolished this year and replaced with a new, smaller structure.  It will be called the "Eric Snow YMCA".  The new structure is pretty disappointing, more fitting of the suburbs.  Mr. Snow generously donated $1 million dollars towards the new building.  I am sad to see the old building go.

 

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2.) Crystal Park Hardware has closed it's doors for good.  It was dubbed as Canton's oldest.  I shopped there many times and I am REALLY going to miss that place.

 

3.) A new bar called "Sports Therapy" has opened in the former downtown Burger King.  Yes, that sounds awful....and it sort of is, but it did turn out much nicer than anyone would expect.

 

4.) The former Canton Steam Power Plant now has a tenant, an artist.  The building is owned by Steve Coon and serves mainly as a storage are for his restoration company.  Apparently Thomas Edison was involved in the design of the building.  It is also rumored that Al Capone may have dumped some bodies in the deep wells through the years.

 

5.) The Football Hall of Fame expansion is moving forward at a quick pace.  I need to swing by and take some photos next time I take my bicycle out that way.

 

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A few Canton developments:

 

1.) The downtown Canton YMCA will be demolished this year and replaced with a new, smaller structure.  It will be called the "Eric Snow YMCA".  The new structure is pretty disappointing, more fitting of the suburbs.  Mr. Snow generously donated $1 million dollars towards the new building.  I am sad to see the old building go.

 

 

What makes you say it's more fitting for the burbs? Only thing I would argue is that it appears to be set back from the street. Otherwise, I don't mind it. I'm not familiar with the old building though.

 

Funny coincidence: The YMCA program director's name is Mike Brown, to add to Eric Snow donating money for it.

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A few Canton developments:

 

1.) The downtown Canton YMCA will be demolished this year and replaced with a new, smaller structure.  It will be called the "Eric Snow YMCA".  The new structure is pretty disappointing, more fitting of the suburbs.  Mr. Snow generously donated $1 million dollars towards the new building.  I am sad to see the old building go.

 

 

What makes you say it's more fitting for the burbs? Only thing I would argue is that it appears to be set back from the street. Otherwise, I don't mind it. I'm not familiar with the old building though.

 

Yes, I don't like the way it is set back from the street.  The overall site plan includes a sea of parking lots.... something that area already has a lot of.  It's just a shame to lose the old building... but I do understand that it's needed.  At one point Steve Coon said he wanted to buy the old YMCA, but that never came to be.  Coon Restoration has been working on the Onesto Hotel for a very long time, I imagine that they don't want to take on too much more.

 

Here is the google maps view of the old YMCA building.  It had an unfortunate makeover at one point that removed it's original roofline details.

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Picture 1 by mkeller234, on Flickr

 

I never thought of the Mike Brown thing, but that is pretty funny stuff.

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Hall of Fame getting a facelift for the future

 

By Todd Porter

CantonRep.com staff writer

 

CANTON —

There is dirt and mud. Plywood and two-by-fours. These aren’t the makings of the history of football.  They are making the future of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  It is obvious when one drives past the Hall that Stark County’s iconic building is undergoing its biggest facelift since it originally was built in 1963.

 

http://www.cantonrep.com/sports/hall_of_fame/x872946809/Hall-of-Fame-getting-a-facelift-for-the-future

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Cross Posted with the Hall of fame thread:

 

I rode past the HOF today to take some exterior photos of the project.  They are really humming along, the exterior should look pretty decent for the next Induction ceremony.  The overall look is a lot less dramatic than I expected.  The decorative piece above the main entrance was really scaled down, at the moment I think it looks odd.  Even so, the expansion is a major improvement on what it used to look like.

 

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Panorama:

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Last year they cleaned up all of the copper on the original part of the building.  It had mostly turned completely black.

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Bonus Picture:

The remains of the Timken Mansion, which was donated to The Sisters of Mercy.  The landmark Stables and gatehouse were all part of this property.

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Thanks for the pics!  I never cared for the original building, so I'm glad to see that the new addition kinda gives you more to look at. :)

 

I saw this on facebook yesterday, but didn't think to post it here.

 

City seeking buyer for 59 Duncan Place, moving on foreclosure

By Matthew Rink

IndeOnline.com staff writer

Posted Mar 20, 2012 @ 11:48 PM

 

MASSILLON —

 

Buyers may be lining up to eventually bid on the troubled 59 Duncan Place apartments, which the city is foreclosing on in an effort to recoup an unpaid loan given to developers.

 

Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry confirmed Tuesday that additional entities and individuals have expressed interest in the 66-unit, nine-story property at 59 Lincoln Way E.

 

More: http://www.indeonline.com/news/x1704640899/City-seeking-buyer-for-59-Duncan-Place-moving-on-foreclosure

 

And, in response to your March 12 post, I see that Demmer's Hardware in Massillon (open since 1917) will also be closing. :(

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^ Wow, I did not know that building was being foreclosed on!  I also didn't know that it was apartments for seniors.  Is it nice at all?

 

Stark Parks has been busy adding some wonderful trails.  At the moment they are mostly short, isolated segments but they will eventually start connecting the dots.  I rode the brand new Middle Branch trail two days ago and was really pleased with it.  The trail starts near my house, runs through a playground/picnic area and continues through Gervasi Vineyard.  I was so impressed that I wrote an email to StarkParks to let them know what a nice job they did.  There will be an official grand opening on June 2nd after they finish some small parts of the trail and create signs.

 

Here are some pictures from that ride:

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This new fence smelled amazing:

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The new Villas at Gervasi Vineyard.  Gervasi deserves a thread of it's own, it's pretty amazing.

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Awesome pics! I especially liked that third photo.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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^ Wow, I did not know that building was being foreclosed on!  I also didn't know that it was apartments for seniors.  Is it nice at all?

 

I don't know if the apartments are nice, or not.  I wonder if whoever buys the building will keep it senior housing?  Back when the project was completed, in the mid-90's, downtown living was still a novelty outside of the big cities, and senior housing was probably seen as more of a sure bet.

 

This new fence smelled amazing:

 

Before I saw the picture, this phrase made me laugh.  You don't read/hear that phrase very often. :)

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^ Wow, I did not know that building was being foreclosed on!  I also didn't know that it was apartments for seniors.  Is it nice at all?

 

I don't know if the apartments are nice, or not.  I wonder if whoever buys the building will keep it senior housing?  Back when the project was completed, in the mid-90's, downtown living was still a novelty outside of the big cities, and senior housing was probably seen as more of a sure bet.

 

This new fence smelled amazing:

 

Before I saw the picture, this phrase made me laugh.  You don't read/hear that phrase very often. :)

 

Ha, yeah.  I think it's safe to safe that is also the last time I will probably ever say it.

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There was a very short blurb in the Repository, Steve Coon says he will have an announcement about the Hotel Onesto in coming weeks.  I hope it's good, I've been following that project for a good long while.

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There was a very short blurb in the Repository, Steve Coon says he will have an announcement about the Hotel Onesto in coming weeks.  I hope it's good, I've been following that project for a good long while.

 

Where and what is this hotel?


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Canton – Hotel Onesto (OHPTC & COAF) by Ohio Office of Redevelopment, on Flickr

 

The Onesto hotel is the second tallest building in downtown Canton.  It has been vacant for a very, very long time.  It received Historic tax credits from the state years ago but has been delayed by Asbestos removal and securing loans for construction.  The plan is for upscale apartments downtown, Steve Coon seems pretty determined to build a downtown population.

 

Here is the website for the project, it has not been updated since it was created.

http://historiconesto.com/info.html

 

And here is a quote from the website, with some background information about the building:

 

The Onesto Hotel officially opened its doors to the public on April 20, 1930. Francis A. Onesto, a young hotelier, recognized the potential in Canton, Ohio, and commissioned The H.L. Stevens Company to design and build a hotel that would rival hotels that were found in other metropolitan cities.

No expense was spared during the construction phase of the Onesto Hotel. Fireproof Pyro-Blocs were used for the main structures. The main lobby of the building features travertine marble staircases, brass hardware, travertine terrazzo flooring, American walnut wood trims, Italian Renaissance ornamental relief ceiling panels and a stunning crystal chandelier.

In 1982, the Onesto Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places, which marks it as a building of historic significance in American architecture and commerce.

Now, The Historic Onesto has been fully restored to create market rate housing in the heart of Canton’s downtown Historic District. The property will feature a bronze revolving door, and all of the existing features has been retained and restored for the enjoyment of its new occupants.

 

And finally, a great set of photos showing the building inside and out.  These are not my photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/63837784@N08/sets/72157627132553872/with/5909190691/

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Wow, that's a beauty!!


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Yeah, it's a pretty nice building.... except for the nasty appendage that was added later; "Bliss tower".  That back portion did not have a tower on it when the hotel was originally built, I believe it's the ballroom.

 

I toured the building about 2 years ago, after the asbestos abatement.  The upper floors were mostly empty.  The old elevator is still operational and was pretty cool to use.  There is a restaurant / bar called the Conestoga that has reopened on the ground floor recently.  It's a really nice bar with all of the original charm and great wooden details.  It's pretty surprising to me that the building still has so much of it's original features.

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Work under way at Shearer's Foods new HQ

 

IndeOnline.com staff report

Posted Mar 27, 2012 @ 11:46 PM

 

MASSILLON —

 

Signs of progress — whirring power tools and swirling dust — are easy to see inside the four-story Grand Mill Centre, located downtown across from the Massillon Museum, which is being renovated for Shearer’s Foods new corporate headquarters.

 

The 40,000-square-foot building, which was designed for multiple tenants, is being rehabbed to meet the needs of a single tenant, according to Kim Schumacher, president of Massillon-based Schumacher Construction Co., the project’s general contractor.

 

More: http://www.indeonline.com/communities/massillon/x221018411/Work-under-way-at-Shearers-Foods-new-HQ

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Downtown?? Awesome!!

 

Sounds like Massillon is following Kent's lead, with a small-town downtown pulling in a corporate HQ (or two) and building it with a traditional, pedestrian-friendly design!

 

http://www.indeonline.com/communities/massillon/x720909749/Shearers-move-to-city-delayed?photo=0


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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So long to Esber's.  I'm not old enough that I will miss this place.  It has been around since 1928 and must have had a great local reputation at one point.  It's still sad to see a local institution fail.... although, this one was in a pretty sad state.  Somewhere along that line it seems the passion died and the meal I had there was nothing worth returning for.  Anyway, I work next door and my employer bought the lot.  Standard Printing now owns nearly all of the property on that block, all the way from Cherry to Walnut.  The only two other buildings remaining are a body shop (that Standard owns) and a small church.

 

Esber's Restaurant demolished

 

CantonRep.com staff report

Posted Mar 29, 2012 @ 08:20 AM

Last update Mar 29, 2012 @ 02:15 PM

 

CANTON —

It took Eslich Wrecking about three hours Thursday to demolish the 84-year-old Esber’s Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge building.

 

Project Manager Rich Eslich said the demolition was smooth and easy, with no nearby utility poles to worry about.

 

http://www.cantonrep.com/newsnow/x760608133/Esbers-Restaurant-demolition-begins-today

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New life possible for Stone Block building

 

MASSILLON —

 

The old Stone Block building at the northeast corner of Tremont Avenue and Erie Street S could play an integral role in the city’s creation of an arts district.

 

“The owner of the building wants to clean it up and put it back into reuse,” Massillon Chamber of Commerce President Robert Sanderson said. “He’s got a real interest in the arts. Between the old Stone Block and the building that is up against it, where the bicycle shop was, he’s looking to bring some artists in to lease space. It’s all conceptual right now.”

 

More: http://www.indeonline.com/communities/massillon/x876162933/New-life-possible-for-Stone-Block-building

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What's even more impressive is that its continuous caster will rise 180 feet above ground -- and 80 feet below ground! And this investment (like others) is more proof that major companies see the natgas boom as big and long-lasting....

 

Timken breaks ground on big expansion

By Katie Byard

Beacon Journal business writer

 

Published: April 23, 2012 - 01:30 PM | Updated: April 24, 2012 - 07:05 AM

 

PERRY TWP.: Timken Co. Chairman Ward J. “Tim” Timken Jr. recalled Monday that people thought the company was “a little bit nuts” to begin building the $450 million Faircrest steel plant in the early 1980s recession that gave the Rust Belt its name.

 

On Monday, 30 years later, the bearing and steel maker ceremoniously broke ground on a $225 million expansion to the Faircrest plant, south of Canton.

 

Timken’s steel business is thriving. The Canton company reported record overall sales in 2011 and is expecting higher sales and income for this year.

 

READ MORE AT:

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/timken-breaks-ground-on-big-expansion-1.302373


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Republic headquarters sells for $165,000

 

By Matthew Rink

IndeOnline.com staff writer

Posted Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:19 PM

Last update Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:26 PM

 

MASSILLON —

 

Republic Steel’s former world headquarters sold at auction for $165,000 to First Street Development on Tuesday, and a company official says plans for the building and possibly the separately owned 350-acre, now-defunct steel yard behind it could be unveiled in August.

 

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Eisenhut answered in the affirmative and without hesitation when asked if the plans would lead to significant economic development for the area. The project partially is tied to the oil-and-gas industry, but not entirely, he said. He said the company is interested in the adjoining steel yard that was not part of the auction. However, he would not provide details of the plan.

 

“It’s the location, not the building,” he said. “It’s the property and the location.”

 

More: http://www.indeonline.com/news/x448224972/Republic-headquarters-sells-for-165-000?zc_p=0

 

That last quote has me worried.  I like this building, even though it's somewhat isolated.  And, it sounds like they have plans to tear it down in the name of progress.

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^The property itself sits on the Tuscarawas River and has easy access to the State Rt. 21 and Rt. 30 interchange in Southwestern Stark County, so the location is a very good one for industrial/manufacturing use.

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This building is of great historical significance as the Massillon office of Republic Steel Corp., once the 3rd largest steel company in the world. It was near here that the "Little Steel" strike of 1937 occurred where 3 workers were shot and killed by police after the company had expelled over 1000 workers because of union organizing activities. I grew up and worked there the summer after graduating from high school. Republic Steel once employed over 1/2 the entire workforce in the City of Massillon. (thank you Wikipedia!)

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I went out the other day and wasted some time downtown.  There are some new things happening that I hadn't noticed before.

 

The former downtown YMCA, soon to be torn down.

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The plywood in the Onesto is newish, at least there is a visible sign that something is going on.

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Another view, the YMCA is peeking over the top.

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There were some construction workers inside the Sten & Mann building. 

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AH!  These used to be covered with drop ceilings.

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My co-pilot:

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An artist set up shop in the Canton steam power plant.  Steve Coon owns this building.

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This building is looking great these days.  Someone did a nice job.

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The floor lights up underneath, it looks really cool.

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Another artist studio on Rex avenue

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Even better.... there was a full construction crew at the house next to mine today!

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Thanks for the pics!  I've probably said this before, but even though I grew up in Stark County, we were a Massillon oriented family, and almost never went to Canton.

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North Canton finds buyer for vacant car dealership building

 

By Dottie McGrew

Special to the Beacon Journal

Published: October 8, 2012 - 11:51 PM

 

NORTH CANTON: The former Willis Motor Co. site on North Main Street will become the new home of the North Canton YMCA Child Care Center.

 

The YMCA of Central Stark County purchased the long-vacant site last week for an undisclosed amount, North Canton Y Director Ben Wheeler said.

 

http://www.ohio.com/news/local-news/north-canton-finds-buyer-for-vacant-car-dealership-building-1.340457

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Yes, a new YMCA will replace the one being torn down.  The new one is much smaller and more of a suburban design with parking lots surrounding it.

 

Of course! While more cities are densifying, Ohio's cities are going in the opposite direction.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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