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Stark County devising way to keep score of development progress

By Alison Matas

GateHouse Media Ohio

Posted Apr 9, 2018 at 7:27 PM

 

The document is a follow-up to “Strengthening Stark,” a report released last summer that determined the county is becoming older, poorer and less populated.

 

The economic plan being designed to help Stark County grow its population will come with a scorecard.

 

Nonprofit JumpStart Inc. and affiliated Innovation Economy Partners — a Cleveland-based consulting firm that provides economic impact support to communities — are developing a measurable economic development plan for Stark County. Work began last year with data collection. More than 20 people in the county who have jobs devoted to economic development meet regularly to help with recommendations.

 

http://www.cantonrep.com/special/20180409/stark-county-devising-way-to-keep-score-of-development-progress

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Visit Canton to move into Onesto

By Robert Wang

Posted Jun 7, 2018 at 7:23 PM

 

For the first time in its history, the Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau will be in its own office space.

 

CANTON After 38 years, Stark County’s tourism bureau is leaving the nest.

 

But it’s only going a short walk away.

 

http://www.cantonrep.com/news/20180607/visit-canton-to-move-into-onesto

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Was at the stadium last night for the concert with my family. There is absolutely nothing going on there constructionwise. The stadium is still incomplete, which is just baffling.

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I'm having trouble grasping this Market Square project.  Are the city leaders so out of touch that they actually believe spending $5.5m on a block in the middle of downtown is going "reintroduce the city to the region"?  It's not going to do jack. Canton's reputation doesn't hinge on one downtown parcel, but it's aging population, decaying inner ring, lack of quality education, high violent crime rate, and low property values. This project doesn't do anything but allow the leaders to say they did something, even if it's a big waste of money.

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Canton officials: Market Square will ‘reintroduce Canton to the outside region’

By Kelly Byer

Posted Jul 30, 2018 at 9:37 PM

Updated Jul 30, 2018 at 11:06 PM

 

CANTON City Council authorized officials to enter any contracts needed to complete Market Square by the NFL’s centennial in September 2020.

 

Monday’s vote put a years-long process into action. Plans for the grassy lot began in earnest with a 2013 downtown development plan. That plan was incorporated into the city’s comprehensive plan, which recommended ways Canton should focus its resources.

 

City leaders and community members have seen variations of conceptual designs the past several years, and City Council approved the one proposed in July 2016 by the Columbus-based MKSK firm.

 

“We waited because we didn’t have have funding to do it,” Mayor Thomas Bernabei told the council during a finance committee meeting Monday.

 

 

http://www.cantonrep.com/news/20180730/canton-officials-market-square-will-reintroduce-canton-to-outside-region

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I'm having trouble grasping this Market Square project.  Are the city leaders so out of touch that they actually believe spending $5.5m on a block in the middle of downtown is going "reintroduce the city to the region"?  It's not going to do jack. Canton's reputation doesn't hinge on one downtown parcel, but it's aging population, decaying inner ring, lack of quality education, high violent crime rate, and low property values. This project doesn't do anything but allow the leaders to say they did something, even if it's a big waste of money.

 

I think it will do more than "jack." Investments like these have typically been catalysts for downtown revitalization, which can have a meaningful impact on regional reputation even if there are other major challenges citywide to address.

 

The total cost of this project, given that the the primary funding source is city income tax, is where I have concern. The city could likely complete a project with a similar impact for half the cost, and they should be attracting more private philanthropy. Hamilton's new Marcum Park--a one block park downtown also designed by MKSK--was funded almost exclusively with a $3.5 million donation by the Marcum Family.

 

 

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It would be pretty unusual for a project like this to spark a revitalization; usually they're just something done on the fringes of an on-going revitalization. The way the city leadership talks about it, one may get the impression this thing will be the Canton version of "The Bean" in Chicago, sparking a flood of visitors (and a subsequent renewal of downtown).  That's just not going to happen. They'll build it, and hardly anyone will care after a year.

 

I don't have a problem with doing something with Market Square - it is, as it stands, in need of refurbishment. My issues are with the proposed designs and the $5.5m pricetag. Design-wise, for example, why does downtown need a permanent stage and video screen? People are only downtown en masse 6 or 7 times a year.  A space for a temporary stage and video screen would be more appropriate and most definitely cheaper. And I sort of shudder when I think of what sort of "sculpture" they plan to install.

 

I may come off as overly pessimistic, but I have no reason to not be. The city is run by people who don't really seem to care about it, and frivolous projects like this just highlight that fact.

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It's fair to say that you think the project isn't the right design, or too expensive, or shouldn't be done at all.  But I don't see how it makes any sense to say that it is a sign that the people who are pursuing it "don't care".  If one doesn't care they don't go out of their way to pursue a difficult and expensive objective.

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It looks like there is a lot of public feedback they will be accepting. I would suggest you get involved to help steer the project since you feel passionate about it. It doesn’t look like anything is set. They want to do something and have the money to use to beautify that block. Since Canton isn’t that big of a population and not that many people are that proactive, you will probably be surprised at how much say you can have if you can give logical and thoughtful input.

  I certainly have no care what they do since i get to Canton maybe once a year. It might be better to put the money to use in coming up with an urban street plan for all of downtown Canton as far as 1 way streets, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, stop light synchronization, and transit.  Also a plan could be worked on to add more residents downtown and ways to make it more liveable.

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"We're so retarded we think this is art." - Mike Polk

 

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This is what I'm talking about: completely unnecessary. This is a vanity project by the leaders of the city. They want to spend $1m on a huge LED screen!

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It looks like there is a lot of public feedback they will be accepting. I would suggest you get involved to help steer the project since you feel passionate about it. It doesn’t look like anything is set. They want to do something and have the money to use to beautify that block. Since Canton isn’t that big of a population and not that many people are that proactive, you will probably be surprised at how much say you can have if you can give logical and thoughtful input.

  I certainly have no care what they do since i get to Canton maybe once a year. It might be better to put the money to use in coming up with an urban street plan for all of downtown Canton as far as 1 way streets, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, stop light synchronization, and transit.  Also a plan could be worked on to add more residents downtown and ways to make it more liveable.

 

I agree with everything here.  Unfortunately, I will not be living in Canton until I finish my degree this coming school year.  That's part of the frustration, really.

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Downtown Canton Land Bank trying to fill empty storefronts

By Kelly Byer
CantonRep.com staff writer

Posted at 5:07 AM

 

Downtown Canton Land Bank focuses on city’s center and believes downtown Canton “has come a long way.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of two parts looking at vacant commercial buildings in Canton.

CANTON Property owners have invested more than $51 million in commercial buildings and more than $53 million in mixed-use developments downtown since 2000.

Michael Gill, who directs the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s downtown development partnership, said the figures he provided show improvement. There still are several empty storefronts, but the downtown has “come a long way.”

 

https://www.cantonrep.com/news/20190311/downtown-canton-land-bank-trying-to-fill-empty-storefronts

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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

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Canton revamps plans for downtown green space

By Kelly Byer
CantonRep.com staff writer

Posted Apr 21, 2019 at 5:41 AM

Canton City Council asked to approve $7.4 million to start construction.

CANTON First it was called the Kresge block. Then Market Square.

Now, the grassy lot in downtown Canton soon could be referred to as Centennial Plaza, and Mayor Thomas Bernabei says it will be built, provided Canton City Council appropriates $7.4 million for the project.

 

https://www.cantonrep.com/news/20190421/canton-revamps-plans-for-downtown-green-space

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Nothing here about what they're doing in downtown Massillon? My family lives there and they've begun work on their "Imagine Massillon" project to redo the streetscaping downtown, put utilities underground, add bike lanes, and build condos. I can't find a good article on on but here's the project I'm talking about:

 

https://www.indeonline.com/news/20180102/imagine-gains-momentum-for-2018

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Nice!  I like Downtown Massillon- especially since the Towpath Trail goes right by it.

 

You know this makes you our Massillon correspondent, right?

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Haha, can't believe there are no others! I live in Columbus now but I grew up there, know it well, and I'm still up there all the time (Canton as well).

 

Downtown Massillon has so much potential. I'm so glad something is happening because it has a unique charm. Lots of mistakes made there but it's still salvageable, haha. This is a good and important step for the city.

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On 5/2/2019 at 12:22 PM, Zyrokai said:

Nothing here about what they're doing in downtown Massillon? My family lives there and they've begun work on their "Imagine Massillon" project to redo the streetscaping downtown, put utilities underground, add bike lanes, and build condos. I can't find a good article on on but here's the project I'm talking about:

 

https://www.indeonline.com/news/20180102/imagine-gains-momentum-for-2018

 

City Councilwoman Sarita Cunningham, R-Ward 1, said she’s not sold on the Imagine initiative, and would rather see the city invest more in filling vacant downtown-area homes with young families seeking their first home purchases.

“If we get these homes filled, we won’t need to fix downtown,” said Cunningham, the longtime owner of Massillon Quickprint at 131 First St. NE.

 

They have two grant sources mentioned, ODOT and Ohio Public Works. Would they give money to fixing housing? This sounds like a FB comment from people that don't do any research about where the money is coming from. Hmm, when's she up for election?

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City Council approves $12.3 million Centennial Plaza

 

By Kelly Byer
CantonRep.com staff writer

Posted May 13, 2019 at 11:21 PM Updated May 13, 2019 at 11:30 PM

‘We need to take pride in our city,’ Mayor Thomas Bernabei says in advocating for project in downtown Canton.

CANTON City Council has appropriated $12.9 million to develop Centennial Plaza — the grassy block downtown formerly known as Market Square.

 

https://www.cantonrep.com/news/20190513/city-council-approves-123-million-centennial-plaza

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^I'm glad the plaza project is moving forward, but the cost seems too high. I'd rather see them spread some of their comprehensive plan funds around downtown or neighborhoods instead of dumping all $12 million in the one block.

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North Canton planning a new Hoover economic district

 

By Jessica Holbrook
CantonRep.com business writer

Posted May 20, 2019 at 11:02 PM

 

A portion of Increased property tax revenue generated by businesses in the eight Hoover District Downtown Redevelopment Districts would be reinvested in the form of grants, loans and infrastructure improvements.

NORTH CANTON The city is pursuing a new plan to boost economic development downtown, particularly in the Hoover District.

City Council introduced Monday legislation to create the Hoover District Downtown Redevelopment Districts. The eight districts encompass businesses or other areas that could be site of new developments near the former Hoover Company headquarters.

 

https://www.cantonrep.com/news/20190520/north-canton-planning-new-hoover-economic-district?utm_source=akron-morning-roundup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190521&utm_content=article7-headline

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Hall of Fame Village seeks to buy McKinley Grand

By Kelly Byer
CantonRep.com staff writer

Posted at 5:30 AM

 

Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village seeks tax abatement to refurbish downtown Canton hotel.

CANTON City documents show Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village is the interested buyer seeking a tax abatement to refurbish downtown’s hotel property.

The sale of the McKinley Grand Hotel at 320 Market Ave. S is not finalized, according to county records and Village CEO Mike Crawford.

 

https://www.cantonrep.com/news/20190715/hall-of-fame-village-seeks-to-buy-mckinley-grand

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