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Akron: East End: Development and News

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2 hours ago, yanni_gogolak said:

 

An update on this. Akron Public Schools auctioned of a number of buildings fairly recently. This being one. It was bought by........IRG.

Nice! I figured they would step in and purchase it.

 

Seems like the entire Middlebury/East Market corridor is increasingly poised for renewal and growth. It's both timely and long overdue.

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21 hours ago, NEOBuckeye said:

 

South Main and the Main/Market Arts District? The benefits don't yet seem obvious in either one, but then, all of the recent construction hasn't done much to help either.

 

I can't find any info. readily available. But much like this scenario, I don't think they are used as a means to create "entertainment", just more a vehicle to open more liquor licenses. I want to say when they built Northside Lofts they need it there because they had plans for several new restaurants at the time. Not positive though.

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Akron City Council approves East End entertainment district, the first one outside of downtown

Posted Apr 1, 7:12 PM

By Robin Goist, cleveland.com

AKRON, Ohio – East End has become Akron’s third community entertainment district, and the city’s only such district outside of downtown Akron.

Akron City Council voted Monday to support a plan by Industrial Realty Group to bring retail, food service and entertainment businesses to the company’s mixed-use redevelopment around the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company headquarters on East Market Street by designating 80 acres as a “community entertainment district,” or CED.

 

https://www.cleveland.com/akron/2019/04/akron-city-council-approves-east-end-entertainment-district-the-first-one-outside-of-downtown.html

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Stopped in to check out Starbucks and Handel's a couple of days ago.

 

The Starbucks was surprisingly lacking in seating despite its spaciousness. It definitely gave the impression of being one of the locations where people should stop in to order latte on their way to the office, but not let the dust collect on their shoes or set up for more than a working meeting at the conference table and chairs in the back. For a store that I presume is supposed to serve as something of a neighborhood hub for East End, it communicates a much different message, and seems incongruent with its decidedly suburban exterior. For what it's worth, there does seem to be ample room to add more tables and seating along the wall opposite the counter.

 

The Handel's for its part had a few teenage girls standing at the counter, much like you would expect for a neighborhood walk-up ice cream stand.

 

The two stores are nice additions to an area that has been sorely lacking in retail. On the whole, however, the strip center seems like a missed opportunity for East End to extend the streetwall anchored by the former Goodyear HQ buildings and foster a genuine sense of walkability and vibrancy in the new district. What is really served by having the setback from E. Market with a row of parking in the front?

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4 hours ago, NEOBuckeye said:

Stopped in to check out Starbucks and Handel's a couple of days ago.

 

The Starbucks was surprisingly lacking in seating despite its spaciousness. It definitely gave the impression of being one of the locations where people should stop in to order latte on their way to the office, but not let the dust collect on their shoes or set up for more than a working meeting at the conference table and chairs in the back. For a store that I presume is supposed to serve as something of a neighborhood hub for East End, it communicates a much different message, and seems incongruent with its decidedly suburban exterior. For what it's worth, there does seem to be ample room to add more tables and seating along the wall opposite the counter.

 

The Handel's for its part had a few teenage girls standing at the counter, much like you would expect for a neighborhood walk-up ice cream stand.

 

The two stores are nice additions to an area that has been sorely lacking in retail. On the whole, however, the strip center seems like a missed opportunity for East End to extend the streetwall anchored by the former Goodyear HQ buildings and foster a genuine sense of walkability and vibrancy in the new district. What is really served by having the setback from E. Market with a row of parking in the front?

 

Couldn't agree more.

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On 5/9/2019 at 8:22 AM, NEOBuckeye said:

Stopped in to check out Starbucks and Handel's a couple of days ago.

 

The Starbucks was surprisingly lacking in seating despite its spaciousness. It definitely gave the impression of being one of the locations where people should stop in to order latte on their way to the office, but not let the dust collect on their shoes or set up for more than a working meeting at the conference table and chairs in the back. For a store that I presume is supposed to serve as something of a neighborhood hub for East End, it communicates a much different message, and seems incongruent with its decidedly suburban exterior. For what it's worth, there does seem to be ample room to add more tables and seating along the wall opposite the counter.

 

The Handel's for its part had a few teenage girls standing at the counter, much like you would expect for a neighborhood walk-up ice cream stand.

 

The two stores are nice additions to an area that has been sorely lacking in retail. On the whole, however, the strip center seems like a missed opportunity for East End to extend the streetwall anchored by the former Goodyear HQ buildings and foster a genuine sense of walkability and vibrancy in the new district. What is really served by having the setback from E. Market with a row of parking in the front?

 

The "anything is better than nothing" mentality is a low limit credit card. 

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