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$1.5 million Knight Foundation grant will help connect the dots, improve public spaces for a more vibrant downtown Akron

By Betty Lin-Fisher

Beacon Journal staff writer

Published: July 11, 2017 - 10:10 PM | Updated: July 12, 2017 - 08:20 AM

 

A $1.5 million grant to the Downtown Akron Partnership is designed to bring the “icing to the cake” and “connect the dots” of various bright spots throughout downtown Akron, while encouraging new improvements.

 

All of that will make downtown Akron more vibrant to retain and attract people, organizers said.

 

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/1-5-million-knight-foundation-grant-will-help-connect-the-dohttp://www.ohio.com/news/local/1-5-million-knight-foundation-grant-will-help-connect-the-dots-improve-public-spaces-for-a-more-vibrant-downtown-akron-1.779747

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Building an Akron with people and for people

July 12, 2017 by Suzie Graham

 

Suzie Graham is president of Downtown Akron Partnership, a nonprofit organization that builds and promotes the vibrancy and value of downtown Akron. Below, she writes about undertaking focused public space improvements in the downtown to improve neighborhood life. Downtown Akron Partnership is receiving $1.5 million in new support from Knight Foundation.

 

Visualize a vibrant city. Several features typically come to mind: authentic architecture, distinctive destinations, inviting green spaces, delicious and diverse food, intriguing art, a variety of transportation options and one critical and consistent element— ever-present people. The ways that people interact with a place, and with other people in that place, define the character and quality of a city.

 

https://knightfoundation.org/articles/building-an-akron-with-people-and-for-people

 

 

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Akron City Council sells land for business, art project

By Doug Livingston

Published: July 17, 2017 - 09:15 PM | Updated: July 17, 2017 - 10:00 PM

 

City Council sold two pieces of public land Monday to private interests who will build a 22,000-square-foot freezer and tiny homes for traveling artists.

 

The purchase agreements have been vetted by Akron city’s planning and economic development departments. The first would allow Country Pure Foods Inc., which makes more than 300 types of juice products, to build a $6 million cold storage facility beside its Waterloo Road property in Kenmore.

 

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/akron-city-council-sells-land-for-business-art-project-1.781064

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This project has been in the works for over a decade. I think with the new developers there is some new life, but still skeptical.

 

Not unwarranted. City Council member says financing for the project is still a problem for the new developers... even with the tax credits.

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City engineers and developers say downtown is primed for 200 apartments

By Doug Livingston

Beacon Journal staff writer

Published: July 28, 2017 - 06:23 PM

 

The major actors in the revitalization of downtown Akron met Friday morning to discuss the numerous public and private projects that are gelling in the heart of the city.

 

Downtown Akron Partnership convened city engineers, civic leaders and private developers to talk about how to avoid stepping on each others’ toes amid what the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com estimates to be $177 million in planned or ongoing projects.

 

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/city-engineers-and-developers-say-downtown-is-primed-for-200-apartments-1.783800

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Cost of Main Street Corridor project doubles

By Doug Livingston

Beacon Journal staff writer

Published: July 31, 2017 - 10:38 PM

 

City engineers on Monday released computer renderings for the Main Street Corridor.

 

The images — produced by architects at GPD Group — show two-way traffic in two lanes, down from four in some parts, with left-hand turning lanes from Exchange Street all the way north to Mill Street, where landscaped islands will be brought forward to define the edges of a roundabout wrapping a perfect circle of grass and brick.

 

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/cost-of-main-street-corridor-project-doubles-1.784416#

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R. Shea confirms Canal Place as site of new production brewery, restaurant

Published: August 1, 2017 - 11:25 AM | Updated: August 1, 2017 - 2:12 PM

By Rick Armon

R. Shea Brewing Co. is targeting Canal Place in downtown Akron as the site for its new production brewery and restaurant.

 

The Akron nanobrewery, which hasn’t even celebrated its second anniversary yet, plans to open a 20-barrel brewery and eatery in the former B.F. Goodrich complex along South Main Street. It’s a $2.7 million project.

He’s also pushing for the creation of an Akron brewery district, citing the future proximity of R. Shea, Missing Falls, Akronym, Lock 15 and Thirsty Dog in the downtown area.

 

https://www.ohio.com/akron/pages/r-shea-confirms-canal-place-as-site-of-new-production-brewery-restaurant

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I just want to point out that Akronym is an awesome name.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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One of my friends was actually in a band here in town called the Akronyms a while back.  I actually was curious whether any of them were also later involved in the brewery, but I don't think so.

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Akron hopes innovation will jump ahead with planned BOUNCE district

By DAN SHINGLER

September 03, 2017 4:00 am

 

Businesses are going to be key to the success of Akron mayor Dan Horrigan's new venture, the BOUNCE Innovation District, planned for the area around Canal Place on South Main Street.

 

That's according to, among others, David Zipper, the main man who helped the city conceive of BOUNCE.

 

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170903/news/134231/akron-hopes-innovation-will-jump-ahead-planned-bounce-district

 

 

Akron Honey abuzz with new product focus

By JENNIFER KARPUS-ROMAIN

September 03, 2017 4:00 am

 

Brent Wesley is known around Northeast Ohio for his hustle. He started Akron Honey Co. in June 2013 and gained a lot of local notoriety after appearing on CNBC's reality business show "Cleveland Hustles" in 2016.

 

On the show, he turned down a $100,000 investment because he still needed to figure out where he wanted his company to go.

 

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170903/news/134236/akron-honey-abuzz-new-product-focus

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Akron Public Schools consider buying SummaCare building downtown

Published: October 3, 2017 - 5:39 PM | Updated: October 3, 2017 - 10:35 PM

By Katie Byard

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James said the district is considering acquiring the soon-to-be-vacant SummaCare building in downtown Akron as the possible new administration building.

 

James said in a district newsletter released Tuesday that he, other administrators and board members have toured the building at Main and Market streets and “believe the building could be excellent for our needs.”

 

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/akron-public-schools-eyeing-summacare-building-in-downtown-akron

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I guess that's better than having the building be vacant.  Would like something a less less governmental there, but so it goes.  Not like an insurer was really a big contributor to nightlife and vitality in that area anyway, and the giant federal building is also on that corner, so it's not like it's likely to develop into a thriving cultural area anyway (even with the Historic District literally less than a block away).

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Akron's new Northside Marketplace is place for retail and entrepreneurs to grow

By SUE WALTON   

October 08, 2017 

 

Joel Testa sees the new Northside Marketplace as an antidote to retail's woes.

 

"This is how we bring retail back," the president of Testa Companies said on a recent tour of the project.

 

He also sees it as a springboard for young Akron businesses to gain a foothold. And if those companies can do that, it's another step in revitalizing downtown and bringing in residents.

 

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20171008/news/138061/akrons-new-northside-marketplace-place-retail-and-entrepreneurs-grow

 

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I guess that's better than having the building be vacant.  Would like something a less less governmental there, but so it goes.  Not like an insurer was really a big contributor to nightlife and vitality in that area anyway, and the giant federal building is also on that corner, so it's not like it's likely to develop into a thriving cultural area anyway (even with the Historic District literally less than a block away).

 

The original plan was apparently for APS to move out of 70 N. Broadway and consolidate its offices into the 400 W Market building, which formerly housed McDonalds' corporate offices, and has since served as temporary "swing space" for schools that were being renovated or rebuilt. APS now owns that building outright.

 

I can see how APS buying the SummaCare building might raise some eyebrows around the community though, particularly when the district was supposedly short of the money and students needed to rebuild Kenmore and Garfield high schools separately. So how do they justify purchasing a relatively new HQ building--and at a major downtown intersection at that--while the district continues to shrink?

 

Administrative bloat, anyone?

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I guess that's better than having the building be vacant.  Would like something a less less governmental there, but so it goes.  Not like an insurer was really a big contributor to nightlife and vitality in that area anyway, and the giant federal building is also on that corner, so it's not like it's likely to develop into a thriving cultural area anyway (even with the Historic District literally less than a block away).

 

The original plan was apparently for APS to move out of 70 N. Broadway and consolidate its offices into the 400 W Market building, which formerly housed McDonalds' corporate offices, and has since served as temporary "swing space" for schools that were being renovated or rebuilt. APS now owns that building outright.

 

I can see how APS buying the SummaCare building might raise some eyebrows around the community though, particularly when the district was supposedly short of the money and students needed to rebuild Kenmore and Garfield high schools separately. So how do they justify purchasing a relatively new HQ building--and at a major downtown intersection at that--while the district continues to shrink?

 

Administrative bloat, anyone?

 

Kenmore and Garfield were combined because both had declining enrollment. I think one of them only was about 50% full. Also, the State said they will only kick in for one more new school build. The State pays almost 60% of the cost.

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Stark State buying land for gateway to Akron campus

Published: October 10, 2017 - 9:19 AM | Updated: October 10, 2017 - 8:26 PM

By Katie Byard

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

Stark State College is moving forward on its plan to create a prominent entrance off East Market Street to its under-construction Akron campus.

 

Stark State has asked for the state Controlling Board’s approval to purchase 2.12 acres of land near Market and Forge streets at the northeast edge of downtown Akron for $660,000.

 

https://www.ohio.com/akron/business/stark-state-buying-land-for-gateway-to-akron-campus

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Wholly Joe Coffee to add downtown Akron location

Updated on October 11, 2017 at 2:36 PM Posted on October 11, 2017 at 2:32 PM

By Megan Becka, special to cleveland.com

 

AKRON, Ohio - Wholly Joe Coffee House and Bakery will open its second Akron location at 333 South Main Street in November.

 

The coffee house will feature fair-trade and organically grown coffees, along with teas, sandwiches, soups and baked goods. Like its Merriman Road location, all coffees will be roasted in-house and used within a week for optimal freshness.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/10/wholly_joe_coffee_to_add_downt.html#incart_river_index

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New downtown Akron outdoor art gallery adds to Northside District’s vibrancy

Published: October 16, 2017 - 7:28 PM | Updated: October 16, 2017 - 8:35 PM

By Katie Byard

 

No one is going to care if the paintings get wet at the new outdoor art gallery in downtown Akron’s Northside District.

 

That’s because the large paintings — installed on a wall along Furnace Street at the district’s entrance — are actually reproduced works of art on vinyl.

 

https://www.ohio.com/akron/lifestyle/new-downtown-akron-outdoor-art-gallery-adds-to-northside-districts-vibrancy

 

 

 

 

Akron's new Northside Marketplace embodies shop local, with 35 retail start-ups   

Updated on September 13, 2017 at  5:34 PM Posted on September 13, 2017 at  5:33 PM

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

 

  AKRON, Ohio -- The new Northside Marketplace, soon to open on the ground floor of the Northside Lofts, is designed as more than a shopping destination.

With support from Downtown Akron Partnership and the Knight Foundation, Testa Companies' new indoor marketplace, planned to open in October, will serve as a kind of incubator to help startup companies grow, while offering Akronites a unique place to shop and gather.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/09/new_northside_marketplace_set.html

 

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A campus with a view; Stark State College Akron emerges; set to open fall 2018

Published: November 1, 2017 - 5:28 PM | Updated: November 1, 2017 - 5:47 PM

By Katie Byard

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

From the ground, it looks like a typical construction site.

 

Inside, the new Stark State College campus taking shape offers a sweeping view of downtown Akron.

 

Students will get to enjoy that view when the $14 million brick-and-glass building, visible from state Route 8, opens in fall 2018.

 

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/breaking-news-news/a-campus-with-a-view-stark-state-college-akron-emerges-set-to-open-fall-2018

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Akron’s about to get $20 million in housing

Published: November 5, 2017 - 6:14 PM | Updated: November 6, 2017 - 12:39 PM

By Doug Livingston

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

Akron builders plan to break ground next year on $20 million in housing for America’s newest and oldest residents.

 

The two projects — a plot of 40 town homes in North Hill, where a glut of immigrants are gobbling up housing, and 40 apartments in Middlebury for the elderly — have Testa written all over them.

 

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/akrons-about-to-get-20-million-in-housing

 

 

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Akron gets $2 million in state aid, sells old building for $500,000 to company it nurtured

Published: November 13, 2017 - 8:10 PM | Updated: November 14, 2017 - 1:56 PM

By Doug Livingston

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

 

company hatched in Akron’s business incubator is buying a building the city can’t afford to maintain. And the city is accepting $2 million from the state to build a new business incubator.

 

Akron City Council fast-tracked an agreement Monday with the University of Akron to apply up to $2 million in state capital funds for the coming fiscal year to the Bounce Project, the city’s newest engine for tech entrepreneurs. The grant money was approved in Ohio’s 2018-19 Transportation Budget.

 

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/city-get-2-million-in-state-aid-sells-old-building-for-500000-to-company-it-nurtured

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Akron land swap geared toward hundreds of medical jobs and tens of millions in private development

Published: November 20, 2017 - 8:20 PM | Updated: November 21, 2017 - 7:20 AM

By Doug Livingston

 

Akron Children’s Hospital is swapping property with the city in a deal that could keep hundreds of jobs downtown, inspire tens of millions of dollars in private development and carve out Akron’s first designated children’s area.

 

Akron City Council fast-tracked a proposal Monday to accept $1.8 million and give two properties (listed in 26 separate parcels, valued at $2.9 million) to Akron Children’s Hospital. In return, the hospital gave the city the Wills Lot (listed in three parcels valued at $115,000) on the other side of the innerbelt near Glendale Cemetery. The city is giving up nearly $1 million to make the deal.

 

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/akron-land-swap-geared-toward-hundreds-of-medical-jobs-and-tens-of-millions-in-private-development

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In other news…

 

• Superintendent David James said the building at 10 N. Main St. looks like the most viable option for the district’s ongoing search to consolidate its administrative offices once SummaCare moves out in March. He plans to have a final recommendation next month.

 

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/akron-school-board-approves-plans-for-lebron-jamess-i-promise-school

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Mayor Dan Horrigan announces board members and CEO search for new Bounce innovation center

Updated Dec 6, 1:49 PM; Posted Dec 6, 1:53 PM

 

 

 

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

 

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AKRON, Ohio -The search is on for a CEO to head up Bounce, the city's new, nonprofit, central innovation center.

 

Mayor Dan Horrigan on Wednesday announced five area professionals who will serve on the board of the facility, which is designed to support innovation, entrepreneurship and investment in Akron's startup and business community. The Bounce board includes:

 

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/12/mayor_dan_horrigan_announces_b.html#incart_river_index

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Any way you could downsize these images a little?  That is huge!

 

What platform are you viewing on? Fits fine on a PC.

I changed it to a clickable image for enlargement. But here are some of the slides:

 

How to make downtown Akron more vibrant: New redevelopment plan offers many ideas

Updated Dec 7, 4:56 PM; Posted Dec 7, 4:58 PM

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

 

AKRON, Ohio - New townhomes along the Ohio & Erie Canal, stronger connections to the Towpath Trail and a pedestrian bridge from downtown to the Northside Arts District are all recommendations in a plan to make downtown Akron more vibrant.

 

The Downtown Akron Vision & Redevelopment draft plan was revealed Wednesday night at the Akron Civic Theatre at a meeting led by MKSK urban designers. The plan focuses on five key areas of downtown that could be re-enlivened and redeveloped over a 10-year period. The ideas are based on resident input gleaned throughout the year from meetings, surveys, interviews and interactive tools. MKSK, based in Columbus, will release a final plan in early 2018.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/12/recommendations_revealed_for_r.html#incart_river_index

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Akron Public Schools to save about $1.3 million through office consolidation

Updated Dec 8; Posted Dec 8

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

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AKRON, Ohio - Akron Public Schools could save as much as $1.3 million dollars a year when it consolidates its administration team into the former SummaCare building next year.

 

SummaCare will move its corporate offices to Akron's East End neighborhood in March into the space that formerly housed the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company headquarters.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/12/akron_public_schools_to_save_a.html#incart_river_index

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Bowery Development Group seeks $1.85 million to construct Lock 4 Arcade

Updated Jan 30, 4:21 PM; Posted Jan 30, 4:25 PM

 

 

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

 

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AKRON, Ohio - The Bowery Development Group is seeking an additional $1.85 million to help better integrate Main Street with the Ohio & Erie Canal at Lock 4 in the Bowery Project. The canal flows behind the six historic buildings featured in the project.

 

The $38 million Bowery Project is redeveloping the historic, 12-story Landmark Building and five smaller retail buildings from 164 S. Main St. to 184 S. Main St. in the same block as the Akron Civic Theatre.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2018/01/bowery_development_group_seeks.html#incart_river_index

 

 

 

 

United Way looking to purchase Sojourner Truth Building from Summit County

Updated Jan 30, 5:04 PM; Posted Jan 30, 2:02 PM

 

 

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

 

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AKRON, Ohio - United Way of Summit County will soon join Akron Public Schools as residents of the north end of downtown Akron, invigorating a section of the city that could have slipped into decline.

 

Akron Public Schools will consolidate its offices this year by moving into Ten N. Main St., which SummaCare is vacating as it moves to the previous Goodyear Tire & Rubber headquarters in the East Akron neighborhood.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2018/01/united_way_looking_to_purchase.html

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Bowery Development Group seeks $1.85 million to construct Lock 4 Arcade

Updated Jan 30, 4:21 PM; Posted Jan 30, 4:25 PM

 

 

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

 

jconnCleveland[/member].com

 

AKRON, Ohio - The Bowery Development Group is seeking an additional $1.85 million to help better integrate Main Street with the Ohio & Erie Canal at Lock 4 in the Bowery Project. The canal flows behind the six historic buildings featured in the project.

 

The $38 million Bowery Project is redeveloping the historic, 12-story Landmark Building and five smaller retail buildings from 164 S. Main St. to 184 S. Main St. in the same block as the Akron Civic Theatre.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2018/01/bowery_development_group_seeks.html#incart_river_index

 

 

 

Awesome.  What a fantastic development this is going to be.  Lock 4 is a beautiful and underutilized gem in the middle of Akron. 

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Bowery Development Group seeks $1.85 million to construct Lock 4 Arcade

Updated Jan 30, 4:21 PM; Posted Jan 30, 4:25 PM

 

 

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

 

jconnCleveland[/member].com

 

AKRON, Ohio - The Bowery Development Group is seeking an additional $1.85 million to help better integrate Main Street with the Ohio & Erie Canal at Lock 4 in the Bowery Project. The canal flows behind the six historic buildings featured in the project.

 

The $38 million Bowery Project is redeveloping the historic, 12-story Landmark Building and five smaller retail buildings from 164 S. Main St. to 184 S. Main St. in the same block as the Akron Civic Theatre.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2018/01/bowery_development_group_seeks.html#incart_river_index

 

 

 

Awesome.  What a fantastic development this is going to be.  Lock 4 is a beautiful and underutilized gem in the middle of Akron. 

 

Question, are there any renderings or ideas on how to address the huge blank (west?) wall of the theater?

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Bowery Development Group seeks $1.85 million to construct Lock 4 Arcade

Updated Jan 30, 4:21 PM; Posted Jan 30, 4:25 PM

 

 

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

 

jconnCleveland[/member].com

 

AKRON, Ohio - The Bowery Development Group is seeking an additional $1.85 million to help better integrate Main Street with the Ohio & Erie Canal at Lock 4 in the Bowery Project. The canal flows behind the six historic buildings featured in the project.

 

The $38 million Bowery Project is redeveloping the historic, 12-story Landmark Building and five smaller retail buildings from 164 S. Main St. to 184 S. Main St. in the same block as the Akron Civic Theatre.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2018/01/bowery_development_group_seeks.html#incart_river_index

 

 

 

Awesome.  What a fantastic development this is going to be.  Lock 4 is a beautiful and underutilized gem in the middle of Akron. 

 

Question, are there any renderings or ideas on how to address the huge blank (west?) wall of the theater?

 

There's a mural on it.

 

Bowery Development Group seeks $1.85 million to construct Lock 4 Arcade

Updated Jan 30, 4:21 PM; Posted Jan 30, 4:25 PM

 

 

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

 

jconnCleveland[/member].com

 

AKRON, Ohio - The Bowery Development Group is seeking an additional $1.85 million to help better integrate Main Street with the Ohio & Erie Canal at Lock 4 in the Bowery Project. The canal flows behind the six historic buildings featured in the project.

 

The $38 million Bowery Project is redeveloping the historic, 12-story Landmark Building and five smaller retail buildings from 164 S. Main St. to 184 S. Main St. in the same block as the Akron Civic Theatre.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2018/01/bowery_development_group_seeks.html#incart_river_index

 

 

 

Awesome.  What a fantastic development this is going to be.  Lock 4 is a beautiful and underutilized gem in the middle of Akron. 

 

I honestly can't see why anyone would walk down there to shop. It has no street connection.

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Bowery Development Group seeks $1.85 million to construct Lock 4 Arcade

Updated Jan 30, 4:21 PM; Posted Jan 30, 4:25 PM

 

 

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

 

jconnCleveland[/member].com

 

AKRON, Ohio - The Bowery Development Group is seeking an additional $1.85 million to help better integrate Main Street with the Ohio & Erie Canal at Lock 4 in the Bowery Project. The canal flows behind the six historic buildings featured in the project.

 

The $38 million Bowery Project is redeveloping the historic, 12-story Landmark Building and five smaller retail buildings from 164 S. Main St. to 184 S. Main St. in the same block as the Akron Civic Theatre.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2018/01/bowery_development_group_seeks.html#incart_river_index

 

 

 

Awesome.  What a fantastic development this is going to be.  Lock 4 is a beautiful and underutilized gem in the middle of Akron. 

 

Question, are there any renderings or ideas on how to address the huge blank (west?) wall of the theater?

 

There's a mural on it.

 

Bowery Development Group seeks $1.85 million to construct Lock 4 Arcade

Updated Jan 30, 4:21 PM; Posted Jan 30, 4:25 PM

 

 

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

 

jconnCleveland[/member].com

 

AKRON, Ohio - The Bowery Development Group is seeking an additional $1.85 million to help better integrate Main Street with the Ohio & Erie Canal at Lock 4 in the Bowery Project. The canal flows behind the six historic buildings featured in the project.

 

The $38 million Bowery Project is redeveloping the historic, 12-story Landmark Building and five smaller retail buildings from 164 S. Main St. to 184 S. Main St. in the same block as the Akron Civic Theatre.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2018/01/bowery_development_group_seeks.html#incart_river_index

 

 

 

Awesome.  What a fantastic development this is going to be.  Lock 4 is a beautiful and underutilized gem in the middle of Akron. 

 

I honestly can't see why anyone would walk down there to shop. It has no street connection.

 

The article states they are building an arcade to connect Lock 4 with the street.  That will make it easy to access.

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Bowery Development Group seeks $1.85 million to construct Lock 4 Arcade

Updated Jan 30, 4:21 PM; Posted Jan 30, 4:25 PM

 

 

By Jennifer Conn, Akron reporter, cleveland.com

 

jconnCleveland[/member].com

 

AKRON, Ohio - The Bowery Development Group is seeking an additional $1.85 million to help better integrate Main Street with the Ohio & Erie Canal at Lock 4 in the Bowery Project. The canal flows behind the six historic buildings featured in the project.

 

The $38 million Bowery Project is redeveloping the historic, 12-story Landmark Building and five smaller retail buildings from 164 S. Main St. to 184 S. Main St. in the same block as the Akron Civic Theatre.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2018/01/bowery_development_group_seeks.html#incart_river_index

 

 

 

Awesome.  What a fantastic development this is going to be.  Lock 4 is a beautiful and underutilized gem in the middle of Akron. 

 

I honestly can't see why anyone would walk down there to shop. It has no street connection.

 

The article states they are building an arcade to connect Lock 4 with the street.  That will make it easy to access.

 

Unless they are incorporating an elevator, I don't see how that's possible. Probably 15-20 feet elevation difference. There are stairs from Bowery down to Lock 4.

 

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This makes more sense now.

 

Developers have upped the estimated cost from $35 million to $40 million after adding a walkway connecting off-site parking and an arcade taking shoppers from Main Street through a tunnel in the buildings that spills out onto Lock 4. There, the canal view would complement outdoor dining and entertainment.

 

 

Bowery project gets more public support as costs increase

Published: February 6, 2018 - 6:51 PM | Updated: February 6, 2018 - 10:54 PM

By Doug Livingston

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

 

The city of Akron is lending the full faith of its public revenue for a $1.85 million loan to help private developers save six empty downtown buildings and bring housing, restaurants and shopping to the area.

 

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/bowery-project-gets-more-public-support-as-costs-increase

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