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On 6/1/2019 at 8:17 PM, KJP said:

It's only a block north of the existing development in Northside so I'd definitely still consider this as Northside. 

 

This is technically creeping up Howard Street into the heart of what was formerly Akron's historic black jazz district (i.e. Howard Street jazz district). While adjacent this technically seems distinct from the Northside. 

 

There was a short documentary made about the area called "Legends of Howard Street." You can watch the trailer here: https://legendsofhoward.wordpress.com/about/ 

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On 6/1/2019 at 2:51 PM, bigal123 said:

New Proposed NOHO Commons ( Next to Cascade Lofts ) 

 

Does anyone have any additional information on this new proposed project? I just noticed it while I was driving by the area, it looks like it could add a lot to the area.

 

Thanks! This has been up for a couple weeks at least but I have not had a chance to grab a photo.

 

On 6/1/2019 at 7:45 PM, jeremyck01 said:

^ This is the first I've heard of it, but I love the idea.  I wonder if this would be considered Northside.  It's close, but on North St and Howard and not in the cluster of buildings (Northside Lofts, Luigi's, the new hotel, etc) that I usually consider Northside.  Whatever it would be called, I'll take it.

 

On 6/1/2019 at 8:17 PM, KJP said:

It's only a block north of the existing development in Northside so I'd definitely still consider this as Northside. 

 

Northside is not a technically an area defined by the city. It is considered part of Cascade Valley.

This proposed development is across the street from the newer Cascade Lofts. The developer of that is calling the area NoHo for the street it sits on, North Howard. And, as you can see, they are calling this project the NoHo Commons.

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Updated photos of the Bowery Development in Downtown Akron - its more than 50% complete, and must be live-in ready by end of November to retain eligibility for Historic Preservation Tax Credits. Progress is coming along nicely.

 

https://www.ohio.com/news/20190803/akrons-downtown-bowery-restoration-taking-shape-with-new-apartments-retail-space

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Smithers Group looks to redevelop Austen BioInnovation Institute campus, move headquarters

 

August 29, 2019 04:42 PM updated 4 hours ago

Sue Walton

If all goes according to plan, Smithers Group soon will move its headquarters and about 200 employees from its West Market Street site to a redeveloped Austen BioInnovation Institute (ABIA) campus in downtown Akron.

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro made the announcement on Thursday, Aug. 29, during her State of the County speech at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.

The upper three floors will be renovated for Smithers, Johnson and Shapiro said. The project also includes the demolition of several surrounding buildings to make way for a new R&D facility, which will wrap around the existing ABIA building, and parking, Shapiro said.

 

https://www.crainscleveland.com/real-estate/smithers-group-looks-redevelop-austen-bioinnovation-institute-campus-move-headquarters

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Well this stinks, cross posted from the general Akron thread:
 

Earlier this year, the brewery announced that it was interested in opening a pub and small brewery in downtown Akron as part of the $42 million Bowery redevelopment project. But Sutula said that possibility has fallen through.

 

https://www.ohio.com/news/20190829/royal-docks-and-crave-teaming-up-for-new-brewery-restaurant-in-akron

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Not sure if this should go in demolition news but several old industrial buildings downtown are getting demoed over next several months. There are 2 separate projects. One is the Akron Children's Hospital clearing out some riff raff buildings off of Exchange st for more parking and perhaps they will add something in the future.  I think it is 3 rough looking warehouses mainly. 

https://www.ohio.com/news/20190906/demolition-to-begin-for-buildings-near-akron-childrens-hospital

   The other project is Smithers is moving  their HQ from West hill to downtown at the Austen BioInnovation on Main near the interbelt. .  They want to knock down several buildings for more parking and maybe also develop the new land as well. I am assuming they want to take down the old trolley barn and whatever buildings are in its periphery.  Hopefully they are NOT knocking down the other office buildings. 

 https://www.crainscleveland.com/real-estate/smithers-group-looks-redevelop-austen-bioinnovation-institute-campus-move-headquarters

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2 hours ago, audidave said:

The other project is Smithers is moving  their HQ from West hill to downtown at the Austen BioInnovation on Main near the interbelt. .  They want to knock down several buildings for more parking and maybe also develop the new land as well. I am assuming they want to take down the old trolley barn and whatever buildings are in its periphery.  Hopefully they are knocking down the other office buildings. 

 https://www.crainscleveland.com/real-estate/smithers-group-looks-redevelop-austen-bioinnovation-institute-campus-move-headquarters

Can you list the address or wherabouts of the trolley barn and other buildings to be demoed? 

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^There was a beer festival there a couple years ago., the akron ale fest. It says its address is 47 n main st.  You should be able to check out pics online. Its like a high ceilinged aircraft hangar.  The article says they want to build research facilities around the main building so there really is very little purpose for this complex.  No buildings specified. But this and whatever is attached to the pavilion would be the likely candidates. 

 

I see why you were questioning what was going on. I forgot the ‘not’. I would hope no office buildings will be torn down on main. 

 

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That area has insane amounts of infrastructure updates. Across the street was where the Portage Hotel was taken down. I remember as a kid going by that area in the car and seeing the excavation going on well below the surface. That became the start of the innerbelt.   That is less than 20-30yds from the underground little cuyahoga before it comes unhidden 80ft down.  

  North side of downtown is becoming hot with all the refurbishments of all the buildings. Testa is adding new buildings and Troppe and others are repurposing many factories, century old buildings, and office towers. 

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On 9/13/2019 at 11:46 PM, audidave said:

^There was a beer festival there a couple years ago., the akron ale fest. It says its address is 47 n main st.  You should be able to check out pics online. Its like a high ceilinged aircraft hangar.  The article says they want to build research facilities around the main building so there really is very little purpose for this complex.  No buildings specified. But this and whatever is attached to the pavilion would be the likely candidates. 

 

I see why you were questioning what was going on. I forgot the ‘not’. I would hope no office buildings will be torn down on main. 

 

 

They are going to take down the two County owned buildings next to it that have been vacant since Job & Family Services relocated. (Most likely) Next to those is a parking deck that is privately owned and serves buildings on E. Market St.

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This is pretty cool. A marketing company moving down the street to newly renovated bowery area of Akron. 

 

@PrittEntGroup: It’s an exciting day for PEG! We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be renovating and moving into the historic Carlton Building in downtown Akron.

Check out all the details here -> https://prittentertainmentgroup.com/2019/10/pritt-entertainment-group-moving-to-historic-carlton-building-in-downtown-akron/ https://twitter.com/PrittEntGroup/status/1189197381432201216/video/1

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As Beacon Journal moves, we pause to remember

By Mark Price
Beacon Journal/Beaconjournal.com

Posted Oct 31, 2019 at 6:50 PM Updated Nov 1, 2019 at 10:46 PM

The front step has a dip in the middle.

Like a mighty river polishing a granite rock, nearly 90 years of footsteps have eroded the stone entrance. Wingtips, high heels, oxfords, loafers, boots, wedges, sneakers, galoshes, clogs, sandals and even some flip-flops have entered the building at 44 E. Exchange St.

Now the footsteps are exiting.

 

https://www.beaconjournal.com/news/20191031/as-beacon-journal-moves-we-pause-to-remember?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Newsletter: Rubber City Daily&utm_campaign=Rubber City Daily - Akron newsletter

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Hundreds of talented journalists have roamed these halls. A partial list of local legends would include Ben Maidenburg, Paul Poorman, Fran Murphey, Al Fitzpatrick, Julius Greenfield, Betty Jaycox, d*ck Shippy, Polly Paffilas, Chuck Ayers, Dale Allen, Stuart Warner, Ott Gangl, Terry Pluto, Sheldon Ocker, Jewell Cardwell, Regina Brett, Jane Snow, David Giffels, Marla Ridenour, Betty Lin-Fisher and, of course, Bob Dyer.

 

No love for Chuck Klosterman, Brian Windhorst & Chris Broussard? 

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Akron’s first medical marijuana dispensary to open Friday

Updated Nov 04, 4:06 PM;Posted Nov 04, 2:01 PM

By Robin Goist, cleveland.com

AKRON, Ohio – After receiving final approval from the state, Greenleaf Apothecaries announced Sunday that its fifth medical marijuana dispensary in Ohio is set to open in Akron on Friday.

The Botanist, located at 46 South Summit Street in downtown Akron, is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Friday. The shop’s hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

 

https://www.cleveland.com/business/2019/11/akrons-first-medical-marijuana-dispensary-to-open-friday.html

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November 08, 2019 05:17 AM

Pritt Entertainment Group to move to Carlton Building in downtown Akron

Sue Walton

Pritt Entertainment Group (PEG) is moving up South Main Street in downtown Akron to the Carlton Building, which the video production company is renovating.

PEG recently announced the project in a news release on its website.

 

https://www.crainscleveland.com/technology/pritt-entertainment-group-move-carlton-building-downtown-akron?utm_source=akron-morning-roundup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20191108&utm_content=article1-headline

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A look inside The Botanist in Akron, Summit County’s first medical marijuana dispensary

By Robin Goist, cleveland.com

AKRON, Ohio – More than nine months after the first medical marijuana dispensaries opened in Ohio, The Botanist in Akron is set to welcome patients as Summit County's first dispensary.

The Botanist, at 46 South Summit Street near East Market Street in downtown, is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Friday. The shop’s hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

 

https://www.cleveland.com/news/g66l-2019/11/34228af96a2447/a-look-inside-the-botanist-in-akron-summit-countys-first-medical-marijuana-dispensary.html

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3 minutes ago, bigal123 said:

Bowery Project Apartments are officially up on Aparments.com

 

What do you guys think of the interior photos/pricing of the units? 

Also, as anyone heard anything about the retail tenants ( besides the failed attempt to get a major grocery store )? 

 

https://www.apartments.com/the-bowery-district-akron-oh/ry0m991/

Those look great! I think the pricing is pretty reasonable considering all the amenities they'll soon have around them.

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19 hours ago, bigal123 said:

Bowery Project Apartments are officially up on Aparments.com

 

What do you guys think of the interior photos/pricing of the units? 

Also, as anyone heard anything about the retail tenants ( besides the failed attempt to get a major grocery store )? 

 

https://www.apartments.com/the-bowery-district-akron-oh/ry0m991/

 

The only thing I've heard was Royal Docks brewing was considering it but they are going to another location now. I had not heard anything about a grocer. Where did you hear that?

 

 

 

Main Street construction drags on through June

By Doug Livingston
Beacon Journal/Beaconjournal.com

Posted Nov 21, 2019 at 6:21 PM

Akron won’t be unwrapping a new Main Street for Christmas, as some had hoped.

Instead, city officials expect a downtown Main Street Corridor to be ready for two-way vehicle traffic by June.

 

https://www.beaconjournal.com/news/20191121/main-street-construction-drags-on-through-june?utm_source=akron-morning-roundup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20191122&utm_content=article3-headline

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19 hours ago, bigal123 said:

Bowery Project Apartments are officially up on Aparments.com

 

What do you guys think of the interior photos/pricing of the units? 

Also, as anyone heard anything about the retail tenants ( besides the failed attempt to get a major grocery store )? 

 

https://www.apartments.com/the-bowery-district-akron-oh/ry0m991/

 

19 hours ago, ASPhotoman said:

Those look great! I think the pricing is pretty reasonable considering all the amenities they'll soon have around them.

 

Still stunning to me, though.  When I moved out of Canal Square (just a block down Bowery from this project) in 2013, my rent for my final year was $906.  I had a 2br 1.5ba unit with 1000sf.  A 2br-2ba 922sf unit is quoted there at $1940, rising to $2672 for what I presume are the slightly larger (still only 946sf) and better (higher) ones.

 

Granted, I had serious maintenance issues my final year at Canal Square (one main reason I moved, the other being getting married), so I'm sure these will be better units.  But still, that's extraordinary rent growth in a comparatively small amount of time.

 

That said, it was known even then that there was a shortage of middle-class (non-student) rental units downtown.  And this project is definitely at one of the most prominent and centrally-located corners in the entirety of downtown, almost perfectly located between the ballpark and the main library & art museum and everything in between.

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I don't think this issue is unique to Akron. The same is true in Cleveland and almost every other major city in America; as these new developments come on line, there's a desperate need for a more affordable component for the middle-class.  Not everyone can afford $2000-$3000/month in rent.

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Akron’s Bowery project meets major deadlines, nears finish line

By Jim Mackinnon
Beacon Journal/Beaconjournal.com

Posted Nov 28, 2019 at 7:31 PM

The Bowery redevelopment project intended to revitalize a prominent part of downtown Akron made it to the Thanksgiving finish line — with some pieces not quite over that line just yet.

Most of the six downtown buildings have met their major construction deadlines, although finishing work on the long-vacant and blighted smaller structures will continue into upcoming weeks, said Don Taylor, head of Welty Building Co., general contractor and partner in the Bowery Development Group.

 

https://www.beaconjournal.com/news/20191128/akronrsquos-bowery-project-meets-major-deadlines-nears-finish-line?utm_source=akron-morning-roundup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20191202&utm_content=article5-headline

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December 19, 2019 02:24 PM updated 2 hours ago

FirstEnergy Solutions to move headquarters to old post office in downtown Akron

Dan Shingler

 

FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) will have not only a new name, but a new headquarters in Akron next year, assuming it exits its Chapter 11 bankruptcy as planned around the end of this year.

The FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary announced on Thursday, Dec. 19, that it has leased space for a new headquarters in the former Akron Post Office Building at 168 E. Market St. early next year, when it also plans to operate as an independent company under the new name Energy Harbor.

https://www.crainscleveland.com/akron-news/firstenergy-solutions-move-headquarters-old-post-office-downtown-akron

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January 08, 2020 10:08 AM updated 22 hours ago

Akron's new BLU-tique Hotel opens its doors to overnight guests

Sue Walton

 

For developer Tony Troppe and his new BLU-tique Hotel, the number one means a lot.

"We may not be the first (downtown hotel), but we are the one," Troppe said Tuesday, Jan. 7, as he gave a tour of the new spot that sits at 1 S. Main St., right in the heart of the city center.

 

https://www.crainscleveland.com/real-estate/akrons-new-blu-tique-hotel-opens-its-doors-overnight-guests

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^Amazing to see.  This has been blighted for so long, I'd had my moments of doubt that this would happen.  On another note, it seems that the main street revamp has been taking a lot longer than planned.  

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Looking very good. It’s really too bad that the city tore down the first/last building that was once part of the block redevelopment. 

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9 hours ago, jeremyck01 said:

^Amazing to see.  This has been blighted for so long, I'd had my moments of doubt that this would happen.  On another note, it seems that the main street revamp has been taking a lot longer than planned.  

 

It's actually one month ahead of schedule.

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On 1/10/2020 at 6:49 AM, yanni_gogolak said:

 

It's actually one month ahead of schedule.


Is it? That’s good to know. It seemed to be taking a very long time, but it is quite a large project, I suppose. 

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I was actually down in Akron this past Thursday and was impressed with the development that's going on.  Got a ways to go, but it's coming along nicely!!

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Akron’s Main Street project in home stretch

By Doug Livingston
Beacon Journal

Posted Feb 9, 2020 at 7:58 PM

City construction crews shifted lanes last week on Main Street as the complete road and sidewalk reconstruction project is now six months from scheduled completion.

Akron broke ground on the $31 million road project, mostly funded with federal grants, in the fall of 2018. Businesses have struggled as southbound traffic has been cut off during what’s turned the heart of downtown into one big construction site between Cedar and Mill streets.

 

https://www.beaconjournal.com/news/20200209/akrons-main-street-project-in-home-stretch?utm_source=akron-morning-roundup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200210&utm_content=article3-readmore

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