News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Levin Furniture

Lehmans

The Holden Arboretum


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Economy and Business


A new sports and entertainment venue could be coming to downtown Akron
The University of Akron facility hinges on a possible Summit County sales tax increase
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
In The Region:

Plans are moving ahead to build a sports arena and entertainment facility in downtown Akron. Today the University of Akron trustees approved a proposal with Summit County and the city of Akron to build a basketball facility on university and city land across from Canal Park baseball park.

As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, the plan hinges on a county sale tax increase.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:07)


No University of Akron funds would be used to build the $76 million, 9,000 seat arena. The future home of the Zips men and women’s basketball teams would be funded by a quarter of  1 percent county sales tax increase that would go before voters in November.

Next month, County Executive Russ Pry will present the ballot proposal to county council, and public hearing will follow. The new tax would generate about $20 million a year. Jason Dodson is Pry’s chief of staff. He says besides funding the arena, the additional money go toward public safety needs including improvements at the county jail and emergency radio upgrades, plus other capital improvements.    

“Thirteen million dollars will go for those issues, public safety and capital needs for the county. The other $7 million will go to fund the design and construction of a new arena.”

Dodson says the county will own the facility until the tax expires in 23 years. Then ownership of the arena goes to the Development Finance Authority of Summit County. Details of the plan are still being worked out.                                                        

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Will Ohio's marijuana initiative follow casinos' lead?
We just ask to have marijuana legalized and here comes some nimrod trying to rob us of our rights and make us buy it from some legalized new type DRUG DEALER th...

Fancy dinners from humble beginnings at The Blue Door
Grandma of Chris Miller moved to Florida in a retirement community but I sure miss the Falls and the Blue Door, and the fine service and the true friendship of ...

The Black Keys guitar tech's moment in the spotlight
Nice job, Vivian. It's always nice to hear about the unsung heroes getting their due! Thank you, Chuck Johnston (Full disclosure - I'm a friend of the Carney fa...

A guide for gift-shopping for older Ohians
I'll never be to old for peanut brittle.

Akron's Tuba Christmas: A resounding blast of holiday spirit
Nice piece, Vivian! Looking forward to hearing you move from flute to tuba on Saturday. Love hearing your interviews and this seemed extra special since I kno...

Cleveland Hugo Boss workers are fighting for their jobs again
Bro. Ginard; I support your effert to keep your jobs, I understand all about concesions, I was a Union offical from 1965 until 1991 and the company th...

Asian Carp control could benefit from bill passed by House, heading to the Senate
help me fight the battle against invasive carp by method of harvest

Ohio's Portman supports lifting limits on party political money
If Portman was legitimately concerned about outside groups influence on elections he would have supported the DISCLOSE act. Instead he helped block it being bro...

Study shows trade with China has cost more than 3 million U.S. jobs
I disagree with James Dorn! If we don't change the playing field and make it a fair competition the whole US industry will be weaker and weaker. Eventually all ...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University