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Akron land survey begins today
Part of Ward 5 will be the training ground for volunteers who must catalog the disposition of 90,000 parcels this summer

Kabir Bhatia
In The Region:
Residents on Akron’s east side -- near Hoban High School will today be part of the first phase of a program inventory every vacant property in the city.

The East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation is cataloging property in Ward 5, the neighborhoods south of I-76, bisected by Arlington Street.  Twelve volunteers – dressed in bright green vests -- will list if properties are abandoned, for sale or being maintained.  It’s the first step in the revitalization plan developed with the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.

Director of Urban Planning Chris Norman says the neighborhood is ripe for redevelopment.
Akron land survey begins today

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"The revitalization plan puts classic development -- in-fill housing, economic development as far as commercial -- on-par with alternative uses for green space: rain gardens, community gardens [and] orchards."

Norman says the plan is to catalog all 90-thousand parcels in Akron over the next three months, with a report and recommendations due in August.  At that point, Akron plans to prioritize structures for demolition, funded by the $60 million available to Summit County through federal Hardest Hit funds.
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