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Tax breaks to aid development in Northeast Ohio
Northeast Ohio to get more than $11 million in tax breaks

The Akron Civic Theatre hopes to attract more people after the development of downtown
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The state announced this week that it will grant nearly $15 million in tax breaks for renovation and development of historical buildings in 2012.

About 80 percent of that will go to projects in Northeast Ohio.

The Civic Theatre block in downtown Akron was awarded about two and a half million dollars in tax credits for its $11 million redevelopment project.

Howard Parr, executive director of the Akron Civic Theatre, said the development of downtown Akron is mutually beneficial for the theatre and the city.

Howard Parr discusses the benefits of the tax breaks

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Parr said the development should make downtown Akron more aesthetically pleasing, which should attract more people from outside Summit County to visit the area.

The tax credits will aid the redevelopment of six buildings around the theatre on South Main Street. 

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