Akron downtown

photo of Akron Main Street project
CITY OF AKRON

Akron city leaders held an official groundbreaking today for the four-year, $42.5 million project to transform Main Street.

The project is focused on improving the main corridor through downtown, which the city hopes will help toward its goal of attracting 50,000 new residents by 2050.

photo of farmer's market
LAURA FONG / WKSU

The lease for Akron’s proposed year-round farmers’ market has been signed.

Countryside Conservancy, which holds seasonal markets near Highland Square, is looking to open the new market beneath the Northside Market. Tracy Emrick, the conservancy’s executive director, says the idea is to give Akron its own smaller version of Cleveland’s West Side Market.

She hopes the project will add to Downtown Akron’s revitalization.

photo of Akron Main Street project
CITY OF AKRON

Akron now has $13 million to put toward its re-making of Main Street, thanks to a second federal grant. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia takes a looks at the planned transformation.