Bowery Project

The 12-story Landmark building at the corner of South Main and Bowery is pictured as work goes on at the 42 million dollar Bowery redevelopment project on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Akron, Ohio.
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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, September 20:

Developers working Downtown Akron’s Bowery Project expect residents will be able to move into apartments in the renovated bank building starting Oct. 1.

It’s the first phase of a mixed-use project expected to add jobs in construction, legal services and retail.

But where people will shop remains a problem. There are still not enough residents in the area to attract a major grocer, so developers are looking for another solution.

Akron's Main Street
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New options for downtown living will soon be available in Akron.

New Jersey developer Tom Rybak plans to begin transformation of the historic Law Building on Main Street into a multi-use complex.

The Law Building faces the Bowery Project, a multi-use development now under construction and planned to open this November.

interior view of Landmark Building
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After half a century of ideas and plans that never got off the ground, the renovation of a historic block in the heart of downtown Akron is getting underway

Groundbreaking for the Bowery Project came just hours after final details were worked out for financing it. The ceremony was in the long-empty Landmark Building. It was constructed in 1923 as the headquarters of Akron Savings & Loan.

photo of Whitelaw Building
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The Akron Civic Theatre is set to expand over the next year and add a second, smaller theater space.

The long-vacant Whitelaw Building sits next door to the Civic, and is going to be refurbished into a flexible theater space with about 200 seats. It’s part of an $8.5 million project that will also add outdoor parking to the Civic, and refurbish its grand lobby.

Kyle Kutuchief is the Knight Foundation’s project manager in Akron, and says the Civic is a key piece of downtown’s revitalization.

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Officials in Akron say they’re at “the two-yard line” when it comes to securing funding for the long-delayed, $40 million Bowery redevelopment project.

Landmark Building neighbors on Main Street
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Several projects in Akron are going to be sharing more than $5 million dollars in historic tax credits.

They are part of Akron’s Bowery project, a plan to redevelop the Landmark building as well as five other buildings on Main Street.

Beth Borda of the DeHoff Development Company says the awards will help the project reach its goal of improving Downtown Akron.