James Hardy

Downtown Akron
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

The city of Akron has had a goal to increase its population and now has a plan to make that happen. The five year plan focuses on equitable growth that benefits all residents.

Deputy Mayor James Hardy says part of the plan involving downtown redevelopment is already well underway.  

SVETLA MORRISON

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.

Akron City Council is expected to approve a contract tonight for treatment of people with drug addictions.  The new package addresses concerns raised in an audit last year.

The contract with Oriana House covers people sentenced to substance abuse treatment through Akron Municipal Court. The new agreement is for $5 million for the next 20 months. That’s about half a million dollars less than the city had been paying.

Photo of a bike at the program's announcement
BILL RINEHART / WVXU

Akron is getting $127,000 to plan for a grid of bicycle lanes throughout the city.

A photo of Akron's Main Street.
KEVIN T. QUINN / THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION

The federal transportation department has awarded the city of Akron $5 million to help transform Main Street into more than just a thoroughfare. 

Akron Chief of Staff James Hardy says the federal grant will pay for phase one of the transformation project scheduled to start in the fall of next year.

That will include making the street more walkable and bikeable, creating more green-space, and making it more attractive to people who might consider living downtown.