Akron’s East End Adds Infrastructure Streetscape Improvements
cleveland.com / by Megan Becka
AKRON, OH – A $5.5 million project to improve a half-mile streetscape along East Market Street in Akron has been completed. The streetscape, a main throughway and centerpiece of Akron’s East End, is a 1.4 million-square-foot, mixed-use redevelopment at the former Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. campus.
“We have already completed extensive redevelopment work on the site, these exterior improvements to the center of the campus will certainly be noticeable to tenants and residents,” IRG Realty Advisors President Tracy Green said in a release. “Completing this streetscape truly brings the East End’s live, work, play environment into focus. It is beneficial to residents, the east end project and the city of Akron.”
The East Market Streetscape project was accomplished through a public-private partnership between IRG and the city of Akron. In Akron, no other private entity has participated with the design planning or funding of a public works project. This funding was provided through a state grant of $ 1.8 million, awarded to the city by the Ohio Public Works Commission for the roadway improvements. IRG funded the remainder the project. Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan actively supported the project’s progress.