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Demand for Space in Davey Building Tied to Parking

Developer waiting on opening of transit center to finalize lease options

Expansive new commercial space on the second floor of the Davey Tree Building in downtown Kent is awaiting the opening of PARTA's new Kent Central Gateway transit center to land its first tenant.

The space, built by Cleveland developer Fairmount Properties as part of the downtown redevelopment, is sandwiched between the third-floor offices of the Davey Resource Group and first-floor retail operations for Panini's, Insomnia Cookies and Yogurt Vi.

Adam Branscomb, project manager for Fairmount Properties, said the space remains vacant until parking for a potential tenant's clients and employees becomes available downtown.

Branscomb said they plan to rely on the transit center and it's more than 300 public parking spaces to provide parking for the space.

The 365 public parking spaces in the transit center are scheduled to open this month.

"That should be tremendously helpful," Branscomb said.

He said it's been difficult to get potential tenants under contract when there are no dedicated spaces for employees.

Being commercial space, the tenants would need long-term parking, which is not available on the street. The parking lot behind the Davey and AMETEK buildings is dedicated to employees for both those businesses during the day.

Branscomb said Fairmount has had conversations with two potential tenants for the space, and he's hopeful the opening of the transit center will help fill the space.

If you're interested in leasing the space, contact Fairmount Properties at 216-514-8700.

Don March 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM
I must admit that the downtown development was a trenduous improvement in a community with little movement. Mr. Burbick, Fairmont, KSU, PARTA and Portage County have given us a great jump start. Mr. Burbick had a vision and made it happen with more to come, I am sure. I question the parking deck size. A simple head count at the beginning of this project was obviously overlooked. With the leasing of tennet space for Davey Trees building second floor, the remodeled hotel and Building C apartments, it will be interesting to see what is left for the real purpose of the transit center users and retail public. Time will tell, but I do not need a calculator to see this is a concern. I must admit I have no idea how much new parking is provided for the convention center and the new Kent Courthouse. Traffic flow will raise it's ugly head when all the projects are complete. As a lifetime resident of Kent, I do want to congradulate the City of Kent and Kent State University finally working together as partners for the betterment of Kent.
Teresa K. March 11, 2013 at 02:29 PM
"He said it's been difficult to get potential tenants under contract when there are no dedicated spaces for employees." Build it, they will come.... they cant park ... but they can come and look.
Bernie Wagenblast March 11, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Glad to see one of your photos was picked up by the blog for the US Secretary of Transportation. http://fastlane.dot.gov/2013/03/transit-center-in-kent-a-literal-central-gateway.html#.UT3zx-toT2w
Shannon March 11, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Amen, Teresa.
Chris (Kit) Myers March 11, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Dedicated spaces? That's a bunch of crap! It is a PUBLIC parking building paid for by the PUBLIC and when there is a spot with no car in it, the first car that comes along should get it. These big boys come along and build something and when there is a problem they cry hardship. I don't care how much he has put into Kent building. It is a risk any investor takes. If necessary his tenants and their customers will just have to get there real early in the morning to get a spot. If it turns out that Kent State students get there early and take up all the spots, then so be it. Kent State students are people, too. They have the same right to a spot as a downtown business owner or a customer in a PUBLIC parking building. IT IS NOT A PRIVATE PARKING BUILDING!!! If Fairmount wants one, let them build it. No, I do not want to move to Hartville.
Rick March 11, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Well first of all no building should be built unless they can provide for all the parking of poeople they can fit into the building plain and simple.Why didn't Fairmont properties ans the city of Kent adrees this issue before any ground breaking?The city was just looking at tax revenue and nothing more.Fairmont should be responsibe for building a parking deck to support those who rent from them.
Sa;;y March 11, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... the best laid plans. Who' da thunk they would need parking spaces for tenants and their clients and employees.
Benjamin J. Plough March 12, 2013 at 03:03 PM
The article fails to mention that people using and working at the new hotel are going to need to park. How many rooms are at that hotel again?
Matthias P. March 12, 2013 at 03:20 PM
They were fully aware of the parking situation http://www.kentcentralgateway.com/documents.html Read their report before Fairmont started their project.
Steve March 12, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Chris, I agree with you that there shouldn't be dedicated spots in the parking garage. But I don't interpret this article to mean that Fairmount is waiting for dedicated spots in the parking garage. I interpret it to mean that they are waiting for the parking garage to open so that their new, prospective tenants have a place to park, since they don't have anymore dedicated spots available behind their Water St. buildings. I could be wrong, and I'm sure Shannon will tell me I'm wrong, but I believe the dedicated spots they reference in the article are the ones that have already been dedicated to Ametek and Davey, behind those buidings.

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