WATCH: Construction Starts on New Davey Tree Building Downtown

'Building A' is first of 3 in $30 million-plus downtown redevelopment project

It's too late to turn back now on , as workers started pouring the concrete foundation for the first of three new buildings Tuesday.

Construction started Tuesday on "," which will house anchor tenant the Davey Resource Group, a division of Kent-based The Davey Tree Expert Co. The building is the first of three in the city's project, which is being managed by Cleveland developer Fairmount Properties.

Between 60 and 70 employees of Davey will occupy about 13,000 square feet in the building. The rest of the space will be filled with retail and restaurant shops.

Many new tenants will occupy the three buildings that will be built in the project, including:

  • Aladdin's, a Lebanese-American restaurant with one location in Hudson
  • Bricco, a pub-style eatery with locations in Cleveland and Akron
  • Dave's Cosmic Subs
  • Panini's bar and grill
  • Palmieri Salon, a branch of Dino Palmieri Salon & Spa
  • Shop 42, a clothing boutique
  • Asian Chao restaurant
  • Nature's Table, a wrap and smoothie shop
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels, a bagel and sandwich shop
  • The Market Path, a locally traded home decor and retail store
  • Rockin' Taco, a Mexican restaurant
  • Yogurt Vi, a custom frozen yogurt shop
angel judd April 04, 2012 at 11:14 PM
why don't they just put every chain they can find in here. when you have multiple upon multiple locations, locally owned or not it's no longer small business. that's probably the only good thing to be said for burbick, at least he's promoting interesting, one of a kind shops. disappointing list of new businesses overall.
Le'ah Keturah-Sarah Krzywkowski April 05, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Downtown Kent : Portage County's 'food court'. I have a really bad feeling about this... Mark my words ( or don't) in less then a decade ( or sooner than that) a lot of the businesses which are said to occupy these new buildings will long be gone. I'm scratching my head here as to how many restaurants of the same type is needed. In previous articles I had suggested in comments that Kent begin to focus on non- food related amenities for the community: some ideas were a nutritional outreach center/ farmers market ( the old tops), a birthing center ( currently, there only exists one in the whole state of Ohio) with possibly a midwifery school, and perhaps even a herbal/holistic medicine school....anything constructive and community-enriching really. I really don't want to be a buzz kill for anyone who was enthusiastic about all these eateries and franchises opening up, but realistically, not all of them can stay. And what's more.... I'm very concerned that places like Einstein's bagels( a franchise) will put a locally owned and independent businesses such as Baked in the Village out of business. I've already quietly noted several franchises that I know will put the local owned out of business before long. Who knows? I'm just nervous about it all, I guess it is what it is.


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