Thursday, August 9, 2012
City brings down first house Wednesday, second demolition expected today
Demolition is under way on the houses that must be removed to make way for Kent State University's Esplanade extension into downtown Kent. The city, which is handling construction management of the project, demolished the first of eight houses Wednesday that will be immediately razed for the pedestrian pathway. Scroll down for recent stories on the Esplanade project:
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Pharmacy was demolished in order to build larger store on South Water Street
In a matter of months Kent's CVS transformed from bricks and mortar to rubble and back again. Earlier this year demolition crews razed the former building, which was nearly 11,000 square feet in size, in order to build a new store with 13,600 square feet and a drive-thru window. During the $4 million expansion project the pharmacy counter remains open in a temporary trailer on the site.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Proposal puts house in hands of non-profit Transportage; could serve as either visitor's center or neighborhood preservation center
A plan is forming to save the historic Kent-Wells Sherman House from the wrecking ball and transform it into a beacon for restoring Kent's nieghborhoods. A group of Kent residents working to save the house, known as the Friends of the Kent-Wells Sherman House, will submit plans to city officials today on a proposal to relocate the house from 250 E. Erie St. to a small plot of land on North Water Street. Kent architect Rick Hawksley, a leading member of the friends group, said their plan is for the non-profit organization TransPortage to take ownership of the house from Kent State University. "We would like to turn it into a neighborhood preservation center that will work on historic preservation, oriented toward sustainability based on the…
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Massive brick column demolished today as part of Gougler Machine demolition
The smoke stack that towered over the C.L. Gougler and Machine Co. on Lake Street for almost 100 years turned to dust today. Gougler retiree Harold Snowberger, 90, of Kent, pushed the button to blow the dynamite at the base of the stack at about 1 p.m. Snowberger spent 44 years working at the factory. Furukawa Rock Drill USA, the owner of the former Gougler factory, invited almost 200 former employees of the plant to watch the demolition this afternoon. Almost 300 people gathered to watch the demolition, which briefly closed Lake Street though the actual demolition took only seconds. Did you take photos or video of the demolition today? Click on the "Upload Photos" button to share them here on Kent Patch. Look for complete coverage of the …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Crews keep chewing away at old factory, expose base of smoke stack
In a little less than a month a landmark that has loomed large over Kent's landscape for almost a century will disappear forever. Demolition crews working at the former C.L. Gougler and Machine Co. on Lake Street have a target date of April 25 for demolishing the old factory's massive smoke stack. The former factory, which dates to around 1920, has been under demolition since December. Recent coverage:
Friday, March 16, 2012
Two houses on Summit Street surrendered to a wrecking crew this week
Two houses were demolished this week to make way for expansion of the CVS pharmacy on South Water Street. The houses are 120 W. Summit St and 126 W. Summit St. had to come down so the store itself could be demolished and replaced with a much larger store that will include a drive-thru pharmacy window. The structures are just two of 61 buildings that have been razed since 2009 or have a date with the wrecking ball this year. CVS plans to operate a temporary trailer at the construction site so customers will still have access to the pharmacy for prescriptions while the new store is built.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Kent's landscape is changing fast as crews demolish old buildings to make way for new structures
If you don't think Kent's landscape is changing, just take a look around. History is being made — and sometimes erased — from downtown to the residential neighborhoods and even on the Kent State University campus. Since 2009, 61 buildings have been demolished or are set to be demolished, according to Kent Community Development Department records. Here's how the numbers break down over the past few years: Those numbers exclude partial demolitions, garage demolitions and buildings razed on the Kent State campus. And they vary from houses to businesses. Some of the demolitions are related to a number of projects that include the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge, the downtown redevelopment work and the Esplanade extension. Others are simply old or …
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Demolition progressing on massive, vacant Lake Street complex
A big piece of Kent's historic manufacturing landscape is getting closer to being just that — history. Steady rain couldn't slow demolition workers on Thursday as they tore down the almost 100-year-old C.L. Gougler Machine Co. manufacturing complex on Lake Street. Watch a video of the demolition here that was shot earlier this year.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
All information is according to the Kent Community Development Department
The following building permits were issued in Kent recently:
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Demolition continues at massive complex on Lake Street
It won't be long before little remains of the former Gougler plant on Lake Street. Demolition crews tear down a little more of the massive, former factory each day. Crews finished demolition on the former C.L. Gougler and Machine Co. headquarters building earlier this month. Interior finishes from the former headquarters building were donated to the restoration of the old Kent hotel.