Friday, August 31, 2012
AMETEK, Fairmount Properties sponsored more than $25,000 pyrotechnic display
A huge fireworks display at Dix Stadium celebrated both downtown Kent's revitalization and the Kent State University 41-21 football home opener victory against Towson University Thursday. The fireworks show, put on by American Fireworks of Hudson, OH, featured 7,500 rockets and is reportedly the largest-ever fireworks show in Portage County. Share your photos from last night's show here or in our Pics & Clips photo gallery.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
About 90 employees to move from Lake Street to new building on Erie Street downtown
Matt French wants to go big. It's not enough that the vice president and general manager for AMETEK's Kent division is moving about 90 employees from Lake Street to downtown, thus serving as one of the original catalysts for downtown Kent's redevelopment. It's not enough he'll hand the keys for the Lake Street complex over to the city — for a steal — for future redevelopment, thus contributing further to the expansion of the city's income tax base. French wants to go bigger. Thursday his firm will turn the past few years of economic development fireworks into the real thing with a huge pyrotechnic show following the home football opener at Kent State University. "If you want to say business times are really tough right now, you can find …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
UniversiTEES, Gracylane, Panini's, Insomnia Cookies and Diversa get OK to finish spaces in downtown redevelopment projects
A whole host of new businesses just got the OK to move into new spaces among downtown Kent's redevelopment projects. The city issued building permits for finishing work recently for four new businesses and one Kent firm that's relocating into the redevelopment section of downtown. The businesses and building permits are: Except for Diversa, a Kent-based advertising firm, all the projects are going into the city and Fairmount Properties' new buildings on Erie and South Water streets. Insomnia Cookies offers online ordering and delivery of — you guessed it — cookies. The business has more than a dozen locations in college towns across the U.S., including near Ohio State University, Ohio University, Penn State, Yale and Purdue. Diversa is a …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tenants still have leeway for design of sign advertising their business
The Kent Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a comprehensive sign plan for two of the buildings in the city's downtown redevelopment project. Fairmount Properties presented a sign plan for buildings "A" and "B," which have addresses at 295 and 215 S. Water St. and 100 E. Erie St. Norman Elbin, director of tenant coordination for Fairmount Properties, said the sign plan addresses how and where both the retail and commercial tenants advertise themselves on the buildings. "We put together a sign plan that we believe gives tenants some design latitude to create individual identity but also to control various aspects, such as the maximum size they can use, where they actually put their signs and how they illuminate the …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Workers installed the windows for the Davey Resource Group building Wednesday
Workers added windows to the new Davey Resource Group building in downtown Kent this week. The building is one of several under construction as part of the city's redevelopment partnership with Cleveland-based Fairmount Properties. The Davey Resource Group, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Company, is scheduled to move into the building this summer with a host of eateries and retail shops.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Got photos showing changes to the city's skyline? Share them with us.
With so many large redevelopment projects simultaneously under construction in downtown Kent it's hard to get a singular view encompassing all of them. Yet from several spots on Haymaker Parkway you can see the four major projects all at once, including: the Davey Resource Group building; the AMETEK building on Erie Street; Acorn Alley II; the PARTA transit center site; and the Kent State University hotel. Smack in the middle of it all will be the city's new parking lot, which isn't yet under construction. The all-encompassing view is a stark reminder of how much, and how quickly, Kent's skyline is changing. Do you have photos showing changes to Kent's landscape, whether of scenes past or present? Share them with us here. Just click on the…
Monday, February 20, 2012
Official designation would create four new liquor licenses in maxed-out downtown.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Steel framing for newest Fairmount Properties building is being installed.
The eastbound lane of East Erie Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday between South Water and South DePeyster streets. Acccording to the Kent Engineering Department, the 12-hour road closure is necessary for the installation of steel framing for Fairmount Properties' "Building B," which will be anchored by AMETEK. Road closed signs will be posted, and motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible. For more information call the engineering division at 330-678-8106.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Anchor tenant AMETEK will occupy much of the new downtown building
Construction is progressing on the foundation for Fairmount Properties Building "B," which is part of the downtown redevelopment project. Workers poured the concrete foundation for the bew building this week. The second of three buildings, Building "B" will mostly house about 80 employees from AMETEK, who are moving from their Lake Street site to occupy about 40,000 square feet in the downtown project. The building will stand on Erie Street facing Acorn Alley II. The steel frame for Building "A," which will include corporate tenant Davey Resource Group, is alreading taking its place as part of Kent's skyline.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Fairmount Properties, which is managing a more than $30 million downtown project, is considering buying the former DuBois Book Store property
Cleveland developer Fairmount Properties may have yet another potential redevelopment project in Kent to add to their portfolio. Randy Ruttenberg, a principal in the firm, told the Daily Kent Stater his firm is interested in buying the former DuBois Book Store property on South Lincoln Street across from the Kent State University campus. Ruttenberg told the Stater the purchase is still in the planning stages and it's too early to tell what will be built on the property, but he added they are talking with Kent State officials to determine whether a private development or more institutional project related to the university is most appropriate. It wouldn't be the first project Kent State and Fairmount have partnered on. Ruttenberg's firm is …