The City of Akron and the Downtown Akron Partnership have unveiled their Downtown Akron Vision and Redevelopment Plan. It's a comprehensive plan to overhaul Downtown Akron, with the addition of street-level retail, business, residences, and infrastructure designed to connect the current hotspots of Downtown while maintaining the historic character of the neighborhood.
Akron Planning Director Jason Segedy and Downtown Akron Partnership President and CEO Suzie Graham joined Jasen for an in-depth look at the plan and to talk about how long it may take for the ideas to come to fruition.
After more than five years without, Downtown Akron will now host food trucks every Wednesday throughout the summer, between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Cascade Plaza.
Years ago, then-Mayor Don Plusquellic put heavy regulations on the mobile eateries, essentially barring them from operating within Akron's downtown. Many say that this drove local food truck operators to neighboring communities, like Cleveland, that had much more relaxed regulations.
There was also the concern that food trucks would take away lunchtime business from the brick-and-mortar stores in the downtown area. Akron City Councilman Jeff Fusco tells us that with the lifting of these regulations on food trucks, they will continually be working on ways to make it better for both the trucks and brick and mortar restaurants operating in the same area.
Akron, Ohio, May 18, 2017– The City of Akron will be hosting a food truck huddle on Cascade Plaza downtown from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM every Wednesday through September 27th. Each Cascade Cucina event, sponsored by PNC Bank, will feature at least six food trucks along with fun activities and entertainment, including yard games, and music courtesy of 91.3 The Summit.
“I encourage Downtown workers to step out of the office for that much-needed afternoon break to check out the delicious and diverse offerings of Cascade Cucina on the Plaza,” Mayor Horrigan said. “We are proud to feature a fantastic array of food trucks from Akron and Summit County for lunch every Wednesday this summer.”
The Cascade Cucina on the Plaza series builds on recommendations from Phase I of the City’s Downtown Redevelopment Plan. “For the Downtown neighborhood to thrive, we must continue to activate our public spaces, particularly on Main Street, and provide a vibrant mix of street-level activities that serve the whole community,” Mayor Horrigan said. “I am confident the Cascade Cucina food truck huddles will be a welcome new addition to the Downtown scene this summer, and encourage the public to explore Downtown and rediscover all the great shops and restaurants it has to offer.”
“At PNC, our goal is to enrich the lives of those around us, and Cascade Cucina on the Plaza was the perfect opportunity,” said Kevin Thompson, regional president for PNC Bank in Akron. “Having food trucks downtown each week enhances the experience for downtown workers and residents while also helping build the city’s core.”
The following food trucks will be participating in Cascade Cucina on the Plaza, on rotation:
The Square Scullery
The Orange Trük
The Beachcomber Truck
The Stone Pelican
The Slop Truck
A Twist of Leona P
Wholly Frijoles Mexican Cafe
Arnone Street Foods
For more information and a weekly list of food trucks, please visit www.Lock3Live.com.
A fire in an electrical vault underneat the Everett Building located at 39 E. Market Street in downtown Akron lead to about 220 FirstEnergy customers sitting without power for about an hour Monday morning.
According to Akron Fire Department, the fire started just before 7:30 Monday morning. As Akron Fire crews responded, FirstEnergy was called to the building to shut off power. Due to heavy smoke, Mark Durbin with FirstEnergy says crews could not access the vault to shut off power. They were forced to de-energize the nearest substation, which in turn shut off power to roughly 220 downtown FirstEnergy customers, Durbin says.
As of 10:30 a.m., power to those most all of those customers had been restored. Durbin said power at the Everett Building and two nearby buildings was still affected at that time.
Akron Fire was still on the scene as of 11:30 a.m., Monday, and power to the Everett Building had not yet been restored.
Meanwhile, Akron Municipal Court offices closed their operations for the remainder of the day, Monday, as of 10 a.m. In a press release, Akron Municipal Court advised anyone with scheduled court business call the office on Tuesday for rescheduling instructions.
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