Kent's downtown redevelopment is rounding third and plowing through the home stretch in 2013.
The Fairmount Properties project anchored by Ametek, Inc. and Davey Resource Group is near full capacity with the final storefronts nearly ready for their tenants, and Ron Burbick's Acorn Alley II has become a shopping hub for Kent residents and beyond.
By the end of 2013, the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority's Kent Central Gateway parking deck, the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center and Acorn Corner (the old Kent Hotel) will be operating in full force, and a third Fairmount Properties project, simply titled "Building C" at this stage, will be nearing completion.
"Building C" will house the restaurant Bricco, expected to open by the end of the year, in addition to 32 apartments that will be ready for residency in the spring of 2014.
All this development hasn't gone unnoticed outside of Kent. State Rep. Kathleen Clyde recently presented the city with a commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives on Kent's boom.
Politicians are noting how multiple entities have united and leveraged federal stimulus money from the PARTA project to create a new downtown.
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and both of Ohio's U.S. senators, Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, have all taken time for personal tours of the downtown projects.
MapleBrook at Golden Pond
A new senior living center, Maplebrook at Golden Pond, is currently under construction in Kent near S.R. 261 and expected to be finished by December 2013.
I anticipated that this project would gain the interest of low-income seniors in the area after many were displaced following eviction from Silver Oaks in 2011. Joseph McCabe, the project's manager, confirmed that summer of Silver Oaks headlines was one of the reasons NRP Group took an interest in developing a new Kent project.
I did not anticipate, however, the high volume of calls I'd receive from senior citizens wishing to live in Maplebrook at Golden Pond.
If you're interested in living in this new senior facility, Four Seasons at Kent, also owned by NRP Group, is taking inquiries. Give them a ring at 330-346-0063.
'Sugar Babies' at Kent State
According to SeekingArrangement.com, "the world's largest Sugar Daddy website," women students at KSU are increasingly looking for alternative ways to bypass high tuition costs.
The site lists KSU as the 11th fastest growing "Sugar Baby School," which is determined by the number of new signups the website received in 2012.
SeekingArrangement.com links people willing to dish out cash (an average of $3,000 a month) with coeds who are willing to date for it. Young college men can seek out Sugar Mommies as well.
All in all, 128 KSU students signed up for the online service last year.