With the flurry of activity (and great media coverage in RC, including a video on the grand opening of Phase I, and in the Akron Beacon Journal) for the Phoenix Project over the last couple of months it would be easy to miss some of the other work that is going on downtown but that’s where Main Street’s monthly reports come in handy. The first quarter is usually all about planning the work program for the year but this year the first quarter saw a couple of new businesses open up and over three-quarters of a million dollars spent on construction during what is typically the slowest construction months of the year. I was disapointed to see that the Gallery Saggio ended up closing down but hopefully Main Street is working on finding a new tenant for the old Key Bank space.
I had missed the opening of the new Penn Station Subs shop up at 114 N. Willow so I’ll need to drop in for a little verbal and financial patronage. I’ve yet to hear what was behind Sorboro’s decision to close but I was certainly discouraged.
I’ll stop with the play by play and let you read for yourself the highs and lows of the first 3 months of 2009: