Yesterday I posted about our efforts to formalize a process to preserve the historic resources in downtown Kent through the Ohio Certified Local Government and Historic District designation which we take to City Council this Wednesday (February 1) so I thought I’d give a quick update on the status of the new construction projects that are underway downtown.
Here were the notes I took from our weekly downtown development meeting last week (January 26):
Esplanade — The basic design of the esplanade is complete and Kent State University is working closely with the City to refine the layout to include public art opportunities and to that end, the City and KSU had a conference call with the Ohio Arts Council to explore a collaborative City/KSU planning grant to develop a master plan for public art and
Downtown Redevelopment — This relatively mild winter weather has allowed construction activity to stay busy on all aspects of the downtown projects. The Hotel & Conference Center contractors are pouring footers for the basement which they expect to finish up next week weather permitting. Pizzuti has placed the order for all of the structural steel and they should get their permits from the City to erect the steel in the next couple of weeks. Pizzuti and KSU are finalizing the interior design selections for the hotel.
Fairmount reports that they will soon be finishing up the steel framing of the Davey Tree building (building A) and their plumbing contractor is busy laying out the interior pipe network. For the Ametek building (building B) the structural steel is 100% erected and they are looking to pour the second and third floor slabs next week. For building C Fairmount met with the City staff to review their plans in preparation for their scheduled Architectural Review Board meeting in February.
Jim Bowling has finished the engineering plans for the City’s new surface parking lot in the redevelopment block and he plans to put it out to bid next week. The contract requires a delivery date for the new parking lot no later than August 1, which fits well Davey’s plans to move into their building by the end of August.
PARTA’s grading contractors continue to mobilize on the site and the plans for the new large retaining wall is expected to be submitted to the City staff for review and approval next week. PARTA is going out to bid for their concrete, HVAC and other trades contracts over the course of the next 2-4 weeks.