Smart Growth Community Excellence Award - Mixed-Use Development
Downtown Akron's emerging Northside District is a mixed-use neighborhood on the northern edge of Downtown Akron, overlooking the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This urban development serves an integral role in Akron's revitalization, offering new residents, shopping opportunities, restaurants and a hotel. A linear park threads the site, creating a series of plazas that serve as a promenade to the adjacent national park, the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath trail system and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Akron Station.
Northside's new construction includes a 60-unit mixed-use loft building, a 146-room hotel, and townhomes. The loft building's post-tensioned concrete structure allows each unit to be finished in an industrial aesthetic with exposed concrete floors and ceilings. The new 10-story hotel features enclosed parking, a restaurant, meeting space, pool, theater, and a fitness center and will be the first first hotel constructed in Downtown Akron in the past 40 years. Overall, the Northside redevelopment brings new activities to Downtown's edge, re-establishing the district's important role with its urban context and offering market-rate residential options within the metro area.