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New Life for Former Factories and Other Abandoned Sites

Posted Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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New Life for Former Factories and Other Abandoned Sites In the 1970s, Akron developers transformed the Quaker Oats facility into a successful hotel and shopping mall complex, known as Quaker Square. Since then, a number of historic Northeast Ohio buildings and sites have been rehabilitated for new uses, including the Steelyard Commons shopping center, Cleveland’s first professional baseball field, League Park, and the Horseshoe Casino that now inhabits the old Higbee’s department store. But, are the costs associated with rehabbing old buildings worth it? What are the benefits of using our past as part of a growth strategy for the future of our cities?


Arts and Culture, Architecture, History, Economy, Housing/Real Estate, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

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Paula Gist, President of the League Park Heritage Association
Dr. Ted Curtis, V.P. Capital Planning & Facilities Management, University of Akron
Ari Maron, Partner MRN, Ltd
Diana Wellman, Partner, Naylor Wellman

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