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Akron's Downtown Gets an $8 Million Federal Grant to Redo Main Street

photo of Main Street Akron

Akron is getting $8 million in federal funding for its Main Street Promenade project.

The promenade project is concentrated on Main Street between Perkins and Mill -- north of the John S. Knight Center. Mayor Dan Horrigan says the funds will go toward repairs, more greenspace and improved accessibility for people with disabilities. And he thanked Ohio's congressional delegation for its bipartisan support in securing the grant.

The $8 million grant comes from the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program, or "TIGER," which supports road, port and public transit projects. The TIGER grants are awarded based on whether projects will enhance safety, economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability. In 2016, Akron also received $5 million to build a green corridor on Main Street with more bike lanes and signage.

Kabir Bhatia is a senior reporter for Ideastream Public Media's arts & culture team.