URBAN RENEWAL PLAN
East Market Street/Irene Avenue Area Urban Renewal Plan
City of Akron, Ohio
Department of Planning and Urban Development
Statement of Development Objectives
Types of Proposed Renewal Actions
Land Use Plan
the East Market Street/Irene Avenue Urban Renewal Area
The East Market Street/Irene Avenue Urban Renewal Area is located in the City of Akron,
County of Summit, State of Ohio, and is bounded as described below. The Renewal Area
consists of approximately 17 acres situated approximately 2 miles southeast of downtown
Akron and generally bounded by Mary Street on the north, Elm Drive on the east, East
Market Street on the south and Kelly Avenue on the west.
Beginning at the east right-of-way line of Kelly Avenue and the north right-of-way line of
East Market Street.
Thence east along the north right-of-way line of East Market Street approximately 1,496.50
feet to a point being the intersection of the north right-of-way line of East Market
Street and the west right-of-way line of Elm Drive.
Thence north along the west right-of-way line of Elm Drive 150 feet to a point being the
intersection of a property line.
Thence west along said property line and an extension thereof approximately 739 feet to a
point being the intersection of the west right-of-way line of North Johns Avenue.
Thence north along the west right-of-way line of North Johns Avenue and west along the
south right-of-way line of Mary Avenue approximately 1,205 feet to a point being the
intersection of the south right-of-way line of Mary Avenue and the east right-of-way line
of Kelly Avenue.
Thence south along the east right-of-way line of Kelly Avenue approximately 572 feet to
the place of beginning.
Statement of Development Objectives to be
Achieved by the Project
The goals of the City of Akron in undertaking the project are: 1) to eliminate blight and
to prevent the recurrence of blight in the project area; 2) to facilitate the expansion of
the car dealership in the project area in order to maintain existing jobs, create new
jobs, and increase economic activity; 3) increase the attractiveness of the project area.
To carry out project goals, the following specific objectives are proposed:
- Land Use Objective
Enhance the viability of the East Market Street/Irene Avenue Urban Renewal Area by
encouraging compatible land use relationships within the project area and removing
incompatible land uses;
- Remove blighted properties within the project area which are deteriorated, or a threat
to the public health, safety and general welfare.
- Provide a suitable area for the expansion of the Ganley Toyota and Mercedes Benz
- Prohibit incompatible uses from locating in the project area and promote harmonious land
use relationships between properties.
- Evaluate the potential vacation of Irene Avenue to facilitate the expansion of the
retail/commercial corridor along East Market Street.
- Environmental Objective
Develop an attractive and visually improved environment within the Renewal Area:
- Remove properties which are poorly maintained or deteriorated, attract nuisance
activities and are detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the general public and
persons who pass through the area.
- Implement redevelopment which will prevent blighted conditions from recurring which are
harmful to persons within, adjacent to, and who pass through the renewal area.
- Develop attractive, well-landscaped and lighted facilities which improve the appearance
of the East Market Street/Irene Avenue area.
- Evaluate the potential vacation of Irene Avenue to eliminate conflicts associated with
the street and facilitate well-designed retail/commercial development along East Market
- Public Improvements Objective
Upgrade the infrastructure within the project area to provide streets and walks that are
suitable for existing uses while facilitating the expansion of area businesses or
- Evaluate the potential vacation of Irene Avenue to eliminate conflicts associated with
the street and facilitate the expansion of the retail/commercial development along East
- Circulation and Parking
Reduce conflicts among all forms of circulation routes, including pedestrian, vehicular,
school and commercial traffic:
- Evaluate the vacation of Irene Avenue and the redesign of vehicular access routes to
Goodyear Middle School by providing access and egress off of North Johns Avenue.
- Provide suitable sites to ensure well-designed parking for retail/commercial
- Improve parking conditions at Goodyear Middle School, in terms of both function and
- Redesign pedestrian walkways to facilitate safe and convenient pedestrian access to
Goodyear Middle School.
- Economic Objective
Facilitate the expansion of the Ganley Toyota and Mercedes Benz dealership to help
stimulate the local economy:
- Remove blighting conditions and thereby encourage investor confidence in the East Market
Street/Irene Avenue area.
- Encourage significant private reinvestment by property owners in the project area.
Provide for redevelopment which will provide new jobs for Akron area
Types of Proposed Renewal Actions
Proposed renewal actions to be carried out by the City following adoption of the renewal
plan may include acquisition and clearance of property, the sale or lease of land for
redevelopment, construction of supporting infrastructure, vacation of streets and other
rights of way and additional actions to support new commercial, retail or office activity.
Redevelopment sites controlled by the City are to be acquired by agreements with the City
setting forth permitted uses, use restrictions and development requirements. The sale or
lease of City owned property, and the terms of the associated development agreements,
requires review by the City Planning Commission and the approval of Akron City Council.
- Permitted Land Uses
In order to achieve the objectives of this Urban Renewal Plan, the permitted land uses
within the East Market Street/Irene Avenue Urban Renewal Plan shall correspond with the
proposed zoning for the area as depicted in Map E. These uses shall include all uses
permitted under 153.106 (UG Government Use District) and 153.108 (U4 Commercial) of the
Akron Zoning Code.
- Existing Zoning Map
The existing zoning for the East Market Street/Irene Avenue Urban Renewal Area is divided
between Commercial (U4, H1, A1) and Government Use (UG, H1, A1). Map C indicates existing
- Proposed Zoning
It is proposed that a portion of the area currently zoned Government Use (UG, H1, A1) be
rezoned Commercial (U4, H1, A1) as found in Chapter 153.108 of the Akron Zoning Code and
as indicated on Map E.
- Additional Development Standards and Regulations
All site, building and signage plans shall be reviewed by the Urban Design and Historic
Preservation Commission (UDHPC) and require approval from the City Planning Commission.
In addition to complying with the development standards and regulations set forth in the
Akron Zoning Code, new development in the East Market Street/Irene Avenue Urban Renewal
Area shall comply with the following:
- Parking Facilities
The design, layout and access to off-street parking shall be reviewed and approved. All
parking and service areas shall be paved with a hard surface material, curbed and
- Outdoor Advertising Displays
No billboards or outdoor advertising displays of any nature shall be placed, erected or
located in the East Market Street/Irene Avenue Urban Renewal Area.
- On-Premise Exterior Signs
The following guidelines apply to all exterior signage in the East Market Street/Irene
Avenue Urban Renewal Area:
- Building mounted signage shall be for business identification only.
- Pole signs are prohibited.
- Ground mounted signs shall be for one business only. If multiple businesses are on site,
the sign shall be for project identification only.
- All signage materials shall be compatible with building materials and colors.
- Mechanically moving signage or flashing lights shall be prohibited.
- A sign may not project above the roof of a structure to which it is affixed.
- Any new signs or replacement of existing signs shall be reviewed by the Urban Design and
Historic & Preservation Commission and receive the approval of the Akron City Planning
All private and public utilities will be placed underground.
- Building Design
Construction of any new buildings within the East Market Street/Irene Avenue Urban Renewal
Area shall be reviewed by the Urban Design and Historic Preservation Commission and
receive the approval of the Akron City Planning Commission.
- Building Materials
The majority of the building materials shall be split face block or brick masonry, and
shall be subject to approval by the City of Akron's Department of Planning and Urban
- Positioning of Primary Buildings
Site plans shall be subject to approval by the City of Akron's Department of Planning and
Urban Development. Building service/storage areas should not be visible from public
- On Site Trash Storage
On site trash materials shall be stored in a structure or in structures that match the
materials of the primary buildings.
Vehicular ingress and egress to buildings and parking areas shall be approved by the City
Traffic Engineer. Multiple buildings should be served by a common access point.
All new development plans shall include a landscape plan, which shall be subject to
approval by the City of Akron's Department of Planning and Urban Development. Existing
parking areas shall be landscape screened to be consistent with new development.
- Exterior Lighting
All public exterior areas shall be well lighted in a manner suitable for the intended use.
Lighting should be adequate for the intended use, but should be sited and of such a nature
as to not be intrusive into surrounding areas.
- Storm Water Management
The developer shall submit a storm water management plan to control the run-off, siltation
and sedimentation during construction and to control the run-off after the development is
completed. The plan is to be consistent with all the requirements of Section 192.101-.114
of the Code of Ordinances and is to be subject to the approval of the Bureau of
Engineering and submitted prior to the issuance of any building permits.
Existing businesses in the East Market Street/Irene Avenue Renewal Area which do not meet
the minimum development standards as outlined in the Akron Zoning code will not be
required to retroactively comply to those standards. However, there are some design
objectives which will be sought voluntarily to improve the environment of the East Market
Street/Irene Avenue Area.
The voluntary design objectives are:
- Upgrade existing buildings in design and exterior building materials with special
emphasis on the appearance of the main business entrances.
- Upgrade on-premise exterior signs.
- Provide landscaping in all appropriate locations, particularly in and around parking
areas, along the building or screening line and between curbs and sidewalks.
Screen exterior storage areas from public view.
- Land Acquisition
- Identification of Real Property Proposed to be Acquired
Real property to be acquired to meet development objectives is identified in Exhibit 7 and
Map F, Proposed Acquisitions.
- Conditions under which Properties Not Identified to be Acquired may be Acquired
Properties which are severely deteriorated (substandard or major deterioration) may be
acquired in order to remove conditions of blight which constitute a threat to health,
safety and welfare in the area. Structures which are not substandard or in a state of
major deterioration, may be acquired when they are necessary for public improvements, or
when their acquisition is necessary in order to carry out the development goals of the
plan, and to permit proper and orderly development in the project area.
- Conditions under which Properties Identified to be Acquired may not be Acquired.
As properties are identified for acquisition, such properties may not be acquired if it is
determined that an acceptable alternative will achieve the objectives of the Plan.
- Rehabilitation and Conservation
There are no structures designated for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation of buildings and
properties may be undertaken if determined to further the objectives of the Plan.
- Redeveloper's Obligations
Redevelopment within the East Market Street/Irene Avenue Urban Renewal Area on land to be
acquired by the City, shall be restricted by a Lease Agreement or Redevelopment Agreement
executed by the City and the Redeveloper. The Lease Agreement or Redevelopment Agreement
and project reviews and approval shall apply to all of the Redeveloper's contiguous
property within the urban renewal area. The Lease Agreement or Redevelopment Agreement
shall include the following provisions:
- The Redeveloper shall submit preliminary site plans and building plans to the City of
Akron, Department of Planning and Urban Development for review. The Urban Design and
Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Commission shall approve site plans,
building materials and building elevations prior to commencement of construction to assure
compliance with the Renewal Plan. It is expressly understood that approval of any plans by
the City of Akron applies to any and all features shown thereon; and that any subsequent
additions, deletions, or other modifications thereof are required to be submitted by the
developer before construction of such modifications can begin.
- The Redeveloper shall commence rehabilitation or new construction on land acquired by
the City and conveyed to the Redeveloper within 12 months after conveyance.
- The Redeveloper shall agree that no covenant, agreement, lease conveyance or other
instrument relating to the property shall be effected or executed on the basis or race,
creed, color, sex or national origin in the sale, lease, use or occupancy thereof.
The Redeveloper shall maintain the structure and facilities in
accordance with all codes and ordinances of the City of Akron.
- Relationship to Local Objectives
The Urban Renewal Plan proposals are based on planning objectives for the City of Akron as
expressed in the General Plan and Workable Program of the City of Akron. The Urban Renewal
Plan provides for the redevelopment of the project area in a manner which will promote the
public health, safety, morals and welfare.
The acquisition and elimination of blighted conditions and the prevention of recurrence of
blight will benefit the general public and the business and property owners adjacent to
the East Market Street/Irene Avenue Urban Renewal Area.
The land use proposals of the plan will provide for development of commercial/retail
facilities and parking.
- Relocation Plan
Should action by the City result in displacement of any residents or businesses, the
relocation of displaced individuals or families will be carried out in conformance with
the City of Akron Relocation Plan and Activity Program.
- Duration of the Renewal Plan Restrictions
The Renewal Plan and/or modification thereof shall be in force and effect for a period of
40 years from the date of approval of this Renewal Plan by the City of Akron. The
termination of this Renewal Plan shall in no way permit the project land or any part
thereof to be restricted on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, or national origin in
the sale, use, or occupancy thereof; nor shall it permit the practice of discrimination
based on race, creed, color, sex, or national origin.
- Provisions for Amending Approved Plan
This Renewal Plan may be amended from time to time upon approval by the City Planning
Commission and City Council.
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