URBAN RENEWAL PLAN
- Location of the Market-Maple Urban Renewal Area
The Market-Maple Urban Renewal Area consists of approximately 92 acres situated
to the immediate northwest of the Central Business District. It is generally bounded north
of West Market Street by the rear property line of the parcels on the north side of North
Street to the north, the Ohio and Erie Canal on the east, and Valley Street on the west.
South of West Market Street, it is generally bounded by Maple Street on the east, Valley
Street on the west, and the rear lot line of parcels on Crosby Street or the centerline of
- 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 Market-Maple area; 2) to facilitate the
expansion of existing businesses and the influx of new businesses into the Market-Maple
area in order to create jobs and increase economic activity; 3) to support growth and
development of educational and public facilities.
To carry out project goals, the following specific objectives are proposed:
- Land Use Objectives
Enhance the viability of the Market-Maple Urban Renewal Area by encouraging land uses
which are compatible with the areas existing retail, commercial, educational, and public
- Remove blighted and incompatible properties within the
project area which are deteriorated, or a threat to the public health, safety and general
- Enable suitable redevelopment sites for the expansion of
area businesses or uses compatible with the area.
- Prohibit incompatible uses from locating in the project area
and promote harmonious land use relationships between properties.
- Encourage new retail and service development along West
- Support growth and development of facilities associated with
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
- Environmental Objectives
Develop an attractive and visually improved environment:
- Support Ohio and Erie Canal Corridor and Cascade Locks Park
- 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.
- Through development guidelines, develop attractive,
well-landscaped and lighted facilities which improve the appearance of the Market-Maple
Urban Renewal Area.
- Public Improvements Objectives
- Upgrade the public infrastructure as necessary within the
- Create an attractive, modern arterial street along West
Market Street in keeping with its status as the major east-west arterial through Akron.
- Circulation Objectives
- Reduce conflicts among all forms of circulation routes,
including pedestrian, vehicular and commercial traffic.
- Ensure efficient ingress and egress points for commercial
traffic accessing the Market-Maple Urban Renewal Area.
- Reduce parking conflicts among different uses or businesses.
- Find solutions to short, narrow, or dead-end streets which
impede circulation through the area.
- Provide for an improved pedestrian environment especially
around the high school.
- Economic Objective
Facilitate the expansion of existing businesses and the influx of other appropriate
commercial businesses to help stimulate the local economy.
- Remove blighting conditions and thereby encourage investor
confidence in the Market-Maple Urban Renewal Area.
- Provide for redevelopment which will provide jobs for Akron
area residents, especially residents of the immediate area and the nearby Enterprise
- Add to the inventory of commercial businesses in Akron,
improving the tax base and diversity of the local economy.
- Provide support for the maintenance and expansion of the
automobile dealers in this area.
- Encourage private investment in property to upgrade the
- 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 and additional actions
supporting commercial, retail, office, educational and public facilities. 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.
- Land Use Plan
- Permitted Land Uses
In order to achieve the objectives of this Urban Renewal Plan, the permitted land uses
within the Market-Maple Urban Renewal Plan shall correspond with the proposed zoning for
the area as depicted in Map 5. These uses shall include all uses permitted under Chapters
153.101 (U1, Dwelling Districts), 153.106 (UG Government Use), 153.107 (U3 Retail
Business), and 153.108 (U4 Commercial), of the Akron Zoning Code.
- Existing Zoning
The existing zoning for the Market-Maple Urban Renewal Area is a combination of Apartment,
Retail, Commercial and Ordinary Industry.
- Proposed Zoning
It is proposed that the area be zoned Dwelling District (U1), Retail (U3), Commercial
(U4), and Government (UG), as found in Chapters 153.101, 153.106, 153.107, and 153.108 of
the Akron Zoning Code.
- 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 Market-Maple 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 concrete curbs installed around the
perimeter and include landscaped traffic control islands, if necessary. Parking should be
located at the side or rear of buildings.
- Outdoor Advertising Displays
No billboards or outdoor advertising display of any nature shall be placed, erected or
located in the Market-Maple Urban Renewal Area.
- On-Premise Exterior Signs
The following guidelines apply to all exterior signage in the Market-Maple Urban Renewal
- Building mounted signage shall be for business
- 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
- 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 Commission.
All private and public utilities will be placed underground on West Market Street
- Building Materials
All building materials shall be split face block or brick.
- Positioning of Primary Buildings
Minimum building setback from public streets shall be two times the building height or be
at the street frontage on West Market Street. Building service areas should not be visible
from public streets.
- On Site Trash Storage
On site trash materials shall be stored in a structure(s) that match the materials of the
Vehicular ingress and egress to the site shall be approved by the City Traffic Engineer.
Multiple buildings should be served by a common access point.
At a minimum, 30% of the site available for development shall be non-paved and the
non-building area suitably landscaped
- Exterior Lighting
All public exterior area 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 Market-Maple Urban 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 Market-Maple 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 along the building or screening line and between curbs and sidewalks.
- Screen from public view exterior storage, loading and
- Project Proposals
- Land Acquisition
- Identification of real property proposed to be acquired:
Conditions of blight, deterioration and/or incompatible land use will be eliminated
through clearance and redevelopment in order to meet development objectives. Specific
properties will be identified as development proposals are received and reviewed.
- 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 Market-Maple 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
- The Redeveloper shall submit site plans and building plans
to the City of Akron, Department of Planning and Urban Development. Urban Design and
Historic Preservation Commission shall review and Planning Commission shall approve these
plans prior to commencement of construction to determine compliance of such plans 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
- 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.
- Other Provisions
- 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 Plan provides
for the redevelopment of the project area in a manner which will promote the public
health, safety, and welfare. Its proposals will enable Akron to retain key institutions
such as St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, as well as vital businesses such as auto
dealerships, and expand employment opportunities. The Plan will complement City of Akron
redevelopment efforts for West Market Street, a prime retail and commercial arterial, and
assist in the elimination of blight in an important area near the Central Business
District, the Highland Square Redevelopment Area, and the Ohio and Erie Canal and Heritage
Corridor. A conceptual plan for the proposed Cascade Locks Park identifies proposed
recreational, housing and retail activities along the Ohio and Erie Canal area to the east
of the Urban Renewal Area from Lock 10 to Lock 15. Lock 15, immediately north of the
northeast boundary, is the site of the restored Mustill Store and Mustill House.
The acquisition and elimination of blighted conditions and the prevention of recurrence
will benefit the general public and the business and property owners adjacent to the
Market-Maple Urban Renewal Area.
The land use proposals of the plan will provide for development of educational,
commercial, retail, office, and attendant 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.
- Other Development Provision
- 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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