Posts Tagged ‘City of Akron’

Rail to Trail Project gets City of Akron Grant

September 22, 2020

This former A&BB elevated line will become part of a trail being developed in Akron.

A rails to trail project has received a $75,000 grant from the Akron City Council to match a grant being offered by the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition.

The trail, to be known as the Rubber City Heritage Trail, will use a portion of abandoned Akron & Barberton Belt right of way.

The location extends from near River Street from Third Avenue to Exchange Street.

The right of way is elevated and the Erie Canalway Coalition said the trail will resemble the High Line in New York City that is also built on an abandoned elevated railroad right of way.

The Akron trail will be 10 feet in width and designed to accommodate hiking and biking.

The trail is being designed in phases and will eventually extend from the Middlebury neighborhood to the University of Akron, downtown Akron, Summit Lake and the Kenmore neighborhoods.

Work is expected to take eight to 10 years to complete with the first phase opening in 2022.

The A&BB line once served tire makers Goodyear, BF Goodrich, Firestone and General.

The city now owns the railroad right of way being developed into a trail and  was last used for rail operations more than a decade ago.

Akron Buys Land for CVSR Merriman Valley Station

December 10, 2019

The Akron City Council recently agreed to acquire land along Merriman Road as a step toward creating a new station in the city’s Merriman Valley commercial district for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

The council agreed to spend $200,000 from federal Community Block Grant funds to buy the property at 1762 Merriman Road from Gary Malick.

The site is a vacant parcel located north of the Dollar General store and south of the McDonald’s restaurant.

A CVSR station serving the Merriman Valley commercial district has been in the planning stages for several years.

It would not be the first time that the CVSR has served the district.

After the Federal Railroad Administration in late 1989 condemned a bridge over Howard Street in downtown Akron as unsafe, trains of the former Cuyahoga Valley Line terminated in the Merriman Valley between 1990 and Aug. 1, 1993.

Aside from Akron Northside Station downtown, CVSR trains also stop in Akron at Big Bend station for bicyclists in the Sand Run Metropark at 1337 Merriman Road.

The Merriman Valley stop would be similar to the one in Peninsula whereby all passengers and not just bikers can board or disembark.

City officials are hoping that the Merriman Valley station will create more foot traffic for businesses there.

That, in turn, could encourage more businesses to locate there, thereby creating jobs, generating tax dollars and increasing property values.

James Hardy, Akron’s deputy mayor for integrated development, said the city hopes to have the station open by 2023.

He doesn’t expect construction to begin next year, though, because the city still needs to work with the railroad and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to get funding for construction and design work.

“This will take some time,” Hardy said.

Akron, Cleveland Land TIGER Grants

August 3, 2016

Although no rail projects in Ohio received a TIGER grant for 2016 from the U.S. Department of Transportation, projects in Akron and Cleveland did receive funding.

Tiger grantsThe City of Akron received a $5 million grant that will be used to transform portions of South Main Street in downtown Akron into a green street corridor that will include bicycle and pedestrian facilities as well as a roundabout.

The city’s application said the project will make the street an attractive multi-modal corridor as well as improve the safety for pedestrians and nearby residents. The total project cost is $14.5 million.

The Cleveland Metroparks District received a $7.9 million grant to be used to build four miles of bicycle and pedestrian trails as well as a bridge leading to Lake Erie.

The application noted that the $16.4 million project will provide better access to jobs, public transportation and green space along Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River.