The Summit Lake neighborhood will get another influx of funds, this time aimed at improving the city’s community center.
Akron City Council approved legislation Monday to spend $350,000 on improvements at the center, 380 W Crosier St. The city plans to replace the roof, update the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and do other upgrades inside and outside the building.
“It’s going to be driven by how much we have left,” said Mark Moore, Akron’s strategic initiatives division manager.
The improvements were included in Akron’s capital budget for this year.
This is the latest of several improvements in the Summit Lake area, including the $5 million Summit Lake Family Opportunity Center being built beside the existing community center. The family opportunity center, expected to be finished this summer, is a joint project of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, the Akron Summit Community Action and the city. The building will offer kindergarten classes, Head Start classes and services by local providers.
Moore said the opportunity center project spurred the city to make improvements to its neighboring community center.
“This gave a good reason to make this an even higher priority,” he said.
Moore said the work on the community center will start this spring and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.
Councilwoman Margo Sommerville, who represents the Summit Lake area, said the community center upgrades will “compliment the new opportunity center.” She said the upgrades could include new landscaping and painting and other improvements inside the center.
In other business, the council approved plans for an expansion at the Ganley auto dealership on East Market Street. Ganley Akron Inc. plans to build two additions to its Mercedes building and an 157-space parking lot to showcase vehicles north of North Johns Avenue. Ganley is leasing the property where the new lot will be built and is in the process of tearing down a building on the site that formerly housed Flash Dance Cabaret, a strip club, and had become dilapidated, resulting in complaints.
Joel Copley of Janotta & Herner, the Monroeville company that is the project manager for the Ganley project, said the project will allow Ganley to offer additional services and will provide the dealership with more space to display its vehicles.
“They’re looking forward to having more elbow room,” he said.
Ganley will invest $550,000 in the additions and $400,000 in the demolition and parking lot, according to an Akron Planning Commission document.
Council President Garry Moneypenny said the Ganley improvements are the latest in numerous upgrades to this area of East Market Street, where Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. built its new headquarters and a new hotel is being constructed.
“We are slowly changing the skyline of East Akron,” he said.
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