More than six months ago, contractors demolished the former Ramella’s Pizza and Mug’s Brew Pub at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Erie Street in Kent to make way for a new development.

The site, at 211 Franklin Street, has remained a pile of rubble ever since.

Now, Kent Community Development Director Bridget Susel said building owners have agreed to temporarily fill in the site until construction can take place this spring.

A year ago, Badreeyeh Alhasawi, who owns the corporation that owns the property, and her husband, Manouchehr Salehi, approached city officials about the six-story building they hoped to construct on the site. Plans called for a restaurant, a bar and a bakery on the lower two levels, with 16 apartments spread throughout the top four floors.

The buildings on the site were demolished in late May in preparation for construction. But late this fall, Salehi said, the couple broke with its architecture firm, DS Architects. The couple has asked the Ohio Board of Architects to review the case, he said.

Because construction cannot begin until spring, owners will need to take certain temporary steps, such as marking the location of utilities that eventually will be built, Susel said

The city gives property owners two years after the Planning Commission approves plans for a project to start construction, Susel said. The approval was granted Feb. 20 of this year.

Next door, at 227 Franklin Avenue, Fairmount Properties is planning a second six-story building, which the developer has named Kent West End. The apartment building, proposed on the former BW3 site, will have 58 apartments, including one-bedroom, two-bedroom and micro apartments. It will include an on-site courtyard for residents.

 

Reporter Diane Smith can be reached at 330-298-1139 or dsmith@recordpub.com.