Firestone North Urban Renewal Plan approved

January 14, 2014

About 330 acres surrounding the new Bridgestone Americas Technical Center in South Akron was declared a blighted area by City Council Monday evening, paving the way for major improvements. A report produced by Akron’s Department of Planning and Urban Development stated that more than 70 percent of the parcels in the plan area have vacant, sub-standard or deteriorating structures, and many parcels are not being maintained. By declaring the area blighted and thus eligible for urban renewal, the city can initiate projects and use its eminent domain powers to redevelop the area. 

Jan. 13, 2014 from Akron City Council on Vimeo.