New restaurant and apartment building planned for downtown Kent

By Kyle McDonald | Staff Writer Published:

Plans to erect another new building in downtown Kent have started moving through the city's approval process.

The Kent Architectural Review Board issued a certificate of appropriateness Tuesday for a five-floor structure at the intersection of Erie and DePeyster streets, simply titled "Building C" at this stage in the planning process.

Fairmount Properties, the private developer responsible for the new South Water Street buildings housing several retail shops, eateries and corporate offices for Ametek, Inc. and Davey Resource Group, is managing "Building C" as well.

When presenting the project to the Architecture Review Board, the project's architect Ed Feher said the building will be a mixed use structure, with the restaurant Bricco occupying the first floor.

"Bricco occupies the first floor, which is approximately 7,000-square feet," Feher said, noting that the restaurant's lease is already signed.

One- and two-bedroom apartments will fill the rest of the building, with eight units per floor, said Adam Branscomb, Fairmount Properties project manager.

"They won't be marketed as student apartments," he said. "They'll be marketed as downtown housing for young professionals, university professors and empty-nesters."

The building will sit directly across DePeyster Street from the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, and diagonal from the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority's Kent Central Gateway parking deck.

Branscomb said the time line of the project includes having Bricco open by fall of 2013, and residential occupancy by spring of 2014.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1127

or kmcdonald@recordpub.com

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  • Nice to see Kent growing! Too bad Ravenna will never see such growth