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This aerial photograph shows construction work continuing on the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, located at the corner of Haymaker Parkway and DePeyster Street and the neighboring Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority's Kent Central Gateway parking deck and transit center. The two projects are part of more than $100 million in redevelopment work in downtown Kent, including the Fairmount Properties buildings, just west of the KSU Hotel and Conference Center at the corner of Haymaker Parkway and Water Street, which include offices for Ametek and Davey Resource Group and retail spaces. Ron Burbick's Acorn Alley retail developments, along with Acorn Corner, formerly the old Kent Hotel, sit west of the parking deck. Both the hotel and parking deck are expected to open by summer 2013. A third Fairmount Properties building with restaurant and apartment space located behind the Davey and Ametek buildings is expected to open in fall 2013.
Al Beckwith/Commercial Aviation photo