Bar 145 battles for ownership of lease for their Kent franchise in Portage courts

With the doors locked and windows turned dark, only silence fills the empty remains of what used to be Bar 145, a lively gastropub located in the heart of downtown Kent. Formerly boasting a build-your-own-burger bar, bourbon and live music nearly every night, the restaurant suddenly closed its doors this August after being open since 2012. Now, its vacancy stands in stark contrast to the other businesses in the surrounding area including doughnut connoisseurs Peace, Love & Little Donuts and student-favorite Twisted Meltz. With roots in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, Bar 145 was founded by Jeremy Fitzgerald and his partner George Simon. The duo opened their first restaurant in Toledo, Ohio in

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A yellow pouch worth $15: Where does the money go?

General Definitions City Controller: The City Controller is the paymaster and chief accounting officer of the city. Parking turnover: The ratio of the number of vehicles parked in a duration of time to the number of parking bays available. General Fund: It provides resources necessary to sustain day-to-day operations of a city and pays for operating expenses. When governments say they need to “balance the budget,” they typically are referring to the general fund. Compliance Officers: They are part of the police department who make sure residents of Kent are complying with the parking standards. It’s been just over two years since the City of Kent implemented parking meters, and

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New Downtown Signage brings personality to Downtown Kent

As citizens of Kent make their way downtown, signs telling them to smile, or high-five a stranger may greet them. The new signs are part of a project done by the City of Kent. The creative process that went into creating the signs involved input from many area businesses in the downtown area, from figuring out what needed to be done to deciding what messages were wanted to be reflected in downtown Kent. One of those businesses was Main Street Kent. “There were about fifteen people in the room […] we spent a couple of hours saying words that come to mind when we think of our town, and really

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A New Home for the Boys in Blue

A New Building, A New Location The City of Kent police department has been operating out of a building built in the 1920s. Since being built the building has been repurposed many times until becoming the current police station. With this in mind the City of Kent has decided it would be best to build a new building to house the police department.  When asked why the police department needs a new building Lieutenant Michael Lewis of the Kent city police said “We have outgrown our current building. Our current facilities are not up to date.” The current building is 28,000 square feet, has an outdated jail that is to

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College-town atmosphere allows ‘mom-and-pop’ shops to prosper

By Richard Mulhall & Ian Klein When local business leader and philanthropist Ron Burbick of the Burbick foundation formulated his vision for Acorn Alley in Downtown Kent, his plan focused on the success of small businesses. He envisioned a flourishing downtown area dominated by locally owned, “mom-and-pop” businesses, and when his vision came to fruition in the spring of 2009, Acorn Alley was born. Now, just a mere six years later, Downtown Kent remains to be the premier spot in Kent thanks to small businesses built from the ground up, just as Burbick envisioned. The opening of Acorn Alley fueled downtown development plans and kindled the creation of many new

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Kent Pizzeria Forced to Closed Half Their Doors

Story By: Pamela Marotta Ramella’s a local pizzeria in downtown Kent has been forced to close their doors due to a safety hazard the Kent Health Department discovered during a building inspection. Ramella’s has two buildings that are connected, the pizzeria and the spy night lounge. There is a window that is located on the inside of the building that connects to both buildings. This window is used for people to place orders to the pizzeria while in the spy lounge. Ramella’s must address this issue or they will lose their occupancy permit. According to the Kent Health Department this window is considered to be a safety hazard and needs to have flame

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Tom Wilke starts as new Economic Development Director

Audio by: Aja Phillips Story by: Julia Adkins   As of January 2015, Tom Wilke started his new position as the economic development director for the City of Kent. The City of Kent began to accept applications for the position in 2014, after the loss of previous economic development director Dan Smith. “The city’s Human Resources Manager, Elizabeth Zorc, posted a notice that state the City was accepting applications for the position in the newspaper, on the city website and sent the notice to several economic and community development organizations for posting on their respective websites,” said Community Development Director Bridget Susel. The city had received 15 different applications for

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Parking Meters Are Popping Up Downtown

Video by Aja Philips and Story by Julia Adkins   ParkingOrdinance from Aja Phillips on Vimeo.   Parking in downtown seems to be a common concern among those who frequent downtown regularly. The Kent City Council came up with a solution to this problem, a new parking plan for the city of Kent. “The plan looks at parking issues associated with the PARTA deck, the surface lots and the on-street parking,” said Bridget Susel, Community Development Director. “It is an approach to parking planning that makes sure all the parking elements complement each other and work to meet the various parking needs of the downtown stakeholders.” “City Council adopted a

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How Safe is Downtown Kent?

Two months ago a twenty-year-old Kent State student was assaulted in downtown Kent after getting into a fight outside of Bar 145 downtown suffering severe lacerations to the face and other injuries. For those who heard about the assault it raises the question of safety in downtown Kent. It’s been four years since two men died as the result of a bar fight in downtown Kent. Dayton native, 22-year-old Christopher M. Kernich was fatally beaten in November of 2009 and a Delaware man, 28-year-old John T. White died three months later from the injuries he received in a beating in downtown Kent. Both were Kent State University students who died

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The gap between downtown and East Main Street businesses

Group Members: Emily Crilley, Alicia Balog, Alaina Altieri, Megan Brown Walking through Downtown Kent, visitors can explore, eat and shop at new businesses that have moved to the area, seeing the work the city has done to build up downtown over the past four years. “Mostly the City works at the macro level, trying to make the downtown a great place to do business and marketing Kent in general, so that Kent is on investor’s radar screen,” Kent City Manager Dave Ruller wrote in an email. Although Ruller wrote the city doesn’t own storefront properties downtown, it works with building landlords to keep track of what places are available in

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