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South Front Street Redevelopment Underway

On Tuesday, March 18, 2008, to a crowd of over 150 people, Cuyahoga Falls Mayor, Don L. Robart initiated the demolition on the Prospect Mold & Die building, marking the first phase in the redevelopment of South Front Street.

"It was a great day for Cuyahoga Falls and the entire Cuyahoga River corridor", commented Mayor Robart. "Reconnecting residents with our national heritage river has been a priority for years. I'm thrilled to see it begin."

The City of Cuyahoga Falls purchased the former industrial site in 2003 with a matching grant from the state of Ohio. Additionally, the department applied for and received funding from the USEPA to conduct environmental assessments along South Front Street and to create a master plan for the redevelopment of the corridor.

Further, in 2007, the Development Department was successful in obtaining yet another grant from the State for $ 2.4 million for the remediation of ground water and soil contamination and the demolition of four buildings along South Front Street.

With the demolition of the former Prospect Mold and Die site at 1817 Front Street, a brand new development will occur shortly with the construction of a 2-acre tranquil urban park highlighted with beautiful flowerscapes, benches and lighting. The existing Prospect Bridge will be replaced with a state-of-the-art, decorative pedestrian bridge incorporating areas for viewing the Cuyahoga River below. The new park will also feature a walkway leading down into the river gorge.

"Construction of the park and bridge will begin as soon as the building is down, and the site is prepared," said Susan L. Truby, Director of Development. "Keep your eyes on Front Street as more new and exciting developments are just around the corner."

Scroll down for photos of the demolition. Contact the Development Department if you have any questions or would like more information (330) 971-8142.


Last changed 07/21/2011 - 2:23pm by petron@cityofcf