On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don L. Robart announced the opening of a new doctor’s office on Portage Trail during his annual State of the City Address.
The attractive state-of-the-art building located at 1100 Portage Trail is the new home of the Cuyahoga Falls office location of Pediatrics of Akron, a comprehensive primary care office, serving patients from birth through college. Pediatrics of Akron continues to have its Akron office located at 300 Locust Street, Suite 200, within the Locust Professional Building.
“The new building has completely transformed the block between 11th and 12th Street,” stated Mayor Robart. “It is very rewarding to see a beautiful new building on the site of what was once a mixture of decaying and dangerous structures.”
Years of neglect and an absentee landlord turned the buildings at 100-1130 Portage Trail into a hazardous and blighted condition. Leaving behind a mortgage and years of unpaid taxes, the property was a black eye on the Portage Trail corridor. The City took action in 2010 by utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to purchase the dilapidated and condemned buildings.
Moreover, the Development Department applied for and received a $155,250 grant from the Clean Ohio Assistance Fund (COAF) to conduct environmental assessments on the property, which resulted in a clean site for a future property owner. Requests for proposals were mailed to developers, and Pediatrics of Akron was selected as the highest and best use for the property.
“The pleasant aesthetics of the building and extensive landscaping will complement the surrounding residential neighborhoods,” commented Development Director Susan Truby. “It was a long process, but we continue to change the landscape of the City one project at a time and we believe that Pediatrics of Akron was the perfect fit for this location.”
The building was designed by Caplea Studio Architects, constructed by Testa Companies, and the interior designer was Jennifer Miner. Both Mogen Real Estate Company and First Merit were prominent in making this dream a success.
Pediatrics of Akron is currently accepting new patients at both their Akron and Cuyahoga Falls office locations. For more information on Pediatrics of Akron, contact the Akron office at 330.253.7753 or the Cuyahoga Falls office at 330.920.8333. For more information on redevelopment efforts in the City of Cuyahoga Falls, contact the Development Department at 330.971.8135.