PTP RESPONSE TO PROPOSED UA DEMOLITION
OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS
As part of its long-range planning process, The University of Akron has submitted a request to the State of Ohio for funds to pay for capital projects. Included is a request to demolish several historic Akron buildings, the former St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Sunday School and Parish Hall on East Market Street and four buildings in the Quaker Square complex. The parish hall and Quaker Square buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As our community’s historic preservation advocacy organization, we are concerned about the fate of these historic and architecturally significant buildings. In response to the proposed demolition of these structures, PTP has presented a letter of concern to The University of Akron administration and met with a university representative.
PTP will continue to advocate for the preservation of Akron’s rich architectural heritage and dialogue with local stakeholders and community leaders, including The University of Akron and City of Akron. As part of that initiative, PTP invited representatives from the East Market Street area and other city leaders to a meeting on May 16, 2017, at the historic First Congregational Church in Akron. Discussion focused on the importance of re-purposing the historic former St. Paul’s Church buildings, formerly The University of Akron’s Ballet Center, and sharing information on how we can use the preservation of our historic structures as anchors for the continued redevelopment of this and other areas of Akron. For more information about this meeting, or to ask questions or share concerns, please contact Dana Noel, PTP president (330-322-6159 or email@example.com) or John F. Myers, Advocacy Committee chair (330-819-3695 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Click HERE to read more about PTP’s position as printed in our January/February 2016 newsletter and PTP board member Bob Dill’s brief history of the church buildings. National Register of Historic Places original nominations for both sites may be accessed from the Akron-Summit County Public Library Special Collections Division website, listed alphabetically.