Saturday, February 16, 2013
Patch's Visions for Vacancies feature asks for your input on vacant commercial properties
One of the largest vacancies in the Stow Towne Center Plaza near the intersection of S.R. 91 and Norton Road is the former Clubhouse location towards the plaza's eastern end. The plaza itself, which has several thriving businesses such as Guava and Tong Tong Chinese restaurant, also has multiple other vacancies while being connected to one of the Stow Giant Eagle locations. Patch wants to know, what kind of business or organization you think would make a good fit for the former grocery store? What do you think would find success in the former Clubhouse location or other vacancy in the plaza?
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Now that New York 2 Chicago Pizzeria is gone, we want to know what you want in its place.
New York 2 Chicago Pizzeria opened its doors at 4320 Kent Rd Ste 1 in the Target plaza in February 2011 and closed its doors some time in December 2012. Did you know that? At Stow Patch, we just recently found out and we're sad to see it go. According to the restaurant's Facebook page, the plan was to relocate to Kent in November, but it seemingly hasn't opened yet because several fans are commenting asking about the progress as recently as Jan. 25, 2013. The building has been empty since December, and we want to know what you want to see move in in NY2C's place. What store or restaurant does Stow desparately need? Tell us in the comments!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
City Council will vote to approve the plans to build at tonight's meeting.
Ever wish you could just drive through a Panera line? Well, your wish may soon come true. At tonight's 7 p.m. meeting, city council will look to approve plans to build a 8,823 square foot Panera at 1063 Graham Road. The land was formerly occupied by Big Boy, which was torn down in November. Planning Director Rob Kurtz said what makes this Panera different from the one on Kent Road is the addition of a drive-thru. If approved, Kurtz was unsure when the new restaurant would open. Are you excited about a drive-thru Panera, or do you wish something else was built there? Tell us in the comments.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Demolition on the vacant restaurant right off of State Route 8 in Stow on Graham Road began Thursday and the owners have a plan for the space.
Big Boy, the chain restaurant that has been closed in Stow for about five years now, is in the process of being torn down. Planning Director Rob Kurtz said while there has not been an official application submitted for the property, he's optimistic about that lot. The owners, Deville Developments Inc., have been in talks with Kurtz. While the preliminary details aren't being shared, Kurtz did say the owner gave him permission to tell Stow Patch that the plans include constructing a Panera. This would be the second Panera in the city. One is currently located on Kent Road. The ex-Big Boy was 6,300-square-feet and the property is zoned C-5, for highway services. "I think any large vacant building is not a positive thing. I'd say eyesore…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The mayor said there's been some interest in the building, but Patch wants to know what Stow residents would like to see in the former Damon's.
Patch got an overwhelming response when readers weighed in on what anchor store residents would like to see in the Stow-Kent Shopping Plaza and we want that feedback again on another vacant building. The Damon's off of Steels Corners Road at 4200 Steels Point Dr. near the Stow Municipal Court has been vacant since October 2009. Mayor Sara Drew said there have been a few tenants interested in the property, but nothing official has come of the space yet. Fifty people lost jobs when the restaurant closed. "The restaurant, which opened in 2002, had been 'under performing' for the past two years, according to Denise Reinert-McKeown, of G&R Management Services, the company that runs the Columbus-based Damon's International," according to an …
Friday, June 29, 2012
An overlay district that allows for mixed-use development could mean big business news for the mostly empty plaza. What do you think?
The planning commission discussed turning the mostly empty Stow-Kent Shopping Plaza into an overlay district with flexible zoning to encourage development of the area with several empty stores. An overlay district would allow for mixed-use tenants — both retail and residential (for those who are 55 and older). The goal is to provide a district that is both sustainable and compatible with the adjacent properties, according to Stow's Planning Director Rob Kurtz. He said the redevelopment of Stow's vacant commercial areas is in general a concern of the planning commission and the general public. The public was very vocal on a Visions for Vacancies Stow Patch story in February where more than 120 people left comments about the plaza and …