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2013 Report



Mike Gill and Annette Rosenberger

Photo by Michael Barath

Dear SID Member: We are pleased to present to you our 2013 Annual Report for the Downtown Canton Special Improvement (SID). The report highlights our accomplishments for the 16th full year of operation. Overall, it was a very successful year for your SID. Stark State College committed to locate an energy themed student campus in our downtown. We look forward to the positive effect Stark State College will have on our downtown community. We were successful in providing an update to our 2003 Downtown Master Plan. Our consultant, czb Consulting, provided us with an insightful plan that will provide the needed road map for the future of our center city. In addition, the Downtown Canton Land Bank took a leadership role in establishing new market rate housing in our downtown. This completed apartment project came about as the result of an SID lead subcommittee on downtown living. In addition, staff continued to emphasize the importance of downtown aesthetics and marketing, and a number of new businesses joined our center city. We appreciate all of the support we receive from our partners, the City of Canton, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and ArtsinStark. Thanks also to our Board of Directors and property owners for their counsel, financial support and ideas. We look forward to continued success in revitalizing our downtown and creating value for our property owners. Sincerely, David T. Beule Chairman of the Board Michael P. Gill President


Annual Awards Each year, the SID Board recognizes downtown organizations that are making a significant contribution to the revitalization of our city by presenting these businesses with a SID Award. This year, there are 12 awards as shown on the following pages. The SID Board applauds their commitment & investment in downtown Canton.

Awards created by artist su nimon

Mission Statement The Downtown Canton Special Improvement District is a nonprofit corporation that provides programming to preserve the economic well being of downtown Canton. The SID is dedicated to preserving the aesthetic, architectural, and historic character of the downtown area. The organization is funded by special assessments on downtown property owners.

Downtown Aesthetics

Color Downtown The beautification of the center city continued with the planting of the 50plus flower beds downtown. For the tenth year, volunteers donated their time and efforts to make downtown look its best throughout the summer. Banners Promoting upcoming events, celebrating the seasons and raising awareness of civic and cultural organizations in the SID, banners line and decorate the streets. The SID approves and coordinates the placement of banners throughout downtown with the City. New banners this year included new downtown promotional banners and new Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival banners. Security Increased police presence is added in the downtown areas Monday through Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m. from November through March.This additional security cruises the center city, and walks among the restaurants and bars. Architectural Review Board To preserve and protect the historical, cultural and architectural integrity of downtown, an Architectural Review Board was created in 2005. This Board has reviewed 16 projects so far this year. Gumbuster Our resident Gumbuster, Herman Horner, continues to operate the Gumbuster Gumcart in downtown Canton during the summer and early fall. Using a solution that is entirely safe for the environment, this machine devours gum and keeps the sidewalks in the central city clean. Sidewalks Over 2,650 feet of new streetscape sidewalks were added this year, which included brick inlays, trees and ornamental light posts. North/South Plaza The SID adopted the North and South Plaza areas again this year to ensure that the areas were maintained for the enjoyment of everyone.

1. B-Loco 2. Canton Police Patrolmen’s Association 3. Cork and Canvas

Arts &Activities

Arts Explosion The SID continues to partner with ArtsinStark in the ongoing development of arts initiatives in our downtown. This partnership includes collaborating on First Fridays, marketing and funding. A new pocket guide to the Arts District was also introduced. Canton Art Walks This summer ArtsinStark and the Special Improvement District held three new events in the Canton Arts District. The new Canton Art Walks in May, July, and September brought guests downtown to enjoy our galleries, restaurants, and shops. The evenings were free and allowed guests to enjoy downtown without the hectic crowds of First Friday. With jazz music in the air, new art to enjoy and fine food to savor, downtown Canton was filled with people ready to spend some money! Galleries and shops saw very good sales and are looking forward to 2014. First Friday The success of First Friday is evident by the consistent number of people who attend this celebration of the arts, food and entertainment. 2013 marked First Friday’s sixth year. This unique downtown Canton tradition is the result of a partnership with ArtsinStark, and continues to grow each year. 4th Street Concert Series This popular, free concert series, held under the lights of 4th Street in the heart of the Canton Arts District, had something for everyone this season. With tunes from local favorites like Ryan Humbert and Hey Monea!, as well as Hard Day’s Night, one of the finest Beatles tribute bands around, 4th Street was transformed and energized with this series.

Food & Fun Community Garden Who doesn’t enjoy fresh tomatoes, beans, peppers, cucumbers, squash, and strawberries straight from the garden? In its’ 4th year, the Downtown Canton/Summit Neighborhood Community Garden continues to thrive and produce hundreds of pounds of fruits and vegetables each season. This year it saw the addition of new gardeners and our gardencoordinator,ProjectREBUILD,builtfournewraisedbedsbringingthe total to 79 boxes. Other improvements include a new garden shed for tools and mulch covering common areas thanks to a grant received from the Foundation for Community Betterment to Project REBUILD. Once again, the dedication of the local gardeners made the space bright and cheerful and a welcome place for all that visited. Restaurant & Arts District Guide The two guides that list downtown eateries and arts organizations have been reformatted to pocket guides and were distributed around Canton and in tourist welcome centers. The guides provide a quick listing of where to go and what to do downtown. Farmers’ Market The Canton Farmers’ Market had a spectacular season in its 10th year! The momentum comes from the broad base of conscientious and caring farmers and producers, chefs, artists and most importantly, the area residents who shop the market. The market not only offers fresh produce, delicious baked goods, organic meats and cheeses, beautiful flowers, plants and herbs, but we also offer a great lineup of music, arts and more for our customers to enjoy. This year was the largest market season yet, with the number of weekly vendors growing to 30 from June 22 through Oct. 19. New vendors including organic health products, an increased number of artists and more came out for the market, and big plans are underway for next year’s season. Downtown Deals This promotion, funded by the SID, invited patrons to enjoy downtown restaurants at a discount each Wednesday evening in February and March, and in October and November. The SID continues to support downtown restaurants’ success by coordinating meetings as needed to capture new marketing ideas.

4. DCLB Corp. 5. Deli Ohio 6. Erinn Laine Primitive Candles/Feather Your Nest

Destination Downtown Annual Festivals TASTE OF CANTON This incredible, two-day spring food festival serves up local flavor and fare with a side of entertainment! Stark County food enthusiasts enjoyed a true taste of Canton, with more than two dozen local restaurants serving up sample plate specialties. BLUES FESTIVAL The rhythm and blues rolled back into downtown Canton this June for the Blues Fest. The 12th installment of the free, two-day affair boasted major music with incredible headliners Malina Moye and Shane Dwight, and music all day from noon to 10:30 p.m. Almost 15,000 people came down for sensational tunes at the best blues festival north of Memphis! VINTAGE CANTON Vintage Canton is a sophisticated downtown gathering, offering distinctive center city charm alongside live music, vibrant art exhibits and, of course, quality local wine and wine from around the world. The event gave almost 2,000 guests the chance to relax and unwind while enjoying wine from local wineries, delicacies from downtown and greater Canton eateries and memorable live music. This year Vintage Canton continued to bring the very best wines and offered quality micro-brews in the Beer Garden. LIGHT UP DOWNTOWN Light Up Downtown, the magical, musical, holiday jamboree and ELFstravaganza in downtown Canton will delight the whole family again this December. During Light Up, 16 city blocks come alive with attractions, entertainment, refreshments and fun for children of all ages. This year’s Light Up will again feature Christopher Pop-In-Kins in a very special musical main stage show that will light up the skies and light up your spirits with community musical acts, fantastic fireworks and a visit from Santa.

7. Ferruccio Law Firm 8. George’s Lounge 9. Grapes in a Glass

Blues Photo: by William Green Light Up Photo: by Michael Barath

Business & Plans SID Master Plan The SID Master Plan Committee accomplished a very important task in 2013. It completed a concise and thoughtful update to our 2003 Downtown Master Plan. We credit czb Consulting for their insightful plan. Thanks to the many people who gave their time and opinions to help us better understand our downtown’s assets and challenges. The new updated master plan will be used as a road map to guide our city to the next level of revitalization. Downtown Living The Master Plan – Downtown Living Subcommittee has focused on developing a strategy to create living space in our center city. The committee specifically proposed that the Downtown Canton Land Bank become the inaugural leader in providing new, market rate housing in our center city. In 2013, the land bank completed a $1,000,000 project to renovate a building at 400 McKinley Ave. N.W. Commercial space was created on the first floor, and six new market rate apartments were developed on the second floor. The building is 100% leased. The subcommittee is looking forward to the next downtown living project. It is presently gauging demand for housing with local companies and matching this need with present of future supply of units. Economic Development Downtown Canton enjoyed another year of economic activity. New businesses to our downtown included: Deli Ohio, Grapes in a Glass, Journey Studio, Cork & Canvas, B-Loco, Frankenstein Records and CTL Engineering.

10. Journey Art Gallery 11. Palace Theatre 12. Tab Construction

Administration Downtown Contacts An e-mail listing of downtown contacts is maintained to ensure that our businesses and offices are informed about events and other happenings in our center city. Space Inventory An updated space inventory is maintained online at www.downtown The listing provides information on downtown buildings, including square footage, space availability, pricing, and contact information. The SID also calculates occupancy rates for our Class A, B and C buildings.

In Memoriam We thank Robert King for his service to the SID as a board member and volunteer. We will miss his leadership, enthusiasm, and good works in downtown Canton.

Board of Directors

David T. Beule Chairman Robert King Vice Chairman Rodney W. Meadows Treasurer Jon H. Jacob Secretary Ronald D. Becker Steve Coon Robert J. Hankins Mayor William J. Healy II Michael E. King Dennis P. Saunier Thomas W. Schervish II Chris Smith

Staff Michael P. Gill President Erin Thompson Event Manager Annette Rosenberger Office Manager

Canton Development Partnership

222 Market Ave. N, Canton, Ohio 44702 330.456.0468

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