Pro Football Hall of Fame

Market Square abstract structure

One of Canton’s proposed downtown revitalization projects has gone up substantially in cost and in altitude.  

A dozen civic and business leaders came to Canton City Hall to see a new design for Market Square -- a downtown block that many in town still call the Kresge lot for the retail store that was long-ago torn down.

As expected, there was green space and a stage. And then, not so expected, an image of something towering nearly 200-feet above all that, a graceful metal frame repeating the abstract football-shape atop the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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The half-billion-dollar Pro Football Hall of Fame Village project in Canton is supposed to be done in 2019. WKSU’s Tim Rudell says that’s why Canton City Council wrapped up 2016 with tax legislation aimed at supporting the development.

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Arts in Stark has named Emil Alecusan as its new chairman.

Alecusan has worked with the Canton city school board, the city chamber of commerce and is the CFO and vice president of Brewster Cheese.

He has served on the Arts in Stark board for nine years

Arts in Stark President and CEO Robb Hankins says that he is perfect for the chairman position.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has made a multi-million dollar deal with Johnson Controls for naming rights to the Hall of Fame village.

The deal, which according to the Canton Repository is worth more than $100 million, is projected to be the largest ever naming rights deal for this size market.

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Swat teams, K-9 units, and fire fighters are expected to spend some time in the neighborhoods targeted for takeover by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village project—but it will just be for practice.

The “Disneyland of the NFL”—as Hall of Fame President David Baker calls it—is expanding into adjacent residential areas, buying the houses which will be demolished as the project goes forward.