No. Kent Central Gateway is a new, multimodal transit facility, providing a convenient transfer point for buses – and visitors – in Kent, Portage County, and the surrounding area. At Kent Central Gateway, PARTA riders will be able to park and then easily travel by bus to many destinations in Cleveland, Akron, and beyond. Return to top
Currently, PARTA bus transfers take place on the Kent State University campus, which is hardly ideal for most members of the community and the riding public. The campus transition facility offers no public parking and lacks space to handle the buses that leave for Akron, Cleveland, Stow, Ravenna, and other destinations.
The new facility will be built to handle PARTA riders in a more comfortable and efficient manner. Kent Central Gateway will offer much more than a transit transfer center, including about 350 parking spaces to serve PARTA customers, local workers, and visitors to downtown Kent and Kent State University. In addition, Kent Central Gateway plans are being finalized to include a variety of new retail, entertainment, and other business locations. Return to top
Groundbreaking is planned for late 2010 with an expected completion before the end of 2012. The current bus transfer center at KSU will remain open throughout the construction period. Construction crews and city officials are working to maintain traffic as much as possible during the construction, and downtown parking will probably change very little – until the construction is complete and more than 300 new spaces become available! Return to top
An anticipated 266 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the entire downtown renovation and the related development is expected to create about 700 long-term jobs in the city of Kent. Return to top
Good question. Currently, much downtown parking is free, although it is restricted in many places, and inexpensive permits are sold for business owners and visitors who need daily downtown parking access during business hours. Plans are underway to determine how to best serve the needs of all downtown businesses, visitors, and transportation customers. Stay tuned… Return to top