Akron City Council approves the sale of land on White Pond Drive to a Florida company, for the construction of a new medical office complex.
City Spokesperson Stephanie York says the move will create jobs within the healh-care field.
"We're hoping to 40 medically-related jobs out of it," she says. "There will be some empty space available so that potentially more jobs can come in."
This is the first sale of the 70 acres, owned by Akron, available for development.
The Jupiter,Florida-based company Rendina LLC has expressed an interest in the former Zazo property. The sale price is based on its appraised value minus the cost of soil remediation.
York says the City hopes this first venture will generate more office development within the new White Pond Office Park.
"We're hoping that this first building will spur more office development to add more job opportunities for people."
Akron has made initatives in the medical field before with the implementation of the Biomedical Corridor and other ventures.
York says this was important for the city's medical footprint.
"I think it shows how the medical field is growing, and it won't just be in the Biomedical Corridor, but their expanding into other parts of Akron that have available land and medical buildings," she said.
"Certainly with the influx of these medical jobs, we will need more places for them to go, so we are excited about this."