The old Bridgestone tech center may become a new hub for the gas and oil industry.
Amerimar Realty owner David Marshall has an open agreement option to either purchase both the main Firestone building and the clubhouse for $5 million or just the clubhouse, which is located across the street from the main offices, for $625,000.
The Plain Dealer reports Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic could sign the one-year option agreement before the weekend.
"What he has in store similar to what he has done in other areas of the country, this will definitely bring to the city," Brad Beckert said, Akron city development engineering manager.
Marshall is banking on attracting tenants and jobs to the buildings if the purchase goes through as planned.
First, Beckert says Marshall wants to convert the clubhouse into a heath and wellness facility and daycare.
"There's no daycares really around there, so even for the Bridgestone employees who have moved into their new tech center, that would be something close," Beckert said.
As for the main building, Marshall's vision is to create offices in the main building for research in the gas and polymers fields. Marshall has an extensive track record in the real estate industry-- from fixing up hotels to offices.
Bridgestone has agreed to cleanup the property to bring it up to EPA standards in preparation of the project.
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