The City of Akron and the Ohio Edison Company are moving forward with the plan to construct a new a transmission control facility in the Mull Avenue/Frank Boulevard area.
At-large councilman Jeff Fusco says this is a win-win for both Ohio Edison and the city with new jobs being created.
"What this will do is create 100 full-time high tech jobs and we're hoping down the road to add another 50," Fusco said.
City Council unanimously passed a resolution authorizing a development agreement paving the way for the construction of the 70,000 square foot facility as well as related improvements to the area.
Councilman Fusco says the move will further develop the Mull/Frank corridor as well as the Ohio Edison campus.
"There's three parcels encompassing that 160 acres and what this will do is pave the way for the entire development of that area," he said.
"There's already been plenty of improvements done over there."
He says the city will be looking at tax increment financing (TIF) down the road to help with the improvements of the project.
The transmission control facility is expected to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Fusco says the workforce development in the area is essential moving forward for both the city and Ohio Edison.
"Over the last several years, there's been a lot of new construction, there's a been lot of new jobs added, there's a low vacancy rate in that area, so that's why there's a lot of investment in that White Pond/Mull Avenue corridor."
The improvements to the new facility are expected to be completed in December of 2014.