Akron City Council is placing a 120-day hold on new student housing developments for the University of Akron while research on off-campus housing is being conducted.
At-large Councilman Jeff Fusco says developers and council members have expressed some concerns about an overabundance of new housing.
"We're concerned about the kind of impact it will have on the downtown neighborhood near the University of Akron," he says.
Fusco says 1,975 new student beds have been added within the last two years.
Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that prevents the city from offering any incentives for development or construction of any student housing facility.
Fusco explains how the city and the University Park Alliance will collaborate over the next couple of months.
"We're asking the Planning Department to move forward with the University of Akron and the University Park Alliance to study this student housing phenomenon," he said.
Councilman Fusco tells AkronNewsNow.com that while the 120-day moratorium is in place, developers can still develop property, but the city will not provide any incentives.
He says the primary goal for the city is to make sound decisions regarding downtown development.
From The University Of Akron
As The University of Akron men's basketball team was making history on the court, Zips fans were making history in the stands as the program saw attendance increases across the board during the 2012-13 season.
In 16 home games this season, men's basketball attendance increased by 10 percent over last season, as well as seeing a crowd increase of 14 percent in Mid-American Conference contests. Student attendance proved to be one of the areas of greatest growth, jumping 28 percent overall from last year.
"The community support we saw this season was tremendous," ninth-year head coach Keith Dambrot said. "We would like to give a special thanks to the students this year as they did a great job coming out in record numbers. It is important to have a strong fan base as we continue to 'Think Bigger' and move forward as a program."
The Zips' average of 3,782 fans per home contest was the second-highest in Rhodes Arena history, trailing only the 1983-84 campaign, UA's first in the JAR. Akron's average attendance was the third-highest mark in the MAC while UA's 4,553 average for league contests was the second-highest in the conference. The Zips' 82.8 percent average capacity in league games was tops in the MAC, over 20 percent higher than the second-best mark (Ohio, 61.9 percent).
Suspended University of Akron point guard Alex Abreu has pleaded not guilty to drug charges before a magistrate this morning.
NewsChannel 5 reports he remains free on a 5000-dollar bond for the incident two weeks ago where an undercover cop arrested him after abreu answered a delivery of a five-pound bag of marijuana.
Abreu has another hearing set for April 3rd before Summit County Judge Mary Rowlands.
Abreu's case comes as the rest of his teammates were blown out in the NCAA tournament last night by VCU.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Akron knew it would be short-handed in the NCAA tournament, playing without suspended point guard Alex Abreu.......
It was bittersweet for University of Akron Men's Basketball coach Keith Dambrot to be matched up with Virginia Commonwealth University Thursday night in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament.
With his former Assistant coach Shaka Smart leading the Rams, the two remain great friends. Dambrot admitted that when he's not coaching his own Zips to victory, he's watching VCU.
So where do his loyalties lie with the big 2nd round game this week?
In a tweet posted by Dambrot's daughter last week , Keith is seen proudly wearing a VCU T-shirt. Alysse does mention the irony, and that he probably won't be wearing this shirt for a while.
Akron and VCU also met each other last season, with the Rams coming away with a win in Overtime.
This time, the matchup is at The Palace of Auburn Hills. While VCU hopes to get out in transition, the Zips look to ride the wave of their defensive powerhouse, shot-blocker Zeke Marshall.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- After making plenty of noise as a low seed in the NCAA tournament each of the last two years, VCU is a No. 5 seed in the South Regional this time and opens Thursday against No. 12 seed Akron.......
There was no doublt in the second half as the University of Akron men's basketball team erased a close first half to cruise past the Ohio University Bobcats 65-46 at Quicken Loans Arena to snag their third MAC Championship and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Let the March Madness begin.
Demetrius Treadwell and Chauncey Gilliam both led the Akron offense with 13 points each; Nick Harney had 11 and Zeke Marshall scored 10 as four Akron players poured in double digits.
Ohio's Reggie Keely paced the Bobcats with 19 but he was the only OU player in double digits.
Akron To Rally Sunday For NCAA Selection Party
(University of Akron) The University of Akron will hold an NCAA Tournament Selection Show Watch Party for its Mid-American Conference champion men's basketball team on Sunday, March 17, starting at 5 p.m. ET at James A. Rhodes Arena. The top-seeded Zips defeated second-seeded Ohio on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Akron's women's basketball team ran out of magic and ran out of gas.......
To end the regular season, Kent State's Golden Flashes handed the University of Akron Zips a rare 2012-13 season loss. Last night at Quicken Loans Arena, the Zips returned the favor but this time it ended KSU's dreams of postseason play.
The University of Akron is looking at ways to close a projected $26.7 million budget gap projected for 2014.
University President Dr. Luis Proenza discussed one of the main factors contributing to the budget shortfall.
"The changing demographics have meant slightly lower enrollment, which has the biggest impact on the budget," he explained.
Dr. Proenza also points to a $14 million loss in federal stimulus funding as a principal reason for the negative outlook.
Dr. Proenza addressed approximatley 200 faculty and staff members Tuesday to go over strategies to combat the shortfall.
UA is exploring options such as boosting the enrollment of "new traditional" students such as adult learners and veterans to find new sources of revenue.
"That means we have a very large cross-section of potential students we have not traditionally served, but we intend to do so now," Proenza said.
The university president also was looking at UA becoming in his words "more entreprenurial" in terms of finding new services to attract potential students to generate additional revenue for the school.
Proenza says these types of issues are not unusual in terms of higher education, but that the university would do what it could to right-size the budget.
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