Kent State students help Garrettsville imagine the future

KENT, Ohio - It's been four months since fire swept through an entire downtown block of Garrettsville, damaging 13 businesses in the Portage County community.

Rebuilding will take time.  But 12 graduate architecture students from Kent State University hope they can help.

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The students designed eleven different projects that reimagine Garrettsville and show the potential it has for revitalization.

"We want to contribute to the dialogue," Professor Adil Sharag-Eldin said.

One project is a model of new buildings and walkways, and includes a roundabout to slow speeding traffic.

It's kind of revitalizing it," said Katelyn Rossier, who created one of the projects. "Not just giving them what they had. Trying to show them the potential that they have and how they can have the same thing but in a different way."

The students displayed their projects at Village Hall Friday evening.

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