Inside Historic Onesto Lofts

After more than 80 years, hotelier Frank Onesto’s vision of the crown jewel of Canton has taken root in another developer’s mind. The Onesto Hotel, a designated Ohio Historic Landmark in downtown Canton, has been reborn as the Historic Onesto Lofts, one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments, and the building has been restored to its former opulence by owner Steve Coon.

After more than 80 years, hotelier Frank Onesto’s vision of the crown jewel of Canton has taken root in another developer’s mind. The Onesto Hotel, a designated Ohio Historic Landmark in downtown Canton, has been reborn as the Historic Onesto Lofts, one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments, and the building has been restored to its former opulence by owner Steve Coon.

The 12-story building features 45 units on the 10 upper floors, 12 of which are fully furnished, extend-stay corporate rentals.

The suites, designed by Sandvick Architects, feature beautiful walnut cabinetry, granite countertops, wood-finish floors, art deco fixtures, stainless steel refrigerators, stoves and dishwashers, en suite washer and dryer, ceiling fans and oversized windows offering incredible views of the center city.

“That’s really it, there are three things to love about these apartments: great views of the city, great views of the city and great views of the city. And the view is as good on the fourth floor as on the twelfth,” said Coon of the apartments, even the smallest of which has seven large windows.

Residents on the upper floors are moving in now, with all units slated for completion by year’s end. The suites range from 822 to 1,125 square feet and rent from $1,070 to $1,390 per month. Each unit includes a secure parking space in the attached parking deck with private entry into the building, and resident-only access to a 3,000-square-foot rooftop terrace and barbecue area.

“That’s really it, there are three things to love about these apartments: great views of the city, great views of the city and great views of the city. And the view is as good on the fourth floor as on the twelfth.”

“I’ve promoted Canton for years. I’ve bought a lot of buildings to restore downtown, but this is about creating a neighborhood. People want to live downtown; they’ve just never had a product to live in. Now we have that product. I think we’re going to inspire other developers to look hard at downtown,” said Coon.

The building’s grand lobby and ballroom—which can hold a 450 capacity crowd!—have been restored, and Coon’s daughter Danielle was wed there in early November. Events already are booking into late 2015.

Plans also are underway for the 8,000-square-foot of retail space that skirts the building, where Coon says he’s hoping to add a high-end steakhouse, and a butcher shop and deli, among other tenants.

This month, Coon will turn his eye to the adjoining Bliss Tower, where he plans to build 66 modern lofts to contrast the art deco lofts in the neighboring Onesto. He has long been an advocate for the need for downtown living to act as a catalyst for more business and retail.

“Look at it this way, we’re bringing 111 families in our downtown core, our historic district. Everyone here will have disposable income, they will support  restaurants and art galleries and specialty shops.”

The total investment in the Onesto required $12.8 million, and Canton City Council voted 12-0 in September to provide a $2 million bridge loan to complete the project.

“The City gets it. Council gets it. It’s the successful cities that get it, and now we can count ourselves in their numbers.”

Coon has proclaimed the Historic Onesto Lofts “the coolest place to live in Northeast Ohio.” He just might be right. 225 2nd St. NW, Canton, 330-875-9417, historiconesto.com

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
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Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
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