Tony Ly was sitting in an economy class at Ohio State University with a guy sleeping on his one side and a guy reading an ESPN magazine on the other. That’s when Ly realized he really didn’t want to be an accountant.
Bliss Lofts are getting in on the ground floor—as well as with a penthouse view—of Canton’s downtown growth. With Steve Coon’s adjacent Historic Onesto Lofts now operating at nearly full capacity—only one unit was open at this writing—the developer’s Bliss Lofts at 217 Second Street NW is offering a new wave of downtown residents an opportunity to live with a dramatic look out at the central part of a city that is the scene of a burgeoning array of activity.
Coon typically is working on 25 to 30 projects, which are made possible by historical tax credits. He believes downtowns are at the start of a renaissance and seeks to “make downtown cool again” with projects such as the Historic Onesto Lofts. Coon said the lofts should be fully booked by the end of this year.
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.
Secrets? I’ve got a few. As the editor of this magazine, you might imagine that I would be privvy to hearing some of the county’s juiciest secrets. But those are the ones that I can’t print on these pages.
“It is an awesome honor,” said the owner of SOLID Fitness. “I really haven’t been here all that long. This is my fourth full year training, but I’ve only been open since October so this is an awesome honor.”