Local history: Developer built luxury apartments near Grace Park, but they didn’t last

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Inside the tiled walls of Amelia Flats, the cycle of life was in full rotation. Newlywed couples moved in, welcomed babies, raised families, entered middle age, retired from jobs and ultimately died there.The five-story building, which stood on Park Street across from picturesque Grace Park, was one of the city’s earliest apartment houses when it opened in 1901.Houses were nearly impossible to find as laborers flooded Akron for jobs at the city’s bustling rubber factories in the early 20th century. Newcomers had to rent rooms, live in boarding houses or stay at hotels.Businessman Horace B. Camp (1838-1907) saw an opportunity to develop upscale suites in a desirable neighborhood where prominent families such as the Barbers, Buchtels, Bierces,...

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