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About The Arcade

Restoring the Past with a Focus on the Future

A Look Back

In November 2019, with the support of dedicated donors, Newark Development Partners (NDP) acquired the then 110-year-old Historic Downtown Newark Arcade. Recognizing its importance in revitalizing Downtown Newark, NDP embarked on a mission to restore this iconic landmark. The Newark Arcade, originally known as the Arcade Mini Mall, was inaugurated on June 7, 1909, becoming one of Ohio's eight glassed-in shopping centers. It was designed by architect Carl E. Howell and constructed by the Arcade Realty Company.


The Arcade boasted a range of businesses, a beautiful fountain, the Arcade Theater, and was rumored to have a speakeasy and poker parties in its early years. Over time, it housed various retail businesses, leaving an indelible mark on the memories of locals. The Arcade's basement held cold storage and a freight elevator, contributing significantly to the city's infrastructure. It was quite the hub of activity!

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A Look Forward

Newark Development Partners is determined to restore the Arcade to its former glory, adding economic vitality and foot traffic to Downtown Newark. The revitalization plan includes a possible permanent home for the winter farmers' market and the restoration of historic features, such as the flagpole, parapet wall, arched window designs, and front window displays. Various tax credits and a state capital improvement grant will support this ambitious project.

The Arcade's future includes 19 market-rate housing units, commercial spaces, and common areas for entertainment. Balconies on both ends will host bands and music, rekindling the vibrant spirit of the past. NDP's commitment, along with tax credits and the generosity of donors who share the vision, ensures that The Arcade will continue to be a vital economic anchor for Downtown Newark.


Join us in preserving and reimagining the Newark Arcade, a cherished piece of Newark's history and a beacon of its future.

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"We are very grateful for those who have invested their time, talent, and treasure to make Newark a model of progress. We appreciate the leadership of our city by Mayor Hall, his administration, and our city council and we are excited about the renovation of the Historic Arcade"

~Daniel DeLawder, Board Chairman

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