Feb 07, 2023 12:00 PM
Tony Troppe at BLU-Tique Hotel

Tony Troppe is an experienced Urban PlaceMaker focused on creating synergistic mixed-use environments.    Commencing with the  first  Federally designated Historic District redevelopment of in 1996, Troppe has renovated/owns/manages 20 historic building (over 335k sf of office, residential, mercantile space) that have received National attention and accreditation.  The Dept. of the Interior and State Preservation Office (Ohio) have recognized the preservation and rehabilitation of these properties by creating the Main/Market Historic District.   

Taking vacant, blighted space Troppe and his team have developed and opened numerous restaurants/entertainment venues (BLU Plate,, Mocha Maiden,  Musica, Uncorked Winebar, High Street HopHouse, and el Patron Tequileria).   Musica opened in 2006 and annually averages over 225 shows featuring national, regional and local Indie-Alternative performances.   BLU Jazz opened in 2014 and has celebrated 1600+ performances.  Initiating a residential renaissance (,   Cascade Lofts is a restored Tire Factory that has been repurposed as  24 residential units,  a 150 person Trailhead Event Center Facility and a MicroBrew Restaurant as Lock 15.

In 2022, the BLU-Tique Hotel re-opened as 71 room Marriott Tribute as recognized regional hospitality leader with a most popular restaurant known as 1: Food/Spirits.  BLU Social has emerged as a banquet center for community receptions catering to  corporate, private and  hotel functions.  

Continued interests in special event planning has led to redevelopment of the Temple Israel as the Highland Universal Gatheringspot   a creative arts community collaborate center with 250 seat banquet hall—and  300 seat auditorium.    Artists in residence housing will accommodate 14 studio/lofts for extended stay suites for artistic endeavors and continuing education.  

Adjacent to the Summa Healthcare campus,  Historic District Management continues the process and pattern of saving distressed buildings and re-building with a Mission-based purpose and has recently completed the new home for Akron Pregnancy Services in the 1904 Robinson Mansion

Plans continue for the redevelopment of the distressed St. Paul’s Chapel as aLewis Miller Horticultural Innovation  and Conference Center bringing flexible tech space and sharing new light in the Bio Medical Corridor.