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Kent State students propose new designs for Garrettsville after tragic fire

Businesses destroyed by fire in Garrettsville. (Source: WOIO) Businesses destroyed by fire in Garrettsville. (Source: WOIO)
GARRETTSVILLE, OH (WOIO) -

Kent State University architecture students are picturing what Garrettsville, OH should look like now, after a massive fire swept through the historic town last spring.

The tragic fire on March 22 destroyed an entire commercial block and 13 businesses.

Since then, students from Kent State's College of Architecture and Environmental Design started reimagining the village. On Thursday, they put their 11 rebuilding proposals on display for the public to review.

The students presented their proposals to Garrettsville city officials and residents last Friday.

One student proposed a plan for health gardens because open spaces improved the quality of life. 

Tara Knapp is not yet an architect, but as a graduate student, she's already thinking like a professional when she realizes buildings should improve the condition of human life.

"When you become an architect, you must become socially aware and take care of people," said Knapp.

The mayor of Garrettsville was impressed by the proposals, but says a final decision on rebuilding is still months away.

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