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« Reply #150 on: May 02, 2007, 05:22:24 PM »
From the 5/2/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Planners OK change to business zoning
Commission members expressed concern for property owners near the project.

By JEANNE STARMACK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER


AUSTINTOWN — A retail developer is a step closer to approval of a zone change for a project near Meridian Road and Mahoning Avenue.

Ten properties on Lexington Place, a residentially zoned side street off Mahoning behind the BP service station at the corner of Meridian and Mahoning, are up for the rezoning to B-2, or business.

The Mahoning County Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend the change, and now the issue moves to the township zoning commission.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/337084081894175.php

From the 5/2/07 Salem News:


Salem council supports housing project
By LARRY SHIELDS
Salem News staff writer


SALEM — The city gave its support to a $7 million, 48-unit low-income housing project on Tuesday.

The city was asked for a resolution of support so the Cleveland-based Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) could acquire state assistance and held a first reading on it.

Christy Scott, development assistant project manager, said the company uses the Energy Star program under which qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water-heating delivery.

http://www.salemnews.net/news/articles.asp?articleID=5875

Schools begin transition
Warren Tribune Chronicle, 5/2/07

Although only one of the four new K-8 buildings will be open next school year, district officials say they plan to switch to the new system all at once rather than wait for each new building to open.

‘‘We prefer that everyone go through this disruption only once,’’ Superintendent Kathryn Hellweg said.
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« Reply #151 on: May 10, 2007, 05:42:44 PM »
From the 5/9/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Plans for Wal-Mart in Liberty proceed
Demolition of 314,000 square feet of the Liberty Plaza will occur in July or August.

By ED RUNYAN
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF


WARREN — If there's any doubt about whether Wal-Mart is coming to Liberty, the engineering company working on the project for Wal-Mart dispelled that Tuesday.

Justin D. Dietz, project manager for KS Associates of Elyria, revealed during a meeting with the Trumbull County Planning Commission that the Supercenter going into the Liberty Plaza is expected to open during the third quarter of 2008.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/288843175332162.php

From the 5/10/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Springfield backs $6M seniors complex

NEW SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Township trustees unanimously voted Wednesday to support a $6 million, 72-unit senior citizen apartment complex to be built off Western Reserve Road.

Daniel Terlecki, president of Bethel Development Inc., Dublin, Ohio, outlined plans for Wexford Village Apartments, which would be limited to those 55 and older.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/320367293098732.php

South Range voters narrowly approve levy
Salem News, 5/9/07

Residents of the South Range school district narrowly approved a place a 7.9 mill levy issue in Tuesday’s election, which will provide funds for the construction of a new K-12 school on board-owned property along state Route 46 and Green Beaver Road.

The levy was passed by a total vote of 1,082 to 1,045, with 50.87 percent voting for the levy and 49.13 percent voting against it, according to incomplete results from the Mahoning County Board of Elections Web site.


Board of Education ready to move forward with building plan
East Liverpool Review, 5/9/07

At the East Liverpool Board of Education’s special meeting to discuss building plans Tuesday evening, there was consensus on one thing — it’s time to move forward.

“We can’t keep playing Russian roulette with the schools and with our taxpayer dollars,” said School Board president Denise Taylor.

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« Reply #152 on: May 11, 2007, 05:16:44 PM »
From the 5/11/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Demand for smaller homes strong in Valley
Demand for higher-priced homes in Trumbull County remains slow.

By DON SHILLING
VINDICATOR BUSINESS EDITOR


Home sale prices in Trumbull County dropped 16 percent last month, with other area counties experiencing a smaller decline.

The average selling price for Trumbull County homes in April was $85,270, which was 16 percent below the average price of $102,026 in April 2006.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/288858391528938.php

From same:


Average number of selling days for homes that closed in April in the Mahoning...

Average number of selling days for homes that closed in April in the Mahoning Valley:

Mahoning County: 129, up from 111 in April 2006
Trumbull County: 116, up from 112
Columbiana County: 95, down from 96


http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/321268897126771.php

School board approves building plan
East Liverpool Review, 5/10/07

At Thursday’s Board of the Education meeting, the members unanimously voted to approve the “Option 5” building plan for the Ohio School Facilities Commission Building Project.

The plan, which develops North and LaCroft elementaries for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, develops the high school for grades 7-12 and Career Tech and retains the main portion of Westgate, is budgeted at a local share of $5,287,906 and a state share of $35,388,294. The building plan is designed to accommodate projected enrollment for the 2009-10 school year, with completion scheduled for January 2010.
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« Reply #153 on: May 14, 2007, 05:01:58 PM »
From the 5/14/07 Warren Tribune Chronicle:


Girard pushes to develop lake area
By JENNIFER KOVACS Tribune Chronicle

GIRARD — The possibilities are endless, but it’s going to cost someone plenty to develop the area surrounding the Upper Girard Lake.

This month, a study was submitted to the city by Thomas Fok and Associates Inc. that breaks down the actual costs associated with extending water and sanitary sewer lines to the nearly 900 acres of land there.

Tonight, Councilman Thom-as Seidler is going to ask his fellow council members to authorize the administration to seek grants to help cover the estimated $4.6 million it will take to get it done.


http://tribune-chronicle.com/articles.asp?articleID=18059

Still looking for funding
East Liverpool Review, 5/14/07

The source of funding for the proposed development of a downtown “university district” has not yet been determined according to E.G.&G. Inc., the landscape architects, planners and engineers who helped design the project.

E.G.&G. President John Grossmann said Kent State University has funded the master planning document which incorporates improvements within a 10-block radius downtown from Fifth Street to state Route 30.


Other projects outpointed housing proposal
Salem News, 5/14/07

The proposed Salem Townhouse project for Beechwood Road may get another look during the 2008 funding cycle.

Christy Scott, a spokesperson for the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) in Cleveland, the company spearheading the $7 million development, said “preliminary feedback” from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency forced a decision to not move forward but that was “not to say we won’t go forward...this was just for the 2007 funding round.”
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« Reply #154 on: May 15, 2007, 05:21:12 PM »
Both from the 5/15/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Youngstown council mulls building purchase

YOUNGSTOWN — A Fifth Avenue apartment building will likely meet the same fate as three neighboring properties to the north that were demolished last month.

City council will consider legislation Wednesday that would authorize the city to buy an apartment building at 204 Fifth Ave. between Wood Street and Rayen Avenue. The property is just south of three homes demolished in April.


http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/306930204893807.php

Girard council OKs hiring of company to find grants
The city got a favorable decision in its fight against a landfill.

By TIM YOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF


GIRARD — City council is looking for government money to finance sanitary sewer and waterlines for the residential development around Upper Girard Lake.

Lawmakers voted Monday night to give the administration authority to contract with a company to find and apply for grants to pay for the lines.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/306930204805246.php
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« Reply #155 on: May 18, 2007, 12:07:53 AM »
From the 5/17/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Bids are opened for downtown bridge
The bridge rehabilitation is 90 percent federally funded.


YOUNGSTOWN — Two companies came within $31,000 of each other and within $48,000 of the Mahoning County engineer's estimate when their bids were opened for the rehabilitation of the Spring Common Bridge.

That bridge spans the Mahoning River at the west end of the city's downtown, linking Fifth Avenue and West Federal Street with Mahoning Avenue.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/307867210295986.php

From same:


YWCA seeks tax credit for housing units

YOUNGSTOWN — The YWCA plans to install 30 low-income housing units in the top floors of its Rayen Avenue building.

But the agency still has a few hurdles to clear before the $4.5 million project is feasible, said its executive director, Constance Shaffer.

The YWCA is seeking a federal tax credit to finance the housing effort. Phase 2 of the application process will require the organization to seek city council support. Local representatives will begin reviewing plans Wednesday.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/326832053212874.php

New South Side library will be 'beacon of light'
Youngstown Vindicator, 5/17/07

The new South Library will serve as a "beacon of light" in both function and form, said library officials as they released the project's architectural plans today.

The $4.6-million renovation project at a former Giant Eagle and Phar-Mor store at the corner of Market Street and Midlothian Boulevard will begin this fall.


Residents express concerns about development in Campbell
Youngstown Vindicator, 5/17/07

The clearing of trees on eight acres at the southeast corner of U.S. Route 422 and Sycamore Drive has residents there wondering how it will effect their properties and nearby Roosevelt Park.

"I realize development is important to the city, but so are its residents," said Diane DeLuco of Sycamore Drive, who presented a list of concerns about the project to members of city council during its meeting Wednesday.
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« Reply #156 on: May 22, 2007, 05:42:17 PM »
From the 5/22/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Group pursuing Mosquito lodge, waterpark
The city got a state grant to replace playground equipment at Willow Park.

By TIM YOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF


CORTLAND — Supporters don't yet know whether it would be legal to build a lodge and water park on Mosquito Lake, but they want money to continue the effort.

Mayor Curt Moll told city council Monday night that he will ask council to approve giving $5,000 in city funds to pay part of the cost.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/288942609054693.php

From same:


Resident questions legality of Route 422 rezoning
A Sycamore resident says property owners were not notified of the rezoning.

By WILLIAM K. ALCORN
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER


CAMPBELL — A Sycamore Drive resident is demanding that the city produce records of a public hearing for the rezoning of property on the south side of U.S. Route 422 between Sycamore and Struthers-Liberty Road.

The property is owned by Campbell businessman Mike Kerpelis, who Mayor John Dill says plans to spend $5 million to develop it.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/288942619239208.php

Committee, Chamber working toward goal to refurbish downtown Columbiana
Salem News, 5/22/07

They're almost halfway there, as slowly but surely members of the Columbiana Renovation, Restoration and Beautification Committee and the Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce work toward their goal of raising $75,000 to refurbish the downtown square.

"The chamber of commerce is really committed to this project," Committee Chair Roberta Myers explained, "and the committee and all the sub-committees are working diligently. These are people with generous hearts who really care about our community."
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« Reply #157 on: May 24, 2007, 05:25:26 PM »
From the 5/24/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Projects seeking funds
County commissioners did not contribute money to the feasibility study.

By ED RUNYAN
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF


WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners will be asked to contribute $15,000 to the next phase of the proposed Mosquito Lake lodge and water park.

Alan Knapp, director of the county planning commission, said he has met with William Letson of Trumbull 100, a community group that works to revitalize Trumbull County's economy, and other proponents of the idea. They have identified several sources they hope will contribute money toward the next $50,000 phase.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/333329785561487.php

Industry has eye on city
Youngstown Vindicator, 5/24/07

A national company is considering moving its Mogadore and Cleveland operations to the Tri-County Sports indoor soccer complex off Poland Avenue.

Mayor Daniel Mamula said at Wednesday's council meeting that city officials have been meeting with Alex Simon, owner of Simon Roofing and Sheet Metal and the Tri-County Sports complex, since last fall to discuss the company's plans to relocate in the city.

North Elementary construction
Lisbon Morning Journal, 5/23/07

Construction work is under way at North Elementary School in East Liverpool.

Work is in full swing on the new gymnasium section at the school.

The work is being done by general contractor Vend Rick and the building plan calls for a finish date in January 2008.

Board opts to split school site
Warren Tribune Chronicle, 5/23/07

A split decision to split the athletic, transportation and educational components of the new Southington school complex upset some in attendance at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.

Residents spoke against moving the school, which has been in the township center for generations. Others groaned or even began crying when the vote was made.
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« Reply #158 on: May 29, 2007, 12:44:55 AM »
From the 2/21/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Group drops building project
Another downtown redevelopment proposal is making progress.

By DAVID SKOLNICK
CITY HALL REPORTER


YOUNGSTOWN — An organization wanting to transform a vacant downtown building into a sports museum and bar withdrew its proposal after striking out on raising enough money for the venture.

The Youngstown Arts and Entertainment District Association wanted to buy and renovate the former Kress Building on West Federal Street between Phelps and Hazel streets. The building is owned by the Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp., a downtown property redevelopment agency...

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http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/325804167043861.php
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« Reply #159 on: May 31, 2007, 09:58:28 PM »
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Because I feel sorry for them.  They get no forum love.  I'm not going to sticky this thread, though.  That would just be crazy.

A few reasons you don't get any love from us in Youngstown? This site talks about the Big C's for the most part; and suburbs around there.
You guys have not contacted the plethora of Youngstown area blogs; do it!

If you do that; maybe you will see an increase in Youngstown members!
www.defendyoungstown.com has a full list of Youngstown blogs!

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« Reply #160 on: June 01, 2007, 12:37:12 PM »
hope its better than the lou holtz one!

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« Reply #161 on: June 01, 2007, 05:45:15 PM »
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Because I feel sorry for them.  They get no forum love.  I'm not going to sticky this thread, though.  That would just be crazy.

A few reasons you don't get any love from us in Youngstown? This site talks about the Big C's for the most part; and suburbs around there.
You guys have not contacted the plethora of Youngstown area blogs; do it!

If you do that; maybe you will see an increase in Youngstown members!
www.defendyoungstown.com has a full list of Youngstown blogs!

I post a TON of stuff about Youngstown and Warren.  And you know what?  Nobody reads or posts in those threads.  It's basically just me posting to myself.

Forums work better when people besides a select few start threads, including people in the Mahoning Valley.  More forumers mean more content, period.

However, I'm far too busy to go cruising through this multitude of Youngstown blogs.  But you know about them, and you know about Urban Ohio.  So my question is: What are YOU doing to bring Youngstown forumers over here?
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« Reply #162 on: June 04, 2007, 05:25:54 PM »
From the 6/4/07 Warren Tribune Chronicle:


Church group asking state’s help for senior housing
By AMANDA SMITH-TEUTSCH Tribune Chronicle

NILES — There are more than two dozen names on a waiting list for living space in Niles Central Park apartments.

‘‘There is definitely a need for more low- to moderate-income housing for seniors,’’ said Shelby Conn, manager of the senior apartment building.

One new resident has moved into the building in the last year, Conn said. ‘‘People don’t leave us very often.’’


http://tribune-chronicle.com/articles.asp?articleID=18885

Zone change approved, Walgreens to be built
Youngstown Vindicator, 5/30/07

A zone change for a Walgreens near Meridian Road was approved Tuesday by township trustees.

Visconsi Companies, a retail real estate developer from Pepper Pike, negotiated a deal to buy lots from 10 property owners on the east side of Lexington Place, which is a side street off Mahoning Avenue behind the BP gas station on the corner of Meridian and Mahoning.

New administration building to be built in township park
Youngstown Vindicator, 5/30/07

Trustees have proceeded with plans for the new township administration building at the new township park on Herbert Road.

Trustees voted on Tuesday to sign a contract for design work on the new building with architect Thomas Keller.
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« Reply #163 on: June 04, 2007, 05:40:08 PM »
From the 2/21/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Council discusses WRAP
WRAP supporters will be given more time to answer a councilman's questions.

By AMANDA GARRETT
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF


WARREN — One city council member called for an independent investigation of the Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corp., while other council members said the agency's services are vital to the city.

Those were some of the comments during a special council meeting Tuesday to discuss the future of WRAP.

The meeting had been called by Council President Robert Marchese to allow Community Development Director Michael Keys and WRAP Executive Director Anthony Iannucci an opportunity to answer 71 questions that Councilman Robert L. Dean Jr., D-at large, had submitted to them.

Dean said most of the questions came from concerned citizens and surrounded the status of economic development in Warren — especially in the downtown area — and WRAP's role in revitalization efforts.

Dean also planned to introduce an ordinance Feb. 14 that would reappropriate the $51,250 set aside for WRAP and its economic development assistance to a contingency fund in the Community Development Department. The Feb. 14 meeting was canceled because of a snowstorm.


http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/307027995278422.php
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« Reply #164 on: June 04, 2007, 05:41:54 PM »
From the 3/29/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Warren will continue to contract with WRAP
A councilman said an independent investigation would clear up lingering questions.

BY AMANDA GARRETT
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF


WARREN — Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corp. will continue to be contracted by the city after a councilman withdrew legislation Wednesday that would have removed its funding.

Councilman Robert L. Dean Jr., D-at-large, introduced an ordinance Feb. 28 that would reappropriate the $51,250 set aside for WRAP and its economic development assistance to a contingency fund in the Community Development Department.

Dean asked Community Development Director Michael Keys and WRAP Executive Director Anthony Iannucci to provide written answers to a list of 71 questions he had submitted to them regarding the status of economic development in Warren and WRAP's role in revitalization efforts.



http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/323833975185380.php
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« Reply #165 on: June 04, 2007, 05:43:20 PM »
From the 4/10/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Warren council to vote on incentives package
Incentives would reward businesses for upgrading vacant buildings.

BY AMANDA GARRETT
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF


WARREN — City council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a business incentives package that one councilman said will be the first step in revitalizing Warren's downtown.

Robert Holmes, D-4th, chairman of council's downtown revitalization committee, sponsored legislation along with six other council members that he believes will help attract and maintain businesses downtown.

"The downtown has looked the same way for the past 30 years," Holmes said. "We've got to be able to have a package that we can show to potential businesses and say, 'Here's what we can do for you.'"

Members of Warren GROWs (Grassroots Revitalization of Warren) and the Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corporation presented council members with the package of reimbursements, tax credits and discounts in November.

The incentives are property tax reimbursements, a tax credit based on profits, discounts for building permits and discounts for sewer and water tap-ins.



http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/292569642964698.php
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« Reply #166 on: June 07, 2007, 12:13:59 AM »
From the 6/6/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Mill Creek's Cinderella Bridge getting a face-lift
Work on the $524,000 project begins Monday and continues through September.


YOUNGSTOWN — One of the best-known symbols of Mill Creek Park is getting a fresh look.

The Suspension Bridge, also called the Silver Bridge, Cinderella Bridge or Fairy Tale Bridge, will be rehabilitated to restore its beauty and structural integrity.

The project starts Monday and will continue through September.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/317200071531728.php

School officials break ground at elementary school
East Liverpool Review, 6/6/07

School officials and project contractors held a ground-breaking ceremony at North Elementary School’s construction site on Tuesday to officially celebrate the building project getting underway.

“It’s awesome; we’re totally excited about it,” said principal Andy Trotter. “We’re going to move out of what used to be to what can be.”
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« Reply #167 on: June 15, 2007, 05:34:30 PM »
From the 6/15/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Judge stays renovations; JFS in limbo
The Oakhill project depends on when the lawsuit ends, a building official says.

By PETER H. MILLIKEN
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER


YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Building Commission chairman and the county's architect say it's unlikely the county Department of Job and Family Services will move into its permanent offices at Oakhill Renaissance Place until June 2008.

Atty. David Comstock Sr., commission chairman, and Tracie Kaglic, the architect coordinating renovations for JFS' permanent offices at Oakhill, gave that assessment after Thursday's building commission meeting.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/321400846197574.php

Judge doesn’t stop site work
Warren Tribune Chronicle, 6/14/07

Construction of the Willard Avenue K-8 School construction site will continue despite an effort by the former general trades contractor to void two contracts the Warren City School District signed since firing the company last month.

Hively Construction Company Inc. of Canfield filed a request Tuesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for a temporary restraining order. The company claimed the school district illegally bypassed competitive bid laws by awarding contracts to Miller-Yount Paving Inc. and Lencyk Masonry Co. Inc. after Hively’s contract was terminated.

Wetlands boardwalk coming
Warren Tribune Chronicle, 6/13/07

If all goes as planned, area residents this fall will be able to view a Howland wetlands preserve from a boardwalk erected in its midst.

Some 750 feet of boardwalk is to be installed at the Mosquito Creek preserve, which is 100 acres of land the county purchased for $150,000.

Route 170 construction to continue
East Liverpool Review, 6/13/07

Construction updates were presented to St. Clair Township Trustees by Chairman Jim Hall Tuesday at their regular meeting.

The following list of updates were provided in regard to construction projects on state Route 170, and Calcutta-Smith Ferry and Sprucevale roads.

Middle school going up fast
Warren Tribune Chronicle, 6/11/07

They built it faster and cheaper than expected, and when it’s up and running, the new Austintown Middle School will cost less to heat and power than many other school buildings in the area, school officials say.

The building, on pace to cost $24.5 million, according to school board President Michael Creatore, will cost $1 million less than anticipated.

Dam has no effect on floods
Warren Tribune Chronicle, 6/8/07

Concerns voiced for years were put to rest Thursday night as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assured city officials that removing the Lower Girard Lake Dam would have no real impact on downstream flooding.

‘‘In a nutshell, that’s what we concluded. There’s really no difference,’’ project manager Kathy Anderson said.
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« Reply #168 on: June 22, 2007, 12:15:53 AM »
From the 6/21/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Funds OK'd for JFS move
Most of the county money spent on the move will be repaid within five years.

By ED RUNYAN
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER


YOUNGSTOWN — After several months of planning and coordination, Mahoning County commissioners Wednesday approved spending about $500,000 to move the county's Department of Job and Family Services and Child Support Enforcement Agency into temporary quarters at Oakhill Renaissance Place.

Commissioner Anthony Traficanti took an opportunity at the meeting, which was called to approve the contracts, to express his frustration with the roadblocks that have stalled the move into Oakhill.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/324202641078547.php

From same:


Hospital wants help with funds
Work on a new long-term care facility in Boardman should begin this year.

By WILLIAM K. ALCORN
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER


BOARDMAN — Mahoning Valley Hospital, an area long-term, acute care facility, is seeking help from Mahoning County commissioners in obtaining $9.5 million in tax-exempt, low-interest bonds to build a new hospital on South Avenue.

A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. today in the commissioners' conference room in the basement of the county courthouse.
http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/324202641875596.php

Schools project downsized
Warren Tribune Chronicle, 6/21/07

The fears west side parents expressed last year may be coming true: The Ohio School Facilities Commission decided plans for new schools be scaled back because Warren’s enrollment is declining.

Board member Linda Metzendorf said options include building smaller versions of the two planned schools, building only one larger school or renovating the former Warren Western Reserve.

Royal Mall to get rehabilitation
Warren Tribune Chronicle, 6/21/07

The state housing financing agency Wednesday approved $350,000 to be used toward the purchase and rehabilitation of the troubled Royal Mall Apartments.

The award moves the prospective owners one step closer to investing $16 million to improve the buildings.

Tours give sneak peek into future
Youngstown Vindicator, 6/19/07

It's a little imposing, but in a cool kind of way.

Maybe a little scary, too, but a fun kind of scary to think about.

Donyce Johnson, who will be going into seventh-grade in the fall, is "a little nervous" about coming to the new Austintown Middle School on Raccoon Road.

Youngstown Vindicator: FAST FACTS | New middle school (6/19/07)

Plan may speed South Range construction
Salem News, 6/19/07

It’s not certain, but school officials are hopeful that changes in state funding will mean their new K-12 school construction project can be completed all in one phase.

Superintendent Dennis Dunham told the board of education at their meeting Monday that he and Treasurer Jim Phillips met with the Ohio School Facilities Commission last week to discuss the tobacco securitization plan currently being considered by the state legislature.


Girard plans for school
Warren Tribune Chronicle, 6/17/07

Now that property for a new junior/senior high school has been purchased, the district is asking for the public’s input on what they would like to see there.

And that could include just about anything, said schools Superintendent Joseph Jeswald.
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« Reply #169 on: June 26, 2007, 11:09:51 PM »
From the 6/26/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


The yo-yo factor comes into play in Valley home sales and prices
Statewide, both home sales and average selling prices were down for the month.

By DON SHILLING
VINDICATOR BUSINESS EDITOR


Home sales in Trumbull County are up, but prices are down.

In Mahoning County, the opposite is true.

The average selling price for homes in Trumbull County in May was $87,428, down 9 percent from the same month last year.

Trumbull County lost nearly 5,000 jobs last year when General Motors and Delphi Packard Electric offered buyouts and early retirement incentives to their workers. Home sale prices have been down each month this year.


http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/326534809906426.php

Courthouse renovations near completion
Youngstown Vindicator, 6/24/07

Renovations to the Columbiana County courthouse are coming to an end, although it might not look that way.

The two Common Pleas courtrooms on the second floor are still full of wood as workers complete the trim.


New school design is under way
Youngstown Vindicator, 6/22/07

The schematic design phase for a new Jackson-Milton High School/Middle School has been submitted and a second, more detailed design portion is under way.

Superintendent Buck Palmer said at Thursday's board of education meeting that the schematic needs the approval of the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
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« Reply #170 on: June 27, 2007, 11:23:35 PM »
From the 6/27/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Developer to withdraw, resubmit annex request
There would be 50 single-family homes on the land, the developer said.

By JEANNE STARMACK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER


CANFIELD — A hearing on whether the city will be able to annex 18 acres from the township is likely moot.

Would-be developer Sebastian Rucci, who plans to subdivide the property owned by his father, Victor Rucci, said after the hearing Tuesday before county commissioners in township hall that he plans to withdraw his annexation petition. He will resubmit it after addressing a boundary issue, he said.

The acreage, at 6445 state Route 446, is mostly fallow farmland with a residence on it. Just south of the city, it is near the Mill Creek MetroParks experimental farm and state Route 466 and U.S. Route 62.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/327014626053863.php

11 proposals for new school offered in Columbiana
Lisbon Morning Journal, 6/27/07

Schools Superintendent Ron Iarussi has received 11 architect proposals for the proposed K-8 school building that would be placed near the high school.

Now Iarussi and Treasurer Lori Posey will be assessing the proposals from the companies and narrowing their number down to three or four. The Board of Education will interview those architects in public meetings.
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« Reply #171 on: July 11, 2007, 11:15:55 PM »
From the 7/11/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Society wants to name bridge after educator
Renaming the bridge would 'keep the McGuffey legacy alive,' a historian says.

By PETER H. MILLIKEN
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER


YOUNGSTOWN — Noted educator William Holmes McGuffey is going to be honored once again.

The designation of a bridge that spans Crab Creek and connects the city's North and East sides as the William Holmes McGuffey Memorial Bridge would be a fitting tribute to the 19th century educator whose readers were standard textbooks in American schools for many decades, according to the president of the historical society that bears McGuffey's name.

"He literally educated millions of illiterate people," said Richard Scarsella, president of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society, whose membership includes 10 McGuffey descendants.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/304321353258362.php

Residents keep heat on board
Warren Tribune Chronicle, 7/10/07

About 100 people gathered in Courthouse Square Monday once again rallying for equality on both sides of the city and urging the Warren Board of Education to keep promises made when the bond issue passed.

All 100 present signed letters addressed to Gov. Ted Strickland, which called for an investigation into the board’s spending of taxpayer dollars, said Darryl Parker, a west-side resident who circulated the letters.

Warren Tribune Chronicle: Soil debate raged for nearly a year (7/8/07)

Council trying to replace old school
Youngstown Vindicator, 7/10/07

After years of discussion, city officials are trying to move closer to replacing the old North Avenue School building with a second facility for senior citizens.

Members of council gave a first reading to legislation that would authorize the service director to enter into a contract with Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority and Dr. Chander Kohli, current property owner, for the demolition of the run-down school building on North Avenue.

Austintown to OK zone change
Youngstown Vindicator, 7/7/07

Township trustees are expected to pass a zoning change this month for about seven houses that are surrounded by business and industrial properties.

The lots, on the west side of Lexington Place off Mahoning Avenue, remained residential while those on the east side were zoned business.
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« Reply #172 on: July 13, 2007, 06:10:04 PM »
From the 7/13/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


County OKs payment for Oakhill
The county auditor says he'll cut the check if the court orders it.

By PETER H. MILLIKEN
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER


YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County commissioners have authorized county Prosecutor Paul Gains to formally agree to pay $75,000 for the county's purchase of Oakhill Renaissance Place — the former Forum Health Southside Medical Center.

In Thursday's resolution, the commissioners responded to a bankruptcy trustee's complaint demanding payment and agreed the purchase price is "a moral obligation of the county," said George Tablack, county administrator. Tablack said he expects U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kay Woods to order that the money be paid for the 353,184-square-foot Oakhill building, at 345 Oak Hill Ave.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/301163588323499.php

Struthers' Depression-era stadium coming down
Youngstown Vindicator, 7/12/07

The east stands of Struthers High School Football Stadium had stood since the Great Depression but started coming down Wednesday.

The demolition is the beginning of Phase I of the stadium renovation project. The board of education awarded contracts totaling $285,603 for the first phase June 26.
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« Reply #173 on: July 16, 2007, 12:05:59 AM »
From the 7/14/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Oakhill payment held up by judge
The county tried 'to make an end run around' the trial court, the landlord says.

By PETER H. MILLIKEN
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER


YOUNGSTOWN — A visiting judge has issued a temporary restraining order barring the Mahoning County commissioners and county Auditor Michael Sciortino from issuing a $75,000 check for the county's purchase of Oakhill Renaissance Place.

Judge Richard M. Markus orally issued the order, which remains in effect for 14 days, during a Friday telephone conference with county Prosecutor Paul Gains; Thomas Anastos, a lawyer representing Ohio Valley Mall Co.; and Atty. John B. Juhasz, who represents Sciortino. Gains confirmed that the judge issued the order in the late afternoon teleconference.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/302096092701414.php

Schools had support across town
Warren Tribune Chronicle, 7/15/07

The Warren City School District’s recent announcement that declining enrollment figures require a change in the construction plan for the remaining K-8 schools has divided the district geographically, with west side residents saying they are getting the short end of the stick.

Over the last month, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held a picket in front of the Board of Education offices and a rally in Courthouse Square, both urging the district to build two new schools on the west side as promised and eliminate the disparity between the east and west sides of town.
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« Reply #174 on: July 19, 2007, 12:51:19 AM »
From the 7/18/07 Youngstown Vindicator:


Both sides confident going into Oakhill trial
The lawsuit trial will be an eye opener, a commissioner says.

By PETER H. MILLIKEN
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER


YOUNGSTOWN — The chairman of the Mahoning County commissioners said he supports having the county take the risk of moving its Department of Job and Family Services to Oakhill Renaissance Place.

Commissioner Anthony Traficanti said he is confident of the merits of the county's defense against a high-stakes taxpayers' lawsuit by the Ohio Valley Mall Co.

Traficanti said the county is still planning to have JFS open for business Monday in temporary quarters at Oakhill — the former Forum Health Southside Medical Center — which the county bought last summer in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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« Reply #175 on: November 29, 2007, 08:41:05 AM »
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Old store to become 'exciting' new library

Thursday, November 22, 2007
The South Library, at 1771 Market St., will remain open while renovations are completed.

By ANGIE SCHMITT

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

YOUNGSTOWN — Construction is under way to transform a former grocery store into a state-of-the-art library at the corner of Market Street and Midlothian Boulevard.

Officials from the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County expect the $3.6 million renovation project to result in one of the most widely used libraries in the system.

The new library will include two meeting rooms, a children's area, a teen area, computers with Internet access, audio-visual materials and a Chapters Cafe. The branch will also be the area's first to include a special area dedicated to early literacy.

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« Reply #176 on: November 29, 2007, 08:47:50 AM »
This isn't a comprehensive list of what's happening on W. Federal.

http://www.vindy.com/content/local_regional/315939114685282.php
City making progress on West Federal Street
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
By DAVID SKOLNICK

CITY HALL REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN — It wasn't that long ago that boarded-up buildings dominated a key section of one of downtown Youngstown's busiest streets.

That area is now the scene of scaffolds, plastic fences and construction sites.

The dilapidated structures lined the south side of West Federal Street from near Vindicator Square to Hazel Street — except for a few notable exceptions such as Home Savings and Loan, the Youngstown Business Incubator, the Downtown Draught House and the First Educator's building.

But in about two years, 13 of those vacant structures are gone.

In their place are the 7th District Court of Appeals, a parking lot ready for future development and a construction site where the 30,000-square-foot Taft Technology Center is being built. The Taft center is set to open no later than March 15.

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Re: Youngstown-Warren: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #177 on: November 29, 2007, 08:49:14 AM »
Is this on the northwest quadrant of the intersection? I'm trying to place this - I know Wyld Stylz (the most kick@ss vintage store on earth) used to be close to that intersection but I don't think their space was a grocery store.

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« Reply #178 on: November 29, 2007, 08:57:40 AM »
^ Yes, it is the location of a former Phar-Mor and Giant Eagle. It sits back from the road.

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« Reply #179 on: November 29, 2007, 08:59:54 AM »
Some older Youngstown news:

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Developer plans residences downtown
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Youngstown can be great again, developer Louis A. Frangos says.

By DAVID SKOLNICK

CITY HALL REPORTER

SOME PEOPLE DON'T SEE much when they look at downtown Youngstown. When Louis A. Frangos looks, he sees opportunity.

Frangos, of Cleveland, has bought some of downtown's most prominent properties in less than a decade; several of them were bought in the past two years.

He's bought so many that he is one of the major nonpublic owners of property in the city's downtown.

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New life for Kress facility?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
An artist wants to turn a clothing store into a
gallery and bistro.

By DAVID SKOLNICK

CITY HALL REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN — A company wants to turn a downtown vacant building into a multipurpose facility.

The Anderson Development Group, which moved from Michigan to Youngstown earlier this year, is seeking to renovate and develop the dilapidated Kress Building on West Federal Street, just east of the 7th District Court of Appeals.

The 45,000-square-foot building is owned by the Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp., a downtown property redevelopment agency. The CIC acknowledges that there is major damage to the building and that it would take a significant investment to repair it.

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