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« Reply #660 on: July 19, 2018, 04:56:34 PM »
Canfield Mixed Use Development Hopes To "Attract Millenials:"

Canfield (a suburb of Youngstown) is hoping to develop the 111 acres of empty land on the corner of Palmyra Road and US-224. FJA Developers hope to make this a community for all ages that will attract millennials, a group that is increasingly leaving Canfield. The plan is horrible though and will not attract millennials at all. The plan will add 35,000 sq feet of retail space in a 'lifestyle center" along US-224 - in reality, it is just a typical shopping plaza and is surrounded on all sides by parking. 10 acres will be set aside along US-224 for future retail development.

The master plan of the development:


Behind the retail will be several two story four-plex condos that will be "multi-generational." But in reality, they look no different than every other condo development in town. There will be 51 lots for custom homes, a clubhouse, and several walking trails. The town hopes to develop it over the next 5-7 years. Basically, this project brings nothing new to Canfield for millennials. But, this isn't surprising given Canfield's extreme NIMBY culture.

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« Reply #661 on: July 22, 2018, 03:09:09 PM »
@YtownNation
Many historic structures in Youngstown have been lost to the wrecking ball over the years. Here's your chance to save an important one and turn it into some really special for all to enjoy:
https://www.ioby.org/project/welsh-congregational-church-renovation-project
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« Reply #662 on: July 24, 2018, 08:42:47 AM »
Boardman Trustees OK Rezoning for Meijer
July 24, 2018

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The Boardman Township Board of Trustees approved the rezoning of 4.3 acres of land where Meijer Stores Ltd. plans to build a new store, media outlets report.

Representatives of the retail chain, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, attended Monday night’s meeting, during which township trustees approved the zone change.

https://businessjournaldaily.com/boardman-trustees-ok-rezoning-for-meijer/

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« Reply #663 on: July 26, 2018, 11:40:52 PM »
Downtown Loft Apartment:

This isn't necessarily development related, but I found this really impressive modern loft for rent online in Downtown Youngstown in a building that was renovated recently. It's pretty neat to see places like this pop up in Downtown Youngstown! You can see this full listing here.

It is located at 217 West Federal Street in the Davis Building, which was built in 1899. It is located in a central location right between the Youngstown Business Incubator and the entertainment district around Central Square. When it was renovated, the first floor was made into retail space (now a State Farm office), the second floor into office space, and the third floor into a private residence - which is now for rent.

The Davis Building is the center one:


The loft is one bedroom and 1,750 square feet. There is also a beautiful 450 square foot private rooftop deck facing Market Court. It is listed at a pricy $1,950/month - pretty high for a one bedroom unit in Youngstown! That being said, it's a really impressive loft and it's cool to see places like this popping up in Youngstown! I'd sure like to rent it if I had the money....

The rooftop deck:


The interior of the unit:



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« Reply #664 on: July 27, 2018, 08:10:31 AM »
Wow!
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« Reply #665 on: July 27, 2018, 10:33:08 AM »
I know that's only one unit, and of course that asking price puts it in a very niche market.  But it's still good to see, and I'm curious: How many more buildings like this Davis Building does downtown Youngstown have?  And is this near anything of use to someone living there after hours (i.e., not just downtown offices but residential-oriented needs ... grocery, banking, entertainment, etc.)?

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« Reply #666 on: July 27, 2018, 01:22:15 PM »
I know that's only one unit, and of course that asking price puts it in a very niche market.  But it's still good to see, and I'm curious: How many more buildings like this Davis Building does downtown Youngstown have?  And is this near anything of use to someone living there after hours (i.e., not just downtown offices but residential-oriented needs ... grocery, banking, entertainment, etc.)?

There are a lot of apartment buildings Downtown actually. Most are pretty nice and new (and certainly more affordable). In fact, basically all Downtown apartments units seem to be filled up right now.
- Wells Building
- Wick Tower
- Erie Terminal Place
- Realty Tower
- Several new apartment developments in YSU area next to Downtown
- There's also a low income apartment building in Downtown as well as a low income senior apartment building.
Many of the nicer apartments are owned by NYO Property Group, so check out their website.


In terms of your other questions:
- Grocery: We still don't have a grocery store Downtown, but a convenience store (Downtown Circle) as expanded into selling things like fresh produce, meat, and other grocery store items.
- In terms of entertainment, there's a lot of new bars popping up (Whistle & Keg for example). There's also a lot of 'hip' restaurants such as Kitchen Post and Suzies Dogs and Drafts. There's only one coffee shop at the moment, but Boardman's Branch Street Roasters is going to be moving Downtown and making it their flagship location.


Most of Downtown is pretty compact, so everything is within walking distance. The main entertainment area is around the corner of West Federal and North Phelps. The western edge of Downtown is mainly tech-related offices and the eastern edge is mainly corporate offices and a community college campus. Downtown is still pretty dead at night time (except for West Federal sometimes), but it is actually surprisingly vibrant in the day time. I was down there last week and was shocked at how many people were walking around.
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« Reply #667 on: August 16, 2018, 12:47:36 PM »
Big loss to the already struggling Northside....

UPDATE | Northside closing shocks city officials
Published August 15, 2018 at 11:08 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — City officials are shocked by the news today that Steward Health Care will close Northside Regional Medical Center as of Sept. 20.

“It came as a huge surprise, out of the blue,” said city Law Director Jeff Limbian, who received a call this morning from Steward’s attorneys that the hospital is shutting down. “This is difficult news. Every time we think we’re turning it around, we get kicked in the stomach. But Youngstown is strong and we’ll figure something out. The mayor will reach out to them to see if they’ll reverse course and change their minds.”

The closure will result in the loss of 388 jobs.

MORE:
http://www.vindy.com/news/2018/aug/15/reports-northside-regional-medical-center-close/?nw
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« Reply #668 on: August 16, 2018, 01:11:47 PM »
Big loss to the already struggling Northside....

UPDATE | Northside closing shocks city officials
Published August 15, 2018 at 11:08 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — City officials are shocked by the news today that Steward Health Care will close Northside Regional Medical Center as of Sept. 20.

“It came as a huge surprise, out of the blue,” said city Law Director Jeff Limbian, who received a call this morning from Steward’s attorneys that the hospital is shutting down. “This is difficult news. Every time we think we’re turning it around, we get kicked in the stomach. But Youngstown is strong and we’ll figure something out. The mayor will reach out to them to see if they’ll reverse course and change their minds.”

The closure will result in the loss of 388 jobs.

MORE:
http://www.vindy.com/news/2018/aug/15/reports-northside-regional-medical-center-close/?nw
I came into this world here. Sad but not surprising with St. E's not far away.

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« Reply #669 on: August 16, 2018, 01:47:45 PM »
I'm surprised how underserved Youngstown is going to be left in terms of hospitals after this closure.  Mercy is Downtown, with a sizeable branch south in Boardman.  The Surgical Hospital is right around the corner from Mercy's Boardman branch, but looks like a pretty small facility.  Other than that, Youngstown residents will have to go to Warren, Sharon, or even Akron if they need a hospital.

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« Reply #670 on: August 16, 2018, 01:56:00 PM »
St E's (Mercy) is 2 miles from NSH. It is on the north side just north of downtown.

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« Reply #671 on: August 16, 2018, 01:56:57 PM »
I came into this world here. Sad but not surprising with St. E's not far away.

Yep, and further south, the OB/GYN unit at Salem Regional Medical Center (where I was born) closed in May, leaving all of Columbiana County without those services.

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« Reply #672 on: August 16, 2018, 02:04:16 PM »
And it's nearly 400 jobs, the loss of which will also mean the loss of restaurants and retailing jobs in the area too. We saw what the closing of St. Alexis meant to Slavic Village, Huron Hospital to East Cleveland, or St. John to Cudell. Thankfully, Lakewood translated the closing of its hospital into a major redevelopment deal, but there's still a lot more work to do.
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« Reply #673 on: August 16, 2018, 02:10:29 PM »
Indeed. I have family that works there. Retail is already struggling in the that area. It has been migrating further into Trumbull County (Liberty) for decades.

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« Reply #674 on: August 17, 2018, 01:34:08 AM »
I hope it doesn't have too big of an effect on the area around the hospital. The part of the North Side it's in has been improving a lot and has a lot of businesses/restaurants around. It's definitely a shame to see the hospital go.

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« Reply #675 on: August 17, 2018, 09:42:17 AM »
The reported financial impact to COY of this hospital closure will be in excess of $900,000 in City Tax revenue.  This closure will affect all aspects of the city budget. Congressman Bocchieri was interviewed last evening and he plans to begin talks with University Hospital, Southwoods and Cleveland Clinic to see if any of these organizations might bite on a purchase.  Mayor Brown has been dealt another difficult blow. 

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« Reply #676 on: August 31, 2018, 04:56:18 PM »
Some more news on Downtown's main developer's legal trouble....

There are some more indictments in Youngstown related to the misuse of city money (specifically water department money) to various developers as well as bribery and general corruption. The Grand Jury has indicted former mayor Charles Sammarone, former City Finance Director Charles Bozanich, and developer Dominic Marchionda with 101 public corruption charges.


Marchionda is the owner of NYO Property Group, which was the main catalyst for Downtown's redevelopment. In addition to developing Downtown's DoubleTree Hotel, he has redeveloped several other Downtown buildings and skyscrapers and owns buildings and land all around the city's center and YSU. His company has a near monopoly on Downtown's apartment market and is by far the largest investor in Downtown's comeback. It's safe to say that Downtown would be absolutely nowhere near what it is now without Marchionda - The problem of course is that he was receiving money illegally from the city finance director in order to fund these redevelopment projects (except for the hotel). Marchionda has defended himself by pointing out that his projects have led to hundreds of permanent Downtown jobs, many of which are high paying. Despite what you think of Marchionda, you can't deny that this could really stall Downtown's development. Hopefully his company will continue to manage their apartments well and new developers will rise up to take his place.

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« Reply #677 on: August 31, 2018, 06:26:40 PM »
Seems like a disproportionate number of big time businessman in Youngstown have had their share of legal trouble....  Before Marchionda, you had Michael Monus (founder of the 300-store Phar-Mor discount drug store chain who perpetrated a $1 billion fraud/embezzlement case), and Eddie DeBartolo who owned the San Francisco 49ers (extortion), plus J.J. and Anthony Cafaro (conspiracy to defraud). Read more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/feb/01/oh-how-mighty-valley-have-fallen/

But my favorite story is this one, because so few people know it....  Russell Spitz unknowingly saved Youngstown's steel industry by modernizing a portion of the Brier Hill Works built in 1900 but only undertook one "heat" of the new electric-arc furnace and then shut it down, declaring bankruptcy shortly thereafter. But his modernized mill became an attractive investment for North Star Steel that later was bought by V&M which then undertook their 1-million-square-foot expansion of that mill less than a decade ago. It was all due to the risk-taking by Spitz who in 2013, at the age of 75, was indicted for a $4 million bank fraud case involving his Vision Power Systems Co. He never served time in prison because he died in 2015 at his Florida home before the case could be completed.
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« Reply #678 on: August 31, 2018, 08:41:45 PM »
As much as things have changed in Y-town the more they remain the same.

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« Reply #679 on: September 02, 2018, 07:11:50 PM »
Seems like a disproportionate number of big time businessman in Youngstown have had their share of legal trouble....  Before Marchionda, you had Michael Monus (founder of the 300-store Phar-Mor discount drug store chain who perpetrated a $1 billion fraud/embezzlement case), and Eddie DeBartolo who owned the San Francisco 49ers (extortion), plus J.J. and Anthony Cafaro (conspiracy to defraud). Read more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/feb/01/oh-how-mighty-valley-have-fallen/

But my favorite story is this one, because so few people know it....  Russell Spitz unknowingly saved Youngstown's steel industry by modernizing a portion of the Brier Hill Works built in 1900 but only undertook one "heat" of the new electric-arc furnace and then shut it down, declaring bankruptcy shortly thereafter. But his modernized mill became an attractive investment for North Star Steel that later was bought by V&M which then undertook their 1-million-square-foot expansion of that mill less than a decade ago. It was all due to the risk-taking by Spitz who in 2013, at the age of 75, was indicted for a $4 million bank fraud case involving his Vision Power Systems Co. He never served time in prison because he died in 2015 at his Florida home before the case could be completed.

Another recent one was Ryan Sheridan. He owns a lot of businesses around town and a few important Downtown buildings that he of course failed to ever actually develop. Youngstown just can't get enough of its corruption! How fitting is it that the people who revitalized Downtown did it illegally and through very corrupt ways.....

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« Reply #680 on: September 07, 2018, 10:25:03 AM »
Youngstown State University receives a $1.5 million gift from the Cafaro family
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Youngstown State University will build an intramural sports field with the help of a $1.5 million gift from the Cafaro family.

The Cafaro Family Field intramural complex will be located along Elm Street on the north side of the campus. According to a news release, the field will have restrooms, seating and fencing and will be used for activities including soccer and lacrosse.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/education/youngstown-state-university-receives-15-million-gift-cafaro-family

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« Reply #681 on: September 08, 2018, 03:50:54 PM »
Enclave Student Apartments Opens:
The Enclave Student Apartments has recently opened and students have moved in for the fall semester! The MercyHealth Student Health Center portion of the development is still not complete. I believe there is still a possibility for retail space along Lincoln Avenue, but I'm not sure.

Here are some photos of the completed building from their Instagram page:




New $1.5 Million YSU Intramural Sports Complex:

The Cafaro Family has donated $1.5 million to Youngstown State University to build a new intramural sports complex on the north side of the campus. It will be located on the corner of Madison Avenue and Bryson Street in the Wick Park neighborhood. It is located in the parking lot behind the Flats at Wick Apartments and across the street from Ursuline High School. (Street View Link) The "Cafaro Family Field" will consist of a large sports field for lacrosse, soccer, rugby, and football. It will help serve YSU's eight intramural sports leagues. It will also be used by Cardinal Mooney and Ursuline High Schools for their lacrosse teams. It'll be nice to see YSU continue to spread into Wick Park - it's a neighborhood with a lot of potential and a big student population, but it is very underutilized. Luckily, some businesses are beginning to move in on the neighborhood's business district (I'll cover this later in this post) so hopefully Wick Park is on the upswing finally.

A rendering of Cafaro Family Field:



New Businesses Coming to Wick Park's Elm Street Business District:

Wick Park Historic District was once the city's first "millionaire row" but is now a shell of what it once was. The neighborhood has experienced heavy blight which has led to the loss of countless historic houses and mansions. Sadly most of the remaining ones are in bad shape and run by slumlords. The neighborhood should be ripe for gentrification due to it being home to so many university students and its beautiful old houses surrounding a park - but no one has really gotten the ball rolling on the neighborhood yet. That being said, it's been gradually improving each year despite the continued loss of historic homes.


Elm Street's 800 and 900 block serves as the neighborhood's business district. Thanks to some recent investment, this struggling yet quaint business district has begun to pick up some momentum. This is mostly thanks to Commonwealth Kitchen Incubator who took over a building in the neighborhood a few years ago. They began buying up other buildings and have been gradually renovating them. A popular business on the road is "Cultivate Co-Op Cafe" which is known for its unique menu and locally sourced foods.


A new coffee shop is coming to 818 Elm Street soon - Culturehouse Coffee Roasters. They have been in business for a while now, but this will be their first brick and mortar store. I'm really excited for this and I think it will help out the neighborhood a lot. YSU has a lot of student housing right next to Elm Street, but students rarely venture up into Elm Street - hopefully new businesses like this will gradually change that! They should open sometime this fall.

The future home of Culturehouse Coffee Roasters:


Unfortunately, Dorian Books, a popular business on Elm Street, is closing soon. The good news is that the owners of the building are going to put it to good use. The building will be transformed into a 100 seat singer's cabaret and event center, building on the success of their past Music on Madison events.

The Shagrin Building, which houses Dorian Books:


Elsewhere in Wick Park, a few houses are being bought up by Housing Authority and are being fixed up and subdivided into apartments for homeless veterans. It won't just be a shelter - the plan is to eventually have them transition into leasing the apartments permanently after completing job training programs and securing a steady income. I'm glad that they are going to use some of these vacant houses which would have been torn down otherwise.

One of the houses they will renovate (This is an older photo, it's been boarded up in recent years):
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« Reply #682 on: September 09, 2018, 02:54:41 PM »
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« Reply #683 on: September 15, 2018, 11:47:48 PM »
Hi!  I've been away for quite awhile, but I decided to stop back a few nights ago to see what was new.  I decided to log in, because I wanted to reply to this thread.  I was pretty familiar with most of the stuff posted, but not all.  And, even though I now work for the company who made some of the graphics/renderings, I've never seen them before.  So, I hope to make it a habit, again, to keep visiting.

It's a small point, but the second floor of Silver's Vogue Shop is not vacant.  It's the studio space for Jim Pernotto.  I don't know why they keep the windows boarded up.

Also, I don't think the corruption got the ball rolling on downtown revitalization; the development was already happening, when the corruption started taking place.  Ryan Sheridan's problems are completely unrelated to anything he was planning to do downtown.  He was the owner of several drug treatment centers, and his crimes were related to that.  But, when the gov't seized his assets, all work on his projects downtown stopped.  Interestingly, I just checked, and the property taxes on the Gallagher Building, which he owns, are up-to-date.

The amazing apartment in the Davis building was originally the residence of one of the architects who worked on the second floor.  He has since opened his own practice, and I assume sold the apartment to the remaining owners of the building.

I hope the move of the Welsh Congregational Church is able to move forward.  There is some controversy that I find interesting.  Although some descendants of the Wick family have made substantial donations to see that this project happens, another Wick descendant has come forward objecting to the project, saying that moving it to Wick Park is incompatible with the original purpose for which the park was intended.

I'm a resident of the Wick Park neighborhood.  Work in the neighborhood is very difficult, because the real estate market is "broken."  First, you can't just buy a house in this neighborhood.  If you look at Zillow.com or Realtor.com, you'll see that there are very few--if any--houses for sale.  Most of the vacant houses are in some kind of ownership limbo.  You'd need to initiate foreclosure, or work with the city, to start the process of taking possession of a house.  Second, you probably won't be able to get a mortgage to buy the house and/or pay for renovation/restoration.  Those of us who are fixing--or have fixed--our houses are doing so with our own cash, or unsecured credit.  This makes the process much slower than it would be if you could just get a home equity loan for $50k, to do all the work at once.  Third, you had better be doing the work out of love, because the work most of these homes need, will cost more than the house will be worth, after all the work has been done.  My house was in relatively good shape, didn't need a lot of major work, and I would be lucky to break even, if I had to sell it tomorrow.

Common Wealth, Inc. has done a lot to help improve the neighborhood, especially in the 800 and 900 blocks of Elm St., as was previously mentioned.  They also bought some of the houses adjacent to the location of the proposed coffee shop, and have converted them into office/business spaces.  The gray house next to the coffee shop building is what they are calling a "music hall."  It's not officially open, yet, but they have had a couple soft-opening events.  And, next to that, there is a shop called Her Primitive Ways, that sells teas, soaps, and incense, made from herbs and flowers she grows in the neighborhood.

The house being renovated by YMHA for veterans is another interesting project.  It was started several years ago.  But, they didn't account for the extra cost of doing such a project in a designated historic district.  So, they ran out of money, and had to mothball the project.  So, while I'm gad something is happening to the house, veterans are being helped off the streets, and the exterior is being restored to historic guidelines, I'm a little disappointed that the house is going to remain apartments, instead of being returned to a SFH.  And, I'm a little concerned that some of the future residents might be troubled, and will cause disruption in the neighborhood.

Hmm, sorry for the long post.  I think I addressed just about everything I wanted to.

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« Reply #684 on: September 16, 2018, 05:57:55 PM »

It's a small point, but the second floor of Silver's Vogue Shop is not vacant.  It's the studio space for Jim Pernotto.  I don't know why they keep the windows boarded up.

The house being renovated by YMHA for veterans is another interesting project.  It was started several years ago.  But, they didn't account for the extra cost of doing such a project in a designated historic district.  So, they ran out of money, and had to mothball the project.  So, while I'm gad something is happening to the house, veterans are being helped off the streets, and the exterior is being restored to historic guidelines, I'm a little disappointed that the house is going to remain apartments, instead of being returned to a SFH.  And, I'm a little concerned that some of the future residents might be troubled, and will cause disruption in the neighborhood.

Hmm, sorry for the long post.  I think I addressed just about everything I wanted to.

Thanks for your input! I always assumed the second floor of Silver's was vacant - they really shouldn't keep the windows boarded up though. It makes the building look run down. And regarding the veteran house, I had the same thoughts. I wish that so many houses in Wick Park weren't sub-divided like that.