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Re: Youngstown-Warren: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #630 on: May 15, 2018, 08:56:48 AM »
DoubleTree Adds Final Touches Ahead of Opening
By George Nelson | May 15, 2018

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Workers scurried around the new DoubleTree by Hilton Youngstown Monday in preparation of the arrival of its first guests.

Contractors were putting the finishing touches on the exterior of the downtown hotel as painters and other work crews completed the interior work, barely a day ahead of its official opening today.

https://businessjournaldaily.com/doubletree-adds-final-touches-ahead-of-opening-day/

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« Reply #631 on: May 15, 2018, 04:16:52 PM »
DoubleTree Adds Final Touches Ahead of Opening
By George Nelson | May 15, 2018

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Workers scurried around the new DoubleTree by Hilton Youngstown Monday in preparation of the arrival of its first guests.

Contractors were putting the finishing touches on the exterior of the downtown hotel as painters and other work crews completed the interior work, barely a day ahead of its official opening today.

https://businessjournaldaily.com/doubletree-adds-final-touches-ahead-of-opening-day/

The hotel is actually open today. I'm going to be making a detailed post about it when I get a chance.

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Re: Youngstown-Warren: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #632 on: May 15, 2018, 04:33:36 PM »
Fantastic!
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« Reply #633 on: May 15, 2018, 09:52:40 PM »
So happy to finally see this.
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« Reply #634 on: May 16, 2018, 06:19:53 PM »
I have a lot of news out of Youngstown today....

Downtown's DoubleTree Hotel Now Open!

The new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Downtown opened yesterday in the historic Stambaugh Building. The building had been mainly empty and in a state of disrepair for years until it was purchased by NYO Property Group. They had been working for years to turn the building into a hotel.

The entrance of the Stambaugh Building:


The first floor has four retail spaces, the lobby is on the second floor. The first restaurant, Bistro 1907 will open on May 23rd. It will be an upscale Parisian bistro inspired restaurant owned by a reputable local chef. Another restaurant, YOSTERIA, will eventually open. It will be an upscale Tuscan restaurant. It is currently running a test kitchen out of Downtown's B&O Station. The third business will be Branch Street Roasters - an award winning Boardman based coffee shop. The fourth business will be a bank.

The lobby of the hotel:



The top floor is a large ballroom and conference center. There are future plans for a rooftop bar and pool. The hotel is already nearly booked in its first week and will have its grand opening on May 30.

One of the hotel rooms:


Inside Bistro 1907 on the first floor:


The Enclave Project Drops Retail Plans:

There's some bad news coming out of the YSU neighborhood - The Enclave project's developers have dropped plans for a retail building along Wick Avenue in favor of building a 4,500 square foot student health center for YSU. I'm a bit dissapointed that there will no longer be any retail there - it could have been a good way to slowly link YSU's campus with Downtown via Wick Avenue. Nonetheless, the project is going strong and the apartment portion is nearing completion. It looks great to see some density on that corner. The apartments are almost fully reserved.

The health center taking shape with the apartment portion in the background:


A drone photo of The Enclave from this week:


Phelps Street Pedestrian Plaza:

The City will be holding a meeting on May 23rd to receive public opinion on closing North Phelps Street to traffic in order to make it into a pedestrian plaza similar to Cleveland's East 4th Street. I'm really happy that the city is going this route, especially since this option didn't seem to popular. It could still be blocked, but I haven't heard any significant NIMBY opposition, and the restaurants on the street seem to be in support.

The non-pedestrian plaza proposal rendering:


Wick Tower (on corner of Federal and North Phelps), owned by NYO Property Group, has been trying to attract a business to the first floor without success. A restaurant was supposed to be opened last fall, but as usual in Youngstown, the owner got indicted and is getting his assets seized. NYO has this listing on Loopnet and area using the future pedestrian plaza as a selling point. Another planned development for North Phelps Street was the relocation and expansion of Circle Deli & Hookah Bar into a new building - but the owner, Adi Othman, was deported. I'm not sure if his kids still plan on expanding the business to Phelps Street.

Wick Tower's first floor retail space with North Phelps Street construction to the left:


Coffee Shop Relocation & New Smoothie Bar in Downtown

And one more random piece of news: Joe Maxx Coffee Company (A nationwide chain based in Youngstown) was forced out of their space at the Realty Building by NYO Property Group. This is possibly due to NYO bringing in Branch Street Roasters across the street... but NYO already has a new tenant secured, The Smoothie Bar on Central Square. The good news is, Joe Maxx decided to stay in Downtown and have reopened in the Youngstown Business Incubator Campus on the west end of Downtown! It'll be great to have a coffee shop down there.
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« Reply #635 on: May 16, 2018, 08:13:43 PM »
Sweet!
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« Reply #636 on: May 16, 2018, 09:30:54 PM »
Gorgeous renovations!
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« Reply #637 on: May 22, 2018, 09:28:33 AM »
And now, here the come....

TJX to Seek 75% Abatement, Offer $500K to Schools
By George Nelson | May 22, 2018

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – TJX Companies Inc. will seek a 10-year, 75% property tax abatement for its proposed $160 million distribution center, village and school district officials disclosed at meetings Monday. The company also said it would provide a total of $500,000 to the school district for security upgrades and athletic improvements.

Bradford Dunn, TJX vice president and property tax director, met Monday with the Lordstown Board of Education and the school district’s superintendent and treasurer to outline the company’s tax abatement request and gift.

https://businessjournaldaily.com/tjx-to-seek-75-abatement-offer-500k-to-schools/


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« Reply #638 on: May 23, 2018, 12:51:07 PM »
Court OKs AutoParkit Buying Former Delphi Site
By George Nelson | May 23, 2018

WARREN, Ohio – Once the paperwork with U.S. Bankruptcy Court is completed, Christopher Alan said he can move forward with work at the former Delphi Packard Electric property at 402 Dana St. and “start the investment that we wanted to make from the beginning,” he said.

Bankruptcy Judge Kay Woods Tuesday approved the purchase of the property by Alan, CEO of AutoParkit LLC, from Maximus III Properties LLC. Maximus, which is owned by businessman Sergio DiPaolo, is in Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

https://businessjournaldaily.com/bankruptcy-court-oks-autoparkit-buying-delphi-site/

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Re: Youngstown-Warren: Random Development News & Info
« Reply #639 on: May 23, 2018, 12:57:35 PM »
^ that appears to be very welcome news

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« Reply #640 on: May 23, 2018, 04:20:00 PM »
Phelps Street Pedestrian Mall News:

City officials are holding a meeting tonight (May 23rd) for public input on the proposal to close North Phelps Street in Downtown to create a pedestrian plaza inspired by Cleveland's East Fourth Street. The hope is that it will help attract more pedestrian traffic from YSU's campus into Downtown's entertainment district and then further down Phelps Street to the new amphitheater and riverfront park being built. Fortunately, I think this will end up happening. The mayor has announced that he is in support of it and the businesses on the street are enthusiastic. The only real issues with it I can find are people saying it will "increase loitering" or create a "hangout for beggars and criminals." - Typical anti-development attitudes from suburbanites who haven't been Downtown since the 80s. So without a solid reason to oppose it, it should go forward!

I'd like to really thank the Planning Commission for pushing the pedestrian plaza idea since it was nearly dead in favor of just having a streetscaping project instead. The city has identified four vacant spots on the street and three potential storefronts in a building next to Wick Tower. A major component to the plan would be spaces for food trucks to park. With all these new developments planned for this side of Downtown, I think it is time for the city to consider building a new parking garage.

Here's a very basic plan for the plaza - honestly this plan confuses me, but here it is anyways:


The Kitchen Post Now Open in Downtown:

A popular local restaurant, The Kitchen Post, has closed it's Struthers location in favor of moving Downtown into Erie Terminal Place (Interestingly, they will be across the street from the proposed Phelps St. Pedestrian Plaza). I'm glad that they are opening here - it is a very prominent space that was previously vacant. Now with them, One Hot Cookie next to them, and the restaurants and developments on Phelps Street, this will be a great walkable part of Downtown in the coming years. They are open for business but will have strange hours until the end of May.

Erie Terminal Place:



The Kitchen Post is very well know and is one of the few "hip" restaurants in town. They are best known for their simple yet creative dishes and brunch selections. In particular, they are known for Taco Tuesdays, Ramen Thursdays, chicken & waffles, and more. They also serve craft beer from two local breweries: Noble Creature Cask House and Birdfish Brewery.

Inside the Kitchen Post:



New Golden String Radio Studio:
Iron String Life Enhancement (ISLE) is a local group that helps people that have disabilities. One of their programs, Golden String Radio (online radio), is moving to a new building on South Phelps Street in Downtown. The building will house the recording studio as well as space for Purple Cat Records - another branch of their program. This will have more recording studios for musicians such as the Purple Cat Band and will feature a record store. The building will also feature an art gallery from local artists and classrooms for art and music lessons. ISLE hopes to attract musicians with disabilities from across the country to this new studio.

The new ISLE Music Building on South Phelps Street:



I can't find any photos of the inside, but it is a pretty impressive space. It's definitely a good use for this old building. ISLE is working to renovate another group of buildings in Downtown and will be relocating their administrative offices to there.

The Fifth Avenue Buildings that will be renovated:



Silver's Building For Sale:
The Silvers Vogue Shop building is up for sale in Downtown. It is a historic building on a very prominent corner (West Federal & Phelps). The first floor tenant, Silver's Vogue Shop will remain open and has been an important Downtown shop for decades - but the building could really use some TLC. I'd love to see some apartments go in upstairs and a new storefront on the side of the building - or at the very least, I'd like to see the boards come off the windows! So if anyone has the money, please fix up this building  ;D

The exterior of the building from last year:


Also, I'm working on a website that will be a hub for info on Youngstown development news, neighborhood info, and anything else related to revitalizing the city into a healthy urban area. Stay tuned!

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« Reply #641 on: May 23, 2018, 06:58:22 PM »
Excellent!
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« Reply #642 on: May 23, 2018, 09:52:07 PM »
This is all just great!
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« Reply #643 on: Yesterday at 05:41:16 PM »
Ok, so apparently the meeting went well. Almost no one there opposed the North Phelps Street plan.

There was one priceless NIMBY quote though....

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Madeline Beaulieu, owner of Ado’s Alterations in the affected section of North Phelps, said she has mixed emotions about closing the street to vehicles.

“I don’t want people sitting in front of my store looking at me all day,” she said.

I mean seriously?!  ;D She doesn't want people "looking at her?" That's the best she can come up with? And that's a reason she believes is valid to shoot down the pedestrian mall plan? NIMBY's never fail to confuse me  ::)

And more good news: The owners of Suzie's Dogs and Drafts intend to open a new German pub style restaurant and bar on North Phelps Street next to Suzie's. This will be awesome and will bring more viability to making N. Phelps an entertainment district. The city will make it's final decision about the street by July, but I don't see any major opposition so it should happen!

EDIT: The owner of One Hot Cookie on Phelps Street (not even in the project zone) opposes it because she's tired of having construction and development projects around them...... I guess she doesn't see that making Downtown better through development projects actually does benefit them? Again, I don't understand NIMBY's.
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« Reply #644 on: Yesterday at 06:00:53 PM »
I'm still floored at how quickly downtown Youngstown has gone from being left for dead to being such a lively place. For a city that fell as hard as it did, this is all incredibly impressive.
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« Reply #645 on: Yesterday at 06:11:42 PM »
I'm still floored at how quickly downtown Youngstown has gone from being left for dead to being such a lively place. For a city that fell as hard as it did, this is all incredibly impressive.

Exactly! People still automatically write off Youngstown (especially local suburbanites), but Downtown is honestly doing amazing for a city this size that fell so hard. It's very walkable, has a good amount of daytime office workers, good restaurants, a good amount of apartments, a thriving nightlife/bar scene, an up and coming arts scene, and more. Once the riverfront park is done, it will be even better. Now we just need a grocery store and maybe some newer buildings.

EDIT: To be honest, good old fashioned Youngstown corruption got the ball rolling in Downtown (Look up the NYO Property Group scandals.) But in all honesty... it worked. So I'm not complaining at all!
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