Economic Development

Design Review Panel OKs Valet Area for Hotel

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Developers of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel will need further approvals from the city before they can move forward on a valet drop-off lane, loading and unloading zone and landscaping in front of the property. The city’s Design Review Committee approved a conceptual design for the space in front of the Stambaugh […]

Work Empties Building Trades’ Union Halls

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Were you to walk into nearly any of the union halls in the Mahoning Valley in search of bricklayers, ironworkers, millwrights or laborers, you’d be hard-pressed to find one. “Almost every hall is empty,” says Rocky DiGennaro, president of the Western Reserve Construction and Building Trades Council. “Building work is really good […]

Opponents of Marijuana Farms Want Ear of Council

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A coalition composed of faith-based groups, concerned citizens and small businesses say that allowing the cultivation of medical marijuana within the city opens the door for recreational drug use that would endanger the community. “This is not really about medical marijuana statewide,” said Al Yanno, co-director of Now Youngstown and pastor at […]

Council to Consider $4M Loan for Enclave Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – City Council this week will consider development agreements to help finance a $16 million student housing complex at Youngstown State University. Council’s committee on housing, community and economic development will meet at 5 p.m. today to discuss the city administration’s requests for action on the agreement with Youngstown Campus Associates LLC, as […]

CCPA OKs $72K Bid to Repair Industrial Park Roof

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — The Columbiana County Port Authority met in special session Friday to approve a bid of $72,000 from Eichler Construction in Salem for a roof repair at Leetonia Industrial Park, 600 Cherry Fork Ave. in Leetonia. The repair of the 16,000-square foot roof is part of the port authority’s “strategic maintenance plan,” […]

New Life Breathed into Old Building in Salem

SALEM, Ohio – Developer Scott Cahill and his wife, Lisa, not only see tremendous potential in the landmark building they bought three years ago on East State Street, they see enormous potential throughout the downtown. “We moved here to retire,” Scott Cahill said as he led reporters and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-6 Ohio, on […]

City Gets $200K to Identify Brownfield Petroleum Sites

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The fourth time proved to be the charm, proponents of a $200,000 brownfield assessment grant said after learning the city’s application for the funds has been approved. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it has awarded the assessment grant to the city, which had unsuccessfully applied for the funds three […]

City Gets $200K to Identify, Remediate Petroleum Sites

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The fourth time proved to be the charm, proponents of a $200,000 brownfield assessment grant said after learning the city’s application for the funds has been approved. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it has awarded the assessment grant to the city, which had unsuccessfully applied for the funds three […]

Amphitheater Project Advances Amid Uncertainty

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Work on the proposed amphitheater and riverfront park is proceeding on schedule, despite criticisms of the project during the Democratic mayoral primary and questions raised by President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. MKSK, the Columbus landscape architecture firm the city engaged for the estimated $9 million project, is making “significant progress” on the […]

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