Economic Development

$5.9M Renovation of Gallagher Building Set for Spring

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Dominic L. Gatta III, president of the Gatta Co., says the $5.9 million renovation of the Gallagher Building downtown will begin “in the next couple of months” and include 18 apartments on the upper floors. A restaurant-brewery will occupy the first floor.

“In a perfect world, we’d be done by the end of the year, but that’s an aggressive plan,” he said Thursday. “I’d anticipate sometime next year, we’ll be complete.”

In December, the company received a $1.3 million historic tax credit to renovate the building at the corner of North Hazel and Commerce streets. The building was home to Cedar’s Lounge before it closed in 2012.

The specifics of the restaurant remain incomplete, Gatta said, but a local restaurateur is working to develop the concept. The building has many features that provide opportunities for different approaches to the style the restaurant takes.

“The patio has potential and the first-floor layout is great,” Gatta said. “When we execute the plan for our restaurant-brewery, we’ll use a lot of the [building’s] components.”

On the top three floors of the building, studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments are laid out.

“They’ll be completely furnished units. The one-bedrooms will be about 1,000 square feet and the two-bedrooms will be 1,200 or more square feet,” he said. “We’re keeping the historic features of the building, [things like] the wood floors and other features. There will also be all the modern conveniences, appliances and décor and all that goes along with that as well.”

The expected renters, he added, would be similar to those who reside in the other buildings the Gatta Co. operates downtown, young professionals and students.

Gatta also noted how downtown stakeholders have worked together, not just on the Gallagher Building project, but on the revitalization as a whole.

“It seems that everyone’s working well together downtown. I think everyone has a common goal of bringing Youngstown back and taking it to the next level,” he said. “We want to make it place that we can all be proud of and call home at the end of the day.”

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