Economic Development

Kmart Demolition Clears Way for Development

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Demolition crews have spent the last several weeks razing the former Kmart department store building along Youngstown-Poland Road, clearing the way for potential development of that site.

“It’s an extremely good piece of real estate,” said Bill Kutlick, president of Kutlick Realty LLC in Boardman. “We have people looking, but it’s still very premature to talk about it.”

Kutlick said his company is working with the property owners on potential deals, but notes his firm is not the exclusive agent for the site. “It’ll be an improvement for the community,” once the site is redeveloped.

The property owner is listed as ASI Family Partnership in Salem. The demolition contractor, Siegle Excavating based in Edinburg, Pa., applied for demolition permits in May, and the project is now taking hold, noted Lois Slicker, permit technician at the Mahoning County Building Inspection Department.

“We have no idea what’s going in there,” she noted. “Nothing has been submitted and we have no drawings at this point and time.”

The 105,600-square-foot building was left vacant when Kmart closed its Boardman location in April 2016 after 48 years in business.

Demolition crews began work at the site earlier this month. The site encompasses 10.2 acres of commercial property.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.