5 Zoning Inspectors Tally Building Permits

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Business Journal reached out to local zoning offices about residential and commercial construction permits filed so far this year, as well as upcoming projects.

Zoning offices in five local governmental units provided a look at where projects stand compared with the same time period in 2022 (see chart).

In total, of the five zoning offices that provided numbers, 244 construction permits have been filed in 2023, with a valuation of $19,270,351. This compares to a total of 308 permits and a valuation of $21,496,233 in 2022.

Officials in the city of Canfield, and Beaver and North Jackson townships also provided information on projects in the works.


Several projects are in the works, says Mike Cook, zoning inspector.

IES Systems Inc., a global supplier of factory automation and test equipment at 464 Lisbon St., was issued a permit for a 17,000-square-foot addition at a cost of $1,895,000. The project is expected to add 15 employees, Cook says.

Cerimele Enterprises, 530 W. Main St., was issued a permit for storage-unit buildings at a cost of $300,000.

Planning has also begun on the Villa Theresa development on North Broad Street.

And Farmers National Bank is preparing to start demolition for its $10,500,000 expansion project, the zoning inspector says.


The township is considering a permit for a Love’s Travel Center on state Route 7 at the Ohio turnpike, says Richard Martin, chief zoning inspector.

The township has also been working with a New York-based company on the old Penn Ohio truck stop that has been vacant for at least 10 years.

Real estate scouting firm CBRE contracted with the Onvo travel center and is looking to expand in the area, Martin adds. Onvo, formerly known as Liberty, is a family business that operates 36 travel centers in eastern Pennsylvania and western New York. The company was founded in 1988 in Scranton, Pa.


Construction of a Sheetz convenience store and gas station is underway at Leonard Commerce Park, and work continues on the American Transmission Systems facility on Bailey Court East, says Bill D’Avignon, zoning inspector.

Potential projects include a $96,000 recycling center at 12220 Debartolo Drive and a $4 million warehouse at 13001 Mahoning Ave., he adds.