Chamber, Girard Renew Partnership to Improve Route 422

GIRARD, Ohio – The city of Girard and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber have renewed their annual contract for the management of the 422 Corridor Project and will host a Community Workday May 18 to clean up the route.

Launched in 2015 and managed by the chamber, the 422 Corridor Project is dedicated to improving U.S. Route 422 with Girard and other community partners. Among its efforts have been remediating the former McQuaid’s gas station, installing LED fixtures along Route 422 and direct business assistance.

“City council and administration are excited about continuing our partnership with the Chamber on the 422 Corridor Project,” said Mayor James Melfi in a prepared statement. “The first contract proved to be very fruitful, as the city was able to demolish a long vacant gas station, which proved to be highly contaminated and quite costly. Work at the project site continues today and the result is that the city of Girard has been able to achieve this without any cost to its taxpayers.”

The fourth annual community workday will be held 9 a.m. to noon May 18. Volunteers will meet at Stambaugh Park on Moser Road to clean the park and surrounding areas. Tools, gloves and other supplies will be provided, as well as lunch.

“The City of Girard has been a very engaged partner and we appreciate their commitment to this regional effort,” said James Dignan, president and CEO of the Regional Chamber. “Their support has been key to our recent success in accomplishing these goals and we look forward to continued success moving forward.”

Those interested in participating can contact Lauren Johnson at 330 744 2131 ext. 1216 or

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