City Approves Buying Parcels for Chill Can Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Board of Control approved buying four parcels on North Lane Avenue Thursday in accordance with the East Side Urban Renewal Plan and the Joseph Co. International’s proposed $20 million chill-can complex.

The city will pay $170,000 plus moving and closing expenses for the properties, according to  documents.

The properties represent the final occupied structures the city needs to purchase for the Joseph Co. project, said T. Sharon Woodberry, city community planning and economic development director.

“The remaining parcels we will be able to finalize through eminent domain if we’re unable to get them” she said. Several of the remaining properties – all vacant land – are in probate and might have to be obtained through court action, she said.

The city has assembled all the properties needed to move forward on the first phase of the Joseph Co.’s project, for which ground was broken earlier this week.

The board also approved a $62,059 professional services agreement with MS Consultants, Youngstown, for engineering work associated with relocation of a 16-inch water line in the project area. The water line will be moved from North Lane Avenue to North Fruit Street.

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