City Panel OKs Demolition for $10M Student Housing

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city’s Design Review Committee today approved the demolition of two buildings just north of downtown to make way for a new student housing complex expected to cost more than $10 million.

Trilogy Realty & Development in Canfield hopes to start construction by June and have the 200-plus-unit complex completed in time for Youngstown State University’s fall 2020 semester, Kevin Willis, an architect with Strollo Architects, Youngstown said at today’s meeting of the committee.

The two properties to be demolished are the former St. Vincent DePaul thrift store building on Wick Avenue and the adjacent Penguin Place. Campus Lofts LLC purchased the two buildings in December for $1.025 million.    

“We plan to demolish the two structures and roll right into excavation of the property,” Willis said. The site will be fenced in prior to demolition, and the general contractor and demolition contractor will coordinate with the city and its engineers to address traffic patterns and pedestrian safety during demolition.

Demand for housing near the university is high, acknowledged YSU spokesman Ron Cole. Both of the Edge apartment complexes to the west of campus, with nearly 400 students, and the new Enclave, with nearly 200 students, are at capacity.

“All university-owned housing, with nearly 1,300 students, is at capacity as well,” he said.  

During the meeting, the committee also approved two proposals submitted by Innersource Inc. in Youngstown and Eastern Gateway Community College to mount aluminum lettering on its Youngstown Campus and the nearby former Harshman Building, which is being renovated for additional academic and student space.

On the Youngstown Campus building, Eastern Gateway plans to mount 17-inch-high aluminum letters on the facades at East Boardman Street and East Federal Street designating the building as Thomas Humphries Hall. Across the street, on the Harshman Building, Eastern Gateway plans to similarly install lettering identifying it as a campus building on the East Boardman façade above the campus door and apply vinyl street number, name and sign on the glass door.

Additionally, the board approved requests by attorney Angela Mikulka, on behalf of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, to remove colored glass windows from its old church on Rayen Avenue and demolish the building, and by architect Kirk Kreuzwieser of Strollo for a proposal to add a new toilet/kitchenette pavilion at our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica.  

Pictured: Penguin Place building

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