CityScape Buys Briel’s Flowers Property for $145,000

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown CityScape has purchased the former Briel’s Flowers & Greenhouse and will outline its plans for the property next month.

CityScape, which stages the annual Streetscape cleanup and planting day and manages events such as the downtown holiday parade, completed its $145,000 purchase of the 23-29 Belle Vista Ave. property Tuesday, Mahoning County records show. The flower shop closed in early 2020.

Executive director Sharon Letson and board President Scott Schulick said plans for the property would be outlined at an event in mid-August.

“We’re thrilled to have been able to buy the last urban greenhouse in Youngstown. We hope to be able to continue the 90-plus-year-old legacy of the Briel family,” Letson said. 

The property includes the retail store and greenhouse with sprinklers, as well as a residential rental house, according to a brochure from Platz Realty Group, Canfield, which represented the property. 

“They are going to continue to use it as a greenhouse and florist shop,” said Don Thomas, managing partner of the real estate firm. “Their intent is to rehabilitate it and use it accordingly.” 

Platz presented three other offers for the property to the Briels but the family was “bullish on getting a deal done with CityScape,” Thomas said.

They liked that the organization was going to utilize the building and “much of the existing infrastructure to do what it was ultimately built for,” and not tear it down.   

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