Design Review Approves New Sign for P&L Heat Treating

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – P&L Heat Treating and Grinding Inc. is entering the new decade with an expansion project, complete with new signage to make the Wood Street business more visible.

P&L Heat Treating & Grinding Inc. has been a local business for nearly 30 years, and the city heat-treating firm is starting the new decade with an aluminum signage project – two new four-foot-by-eight-foot aluminum signs with the company’s name, designed by local muralist Christian Mrosko. He also designed P&L’s original signage for founder William Pociask.

“It’s hard to see anything now,” Mrosko said at the city of Youngstown’s Design Review Committee meeting Tuesday morning. “[For the] original entrance, you had to go down Wood Street and it was set back. Since then, they’ve added the other building, so it’s kind of hard to see his address.”

The committee motioned to approve the signage project and will move forward once zoning permits are secured. 

Another signage project on the agenda included a proposal to install a five-foot-by-seven-foot double-sided sign at the Sunoco gas station, 590 Fifth Ave., made of Bebond material with a vinyl overlay. The sign extension would display the shop’s food menu.

“You’re working on a corridor that’s seen a lot of effort from the university, in terms of development and enhancement through landscape and feature design,” committee member John DeFrance told Kevin Sikora, the contractor on the project and owner of Fastsigns of Youngstown-Boardman. 

“You have an opportunity at this location to really provide a little bit of landscaping, which up until this point, has totally been ignored,” DeFrance continued. “You’re right across from the university, which puts a lot of money and effort into doing just that.” 

DeFrance asked if the owner of the gas station would be willing to do something in terms of landscaping, which should be a part of the signage project, he said. Other concerns mentioned included that the signage could be too chaotic or a haphazard. The committee deferred the proposal to March 3 and plans to meet again with the owner present. 

“My feeling on the sign is that it looks temporary,” said committee member Jay Crafton. “It needs to look more permanent and thoughtful with the other things that are going to happen on Fifth Avenue.”

Rodney Freel, co-owner of Gringos on Phelps Street downtown, proposed to build a 36-foot long, two-foot high wall in front of the restaurant that would serve as a temporary weather shelter so renovations can get underway. Freel is aiming to have renovations completed by March 1, he said, so the Phelps Street project isn’t interfered with.

The committee approved the work as long as the wall is down by March 1.

Pictured: Youngstown’s Design Review Committee approved the installation of a new sign by P&L Heat Treating. Rendering provided by P&L. 

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