City Awards $8M Contract to Build Downtown Amphitheater

Design Review Approves Signage for Amphitheater

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The signage at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater downtown will largely mirror the look of the stage, a consultant for the project told the city’s Design Review Committee Tuesday morning.

The committee approved the signage, which will mimic the steel-tube look of the stage, at its monthly meeting.

“The concept of these signs refer back to the amphitheater stage. There’s a continuity in all these designs,” said Paul Ricciuti, who’s serving a consultant on the $8 million project. “As you come down front, at Front Street and Phelps Street, there will be donor signs there to identify the park. It’s all the same design.”

Across the main entryway will be a 40-foot-long, rust-colored – the same as the stage trusses – sign with the logo of the Youngstown Foundation, while a second sign of the same design will be put at the entrance of Community Alley under the Market Street bridge and a third inside the park for the sponsor of the riverfront park. The sponsor for the latter two have yet to be named, Ricciuti added.

Inside the amphitheater, Home Savings Bank will have signs advertising the summer concert series, of which it is the primary sponsor, while small 4-by-3 signs will be installed along the promenade just inside the main gate to offer more advertising opportunities.

While it was not included in the amphitheater elements Design Review Committee was considering, the stage trusses are slated to be erected later this month, Ricciuti said, and are currently in production at Boardman Steel. The amphitheater’s opening date is still scheduled as June 15.

Among the other items approved by the committee were signage for Chemical Bank’s new office in the Stambaugh Building, which houses the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown; Concept Studio Events in the Davis Building and KedPlasma at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Belmont Avenue.

The committee also approved a new compost bin behind the Cultivate Co-op Café for the food-oriented tenants of Common Wealth Inc. – Cultivate, the Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator and Elm Street Diner – to use, as well as four-foot signs featuring the United Nations’ 17 sustainability goals to be hung from the side of Cultivate.

“It’s not technically in the wheelhouse of what they do, but it speaks to what their values are,” said William D’Avignon, representing Common Wealth at the meeting. “Their plan is to have this installed before Earth Day [April 22] and have a United Nations representative there to do a whole press event.”

Among the sustainability goals are eliminating hunger and poverty, developing clean water and sanitation and promoting responsible consumption and production.

Pictured: Rendering of the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater

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