YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The development of the Glenwood Business Center, clients buying 186 homes and projects across the South Side were among the highlights for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. in 2018.
Formerly a distribution center for Second Harvest Food Bank, work on the Glenwood Business Center, 2246 Glenwood Ave., was completed with the assistance of a $150,000 CommunityWINS grant from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo. The first two tenants, Inspiring Minds Youngstown and Ursuline Ministries, moved into the space in October.
Elsewhere along the Glenwood Corridor, YNDC also renovated a 5,200-square-foot, four-unit apartment building on Clearmount Drive, cleared 66 parcels for use by the Mahoning County Land Bank and as greenspace, planted 20 trees and maintained 334 vacant lots.
Through its housing programs, YNDC served 526 people in 2018, including 357 new clients, with 186 purchasing homes. Fourteen blighted properties across the city were acquired and 22 houses were rehabilitation and renovated. YNDC also completed 32 limited repair projects and six owner-occupied full-house rehab projects.
The South Side was a large focus for the community improvement organization in 2018, as YNDC helped organize 22 events, including 12 Southside Summer Experience events, two miles of sidewalks were cleaned, 362 tires were removed and disposed of and 38 properties were set up with solar-powered LED lights. In addition, 111 additional patrols were added by the Youngstown Police Department.
Among YNDC’s other highlights were hosting a City Club of the Mahoning Valley panel discussion at the Youngstown Playhouse, being highlighted in Shelterforce magazine and being presented with the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s Spirit of the Valley award, alongside Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership.
The full YNDC 2018 annual report can be found here.
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