Economic Development

St. Vincent de Paul Eyes Expansion with Warren Property

WARREN, Ohio — The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will determine in the next month or so its plans for property it is acquiring from the city through the Western Reserve Port Authority.

A deed signing and property transfer ceremony for the property, 2311 Niles Road, took place Tuesday afternoon at the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, 2415 Niles Road, which is adjacent to the site.

The society needs the land because it has outgrown its existing facilities, said Darlene Jones, CEO of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Trumbull/Ashtabula/Portage District. The society is attempting to determine whether to construct a new building for either the thrift store or the adjacent dining hall, or build a hybrid structure that could accommodate both operations as well as expanded programs and services, Jones said.

At 6,600 square feet, the thrift store, which generates funds for the dining hall, is “bulging” from donated items, Jones said. The 2,440-square-foot dining hall, with seating for 47, serves 150 people daily.

“We would anticipate that within a month our plan would be solidified,” Jones said. Once that is determined, the society would launch a feasibility study and a capital campaign for the project, which she expects to go into six figures. 

The society is paying $329 plus closing costs for the 0.24-acre lot at the corner of Niles Road and Brier Street SE, said Anthony Trevena, director of the port authority’s Northeast Ohio Development and Finance Authority. It is acquiring the property through a nearly two-year-old partnership between the port authority and the city. 

The property transfer is the third taking place under the agreement between the two entities. Last year, the city and port authority transferred the former Warren Scope senior center to developer Mark Marvin, where a winery is going to open next month. Earlier this year, they transferred a Mahoning Avenue property to the Trumbull County Historical Society.

Pictured: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is considering its options for its thrift store on Niles Road.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.