Youngstown Approves Funds for YNDC Projects

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city’s Board of Control on Thursday approved funding for several neighborhood redevelopment initiatives, including renovations to a small retail plaza on the South Side.

The Board, which consists of Mayor Tito Brown, Finance Director Kyle Miasek and Law Director Jeff Limbian, approved $100,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to help the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. restore a commercial plaza at 2915 Glenwood Ave.

“The roof is being torn off as we speak,” says Ian Beniston, executive director of YNDC. 

He says the city funding will be used to install fencing, a new parking lot and sidewalks on the building.

“Hopefully, we can finish the project later this year,” he says. “If we can get the asphalt and concrete in this year, we should be in good shape.”

The BOC also approved $490,699 for YNDC’s roof repair program.  “Last year, we replaced about 125 roofs in the city,” he says. Another $203,418 was appropriated for the organization’s emergency repair program, while $40,000 was approved for YNDC’s revitalize program, which targets vacant properties for cleanup.

Also, the city approved reimbursement funds for three local businesses through its COVID-19 Business Stabilization Program. Growing Kids, The Royal Oaks and LaFrance Cleaners each received $10,000 in stabilization funds.

Another $50,000 in CDBG funds were approved to support exterior repairs at the Youngstown Playhouse. 

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