Sunday, August 30, 2015

This Week's Youngstown Roundup

1. With the start of YSU Football less than two weeks away, team coverage is starting to ramp up. Below is a recap from this week. YSU opens their season at Pittsburgh this Saturday (1pm). It will be the first game for both Pitt's Pat Narduzzi (Ursuline, YSU) and Bo Pelini (Mooney). Related:
2. Youngstown's unemployment rate rose by a half point in July from 7.5 to 8.0 percent. However, the rate is down by 1.8% from July 2014 when it stood at 9.8%. The metropolitan statistical area's rate is 6.1% while Ohio's is 5.0%. Foreclosures were also down in the region in comparison to this time last year.
3. Development plans for downtown's Legal Arts Building are on hold until at least 2017. That's because the company that owns the building - NYO Property Group - is busy with other major downtown projects such as the $15 million Wick Tower (95% complete) and the soon-to-be 120-room Double Tree by Hilton hotel project in the Stambaugh Building (late 2016).

4. The federal government will make a fact-finding visit to Youngstown in September to study water supply and sewage infrastructure issues for communities with decline populations

City officials hope that the study will help trigger federal funding to assist with the $147 million upgrade needed to correct the city's sewage infrastructure problems. Sewage overflow has led to contamination of Mill Creek MetroParks lakes leading to their closure this summer.
5. On Thursday, a capacity crowd gathered on the East Side to discuss plans for a Greater McGuffey Road Corridor Action Plan. The plan seeks to make various housing and infrastructure improvements based on data and resident input. The project is being spearheaded by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (click here for a copy of the plan).

Also this week, several properties received major cleanups in the city's Wick Park neighborhood. Over 80 volunteers gathered to target 10 homes. 

The event was organized by YSUscape - a student organization dedicated to physically improving areas throughout the city with other community organizations - as well as YNDC. The event was funded by a grant from the Raymond J. Wean Foundation Neighborhood SUCCESS grant program.
Other notable news from the week: