Sunday, July 26, 2015

This Week's Youngstown Roundup

1. The City of Youngstown is bringing in the military in its effort to help fight blight. Members of the 910th Airlift Wing will assist with the demolition of at least 12 structures in and around Taft Elementary on the South Side. Related:
2. Downtown's Warehouse 50 restaurant will close its doors when construction begins this fall for a 135-unit Doubletree Hilton hotel in the Stambaugh Building. However, the popular 'Party on the Plaza' event will continue. Youngstown's downtown event director cites W. Federal Street or the soon-to-be outdoor amphitheater near the Covelli Centre as possible locations. Other downtown news:
3. The Butler will present a series of free illustrated art talks at 2pm on Sundays starting next month. The talks will discuss various pieces of art, their backstory and context. Other arts and entertainment news:
4. Mill Creek MetroParks is looking for a development (ie. fundraising) director and park planner. The park has been without development director for over a year and some commissioners feel that it's time to fill the position so that funding can be sought for a capital campaign. Related:
5. Youngstown Police Department will begin to use manned radar guns to target speedy drivers and issue fines. The new equipment is intended to increase safety in highly trafficked corridors of the city. Right now, the focus is on areas such as I-680 and the 711 Connector but will also expand to school zones in the future. Other City Hall news:
6. The future of the West Side library will be discussed at a special meeting next week. At one point in the not so distant past, a possibility existed that the branch might close. Those plans have changed over the years and now an anonymous donation may allow for a revamp of the branch.

Other notable news from the week:

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