New downtown hotel spurs Youngstown growth

March 24, 2013 by  

Developer Dominic Marchionda has decided to go ahead with plans to locate a hotel in the Stambaugh Building in downtown Youngstown, Ohio. Many Youngstown business people say this is exactly what is needed to attract additional business to the city.

Although plans are still in the early stages, with architectural concepts and costs not yet finalized, Marchionda says the demand is there for a hotel at the Stambaugh. He expects a formal announcement about the construction in 30 – 45 days.

Perhaps the most directly impacted business is Dooney’s Downtown Grill and Bar, which currently inhabits the Stambaugh’s first floor. Depending on the plans Marchionda develops, the restaurant could be forced to move. However, Marchionda says Dooney’s is welcome to remain throughout the construction, and that his group will work with the eatery to resolve the situation.

Dooney’s co-owner Chris Sammarone agrees, saying Marchionda has proved to be a “great landlord” and, though plans are uncertain, the two will discuss a move if it proves necessary. He added that it’s too soon to tell what will happen to Dooney’s, but says he’s glad to be part of the renovation, which will be good for downtown Youngstown.

Members of the Downtown Business Alliance of Youngstown are also excited, pointing out that a name hotel is the best possible business for revitalizing the area.

Once the hotel is in place, Youngstown officials could work with brochure printers to create materials to present to other businesses, inviting them to consider Youngstown as a possible location.