Youngstown area plans promise opportunities

September 27, 2013 by  

A project to revitalize the U.S. 422 corridor, comprising some 3,500 acres between Youngstown and Girard, got underway last Friday, September 20, when city and county officials got together to begin the planning process.

The project would consider such things as commercial development, transportation, and aesthetics. The plan would also explain the mechanisms that will bring it to fruition, including where the funds will come from and how the plan will be implemented.

The impetus for the revitalization of the corridor was the action of Vallourec Star, which moved a massive pipe mill to the river corridor located on the border of Youngstown and Girard. Once the mill was established, local developers began considering what additional opportunities could exist in the region.

Friday’s meeting brought together officials from the Trumbull County Planning Commission, the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, the Regional Chamber, and 14 other private and public partners who are considering backing the development. They announced the beginning of the planning procedure, which included hiring Interface Studio, a Philadelphia company known for its expertise in metropolitan planning. Interface has started talking to the public to canvass ideas and Scott Page, who founded Interface, believes the plan and methods for implementing it should be finished by January, 2014.

Page says Interface is collecting data so it can understand the area, looking at infrastructure and land patterns. He says the easy access to the area, thanks to highways and rail, are major assets.

Officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer to businesses and residents alike, to explain the project and the opportunities it presents to local enterprises.