Warren plans to revitalize its downtown

November 21, 2013 by  

Warren, just under 20 miles from Youngstown, will soon introduce legislation allowing it to create a so-called “revitalization district” in its downtown area.

The district will cover 87 acres and is intended specifically to encourage development. Warren Mayor Doug Franklin recommended creating the district to the city council back in October, and the city council is following up the Mayor’s lead.

The idea behind the legislation is to enhance the arts, social, cultural, retail, sporting, educational, and entertainment opportunities to be found in Warren.

The legislation allows smaller communities like Warren to develop these districts. Formerly, the law could only be applied to communities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. Backers of the legislation in the state government offices argued that it would enhance the growth Warren is already experiencing.

One business owner reveals the city has been attempting to create a downtown entertainment district for approximately 10 years, and pointed out that areas like Flats, located in Cleveland, South Side in Pittsburgh, and the downtown area of Youngstown have all seen economic benefits from the entertainment establishments that opened in their various districts.

The new district will include parts of many downtown streets, including Buckeye Street, Main Avenue, Potter Court, and the Peninsula area on West Market Street owned by the city. More than 20 streets and alleys will be included in the development.

Warren officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for residents and businesses, stressing the opportunities to be found in the new area, and inviting them to participate.