Board of Control approves $500,000+ in ARP spending – Business Journal Daily

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The city’s Board of Control approved spending more than $500,000 in U.S. bailout funds at its meeting Thursday.

Youngstown CityScape has received over $200,000 in total – $187,500 in matching funds for Appalachian Regional Commission funding for the CityScape at Briel project and $25,000 in matching funds for an operational funding grant of the Youngstown Foundation.

In 2021, CityScape acquired the former Briel’s Flowers and Greenhouse property, 22-26 S. Belle Vista Ave., with the intention of growing its own plants and flowers for its annual Streetscape downtown beautification event and its retail, as well as to provide employment. training opportunities.

Youngstown CityScape will use the money — the city grant combined with $187,500 in ARC funding — to renovate the house adjacent to the greenhouse to serve as a community center that will provide services including workforce development works for returning citizens, said Sharon Letson, executive director of CityScape.

“There is going to be a kitchen in there. People will be able to hold meetings there,” she said.

The other $25,000 grant will provide matching funds for a $50,000 operating grant from the Youngstown Foundation, she said.

Both grants will come from the 3rd Ward’s ARP allowance. Earlier this year, City Council approved the designation of $2 million for projects in each of the city’s seven wards out of the city’s $82.7 million ARP allocation.

The board also approved entering into a $200,000 professional services agreement with the Western Reserve Port Authority to administer the Mahoning Avenue redevelopment project. Under the agreement, which the WRPA board approved on Wednesday, the port authority will provide services including property acquisition, remediation, greening and cleaning along the corridor of Mahoning Ave.

The deal builds on the memorandum of understanding the city already has with the Port Authority to help with land acquisition and economic development, according to Nikki Posterli, chief of staff to Mayor Jamael Tito Brown and director of the city’s community planning and economic development department. .

“It gives us the opportunity to do things that we wish we could have done before the pandemic. Now we finally have the means to implement what we have wanted to do for a long time,” she said.

In addition, the board approved entering into a professional services agreement with Youngstown Neighborhood Development corp. to administer roof and house repairs for designated low-income homeowners in the 5e Hall. YNDC will receive $94,000 for the work.

Funding for the WRPA contract will come from the 4e Ward ARP stipend and YNDC contract will be paid on the 5e Parish funds.

In other business, the board approved a $160,000 contract with MS Consultants to provide construction management services for the demolition and remediation work at 20 Federal Place.

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, council members approved seeking bids and reaching an agreement for the demolition and remediation of 20 federals, not to exceed $6.25 million, in part of the estimated $74 million renovation of the city-owned building.

Tenders are expected to go out next month and construction should begin in January, said Charles Shasho, deputy director of public works.

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