Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Monthly Meeting Updates: July 2011

This month the Board Of Zoning Appeals, City Planning Commission, and the Design Review Committee have met to discuss new business that has been brought before them:

Board Of Zoning Appeals
(Tuesday, July 19 1:30, 2011 @ 1:30pm)

  • No new business on the agenda
Planning Commission
(Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 1:30pm)

REF NO. 11-11  George Smith submitted a request for a waiver to establish a regulated use within a 500ft radius of another regulated use; description of regulated use to be established is a second hand store.  The property in question is located at 3215 South Ave. in a B-2, General Business Zoning District. Approved

Continued Business

REF NO. 06-11  John Christopher, Internet Palace, LLC submitted a request for a waiver to establish a regulated use within a 500ft radius of another regulated use; description of regulated use to be established is a internet cafe.  The property in question is located at 2904 McCartney Road Room 16 in a B-3, Community Business Zoning District.  Approved

Attended: Chuck Sasho, Angelo Pignatelli, Irving Lev, Heather McMahon
Did not attend: Iris Guglucello

Design Review Committee
(Tuesday, July 5, 2011 @ 9:00am)

Continued Business

Case No. DRC 11-09  Mahoning Lighting & Maintenance submitted a proposal to install one channel letter wall sign and awning.  The property in question is located at 131 Lincoln Ave.  Approved 

New Business

Case No. DRC 11-11  Ryan Grass/City Architecture submitted a proposal for 120 rental units configured in 22 buildings.  Each building consist of 5-6 units and a mix of one and two stories.  The development will be complete with private roads, utilities, playgrounds, community gardens, service facilities, and community building.  The property in question is located on Griffith, Martin Luther King, and Madison Ave.  Approved

Case No. DRC 11-10  Paul J. Ricciuti, FAIA (BSHM Architects) submitted a proposal to renovate the Harry Burt Building.  The property in question is located at 325 West Federal Street.  Approved

Attended:Ray DeCarlo, John DeFrance, Summer Barker, Phill Kidd
Did not attend: Jason Rupe

Paper copies of the official meeting agendas can be requested from the City Planning Department, located at 9 W. Front St., 3rd Floor, Suite 315.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Zoning And Redevelopment Code Updates

Last week the City of Youngstown began the 11 neighborhood zoning meetings with the Salt Springs, Steelton, Lincoln Knolls, Brownlee Woods, Buckeye Plat, and Lansingville neighborhoods.  During these meetings citizens worked in small groups and suggested zoning improvements in their neighborhoods. The City of Youngstown has begun the process to undertake the task of restructuring the Redevelopment Code. The newly developed code will outline the land-use goals, as part of the Youngstown 2010 plan.  The citizens whom are involved in these meeting will have the opportunity to develop the future land use plan for their neighborhoods and the City of Youngstown.

There are seven Neighborhood Zoning Meetings left. If you live in any of the neighborhoods listed below, make sure that you attend to take advantage of the opportunity to make an impact on your community. If you don't know what neighborhood or cluster you live in click on map.

Meeting Date/Time              Cluster Number and Neighborhood                            
7/19  6:30-8:00 pm             #5 Erie, FLint Hill, Lower Gibson,Oak Hill,Warren.                                                                                                    At the Oak Hill Renaissance Center, 345 Oak Hill
 7/21  6-7:30 pm                 #8 East High, East Side, Hazelton                                                                                                                                    At the East High School, 474 Bennington Avenues

7/25 7-8:30 pm                 #3 Belle Vista, Schenley                                                                                                                                                 At  the Millcreek Davis Center, 123 McKinney Ave.

7/26   6-7:30 pm                #6 Cottage Grove, Idora, Newport, Pleasant Grove                                                                                               At  Newport Branch Library, 3730 Market St.

7/28  6-7:30 pm                 #10 Landsdowne, McGuffy Heights                                                                                                                        At the Assoc. Neighborhood Centers,  McGuffey  Centre, 1649 Jacobs Road

8/1  6-7:30 pm                   #11 Arlington, Downtown, Mahoning Commons                                                                                                                  Riverbend, Smoky Hollow, YSU                                                                                                                                    At the Trinity United Methodist Church 30W. Front Street

8/4 6-7:30 pm           #1 Brier Hill, North Heights, Wick Park                                                                                                                            At the Wick Park Recreation Center, 260 Park Ave. 


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bicycling in Youngstown

The summer months provide the perfect weather for bicycling in Youngstown. Compared to other parts of the States, Youngstown is blessed with particularly mild weather. Take advantage of this gorgeous weather by cycling around your hometown. The City of Youngstown has information included on their website for safe routes, trails and other information needed for cycling safety in the city.

The scenery in Youngstown is a mix of lush, green gardens and neighborhoods in a rusty landscape make Youngstown an interesting yet aesthetically pleasing area. Get to know Youngstown by cycling throughout the city. MillCreek Metro Parks is yet another wonderful way for one to take in the landscape of Youngstown. MillCreek has plenty of trails to take advantage of, many of which are listed on their website. The cycling organization, Out-Spokin’ Wheelman of Ohio, have information listed on their website including tips, riding schedule, sponsors and Bike maps in Youngstown.

This summer bike racks will be installed at various points around the city. Updates on the instillation will follow.