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DOWNTOWN PLAN The elements



Published: Fri, June 22, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Highlights of the proposed five-year plan from downtown's redevelopment agency. It features 10 elements:

Special improvement district

Study other communities that have them, create a plan and make recommendations within six months.

Property redevelopment

Have all buildings evaluated for environmental problems by Aug. 1 and secure city funding by year's end to remedy the problems.

Secure city funding or assistance to start demolition of all targeted buildings by the end of 2002.

Arts, entertainment, restaurants

Endorse and support the continued expansion of Powers Auditorium, the proposed downtown civic center and relocation of the Youngstown Playhouse to downtown.

Create a grant program in three months, and have the money available within a year, targeted at restaurants and clubs. The goal would be one new attraction a year that will appeal to evening and weekend customers.

Create a partnership within three months with the Downtown Arts Council.

Housing

Study other Ohio cities with downtown residential districts. Partner with Youngstown State University to evaluate housing needs and the feasibility by the end of 2002.

Government

Work to establish downtown as the center of government for the area. Support and encourage the consolidation of federal, state and county agencies downtown.

Youngstown State University

Create a working group of downtown and YSU officials to bring university programs to the central business district.

Business retention

Create within three months a committee that will promote keeping businesses downtown and have a plan in place three months later.

Quality of life

Create within two months a cleanup and maintenance schedule aimed at creating an atmosphere of cleanliness and safety.

Encourage the enforcement of building codes.

Encourage the city to create evening foot patrols in the central business district.

Marketing and promotion

Revive within two months a marketing committee to promote downtown and its activities and have a plan three months later.

Study within three months the feasibility of having several information kiosks with maps, event schedules and a business directory.

Create uniform signs marking downtown parking lots and points of interest.

Create a business marketing package by Sept. 1 and a Web site by Nov. 1.

Parking

Do a study by Dec. 31 on available space and the needs of downtown. Have reasonable parking available at essential times for workers and visitors.

Encourage the city to enforce parking regulations.

Source: CIC property committee




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