Downtown's redevelopment agency, the Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp., handled these items during its meeting Monday:
Talked about a $3.8 million to $4 million proposal that will be made today to city municipal court judges. CIC will propose renovating the first floor of the Kress building on West Federal Street and knocking down the four buildings next to it. In their place would be new, single-floor office space for the court and city clerk of courts. The rent, under a 30-year lease, would be $469,500 a year for the whole complex, including utilities and maintenance. The project would create 30,000 square feet of space, 21,000 of it new. Parking would be behind the building.
Several city council members asked about plans to turn the city hall annex into space for the 7th District Court of Appeals and not municipal court. Council members said the municipal court judges were interested in the space. CIC officials said the city court wasn't interested when the plan, which is before county leaders now, was drawn up. The city court wanted a one-floor plan which wasn't possible in the annex, they said. Since the city owns the annex, the court could have had the space if they wanted it, rather than advertise for other proposals as they did, CIC officials said.
Approved two new members, Frank Hierro, the new regional president at Sky Bank, and Mary Beth Houser, a lawyer with Newman, Olson and Kerr. Both are based downtown. One seat on the CIC board remains open.