YOUNGSTOWN Restoration work runs ahead of plan

Full restoration of council's quarters would be a rare opportunity to recapture history, an architect said.
YOUNGSTOWN -- City council chambers and caucus room may be restored to their original appearance during a renovation that is now running ahead of schedule.
Council's buildings and grounds committee agreed Wednesday to feasibility studies on restoring the ornate ceiling of council chambers and the floors of chambers and the council caucus room to their original condition.
"It's not every day that we get this chance to recapture something from history," said Ronald Cornell Faniro, project architect, who added that he'd study the feasibility of the ceiling restoration at no extra charge. "Maybe it'll be an inspiration to give the building here a true second life."
Early start: At the urging of Faniro, the committee also agreed to let Murphy Contracting Co. of Youngstown do a 90-day renovation of council chambers now rather than waiting until council adjourns for the summer in June.
Carmen Conglose Jr., deputy director of public works, said he thought interruption of council's work could be kept to a minimum while the renovation is under way.
If necessary, Rufus Hudson, D-2nd, committee chairman, said council meetings could be moved to an alternative site such as a municipal courtroom.
Hudson said he was "very impressed with the progress that's been made" on the project.
Having nearly completed renovation of the clerk's office area, Murphy expects to finish renovating the caucus room, where it discovered the original hardwood floor, in seven to 10 days, said Mike Gentile, Murphy Contracting superintendent.

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