YOUNGSTOWN Design board OKs plans to renovate building

The new owner, a former commissioner, said the building's location is a plus.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A nondescript building on Mahoning Avenue is getting a face-lift from a new owner.
The city's design review board approved renovation plans Wednesday from David Engler. He is moving his law office and Internet-based business from Boardman into the building at 805 Mahoning Ave.
Engler, a former Mahoning County commissioner, said he needs more space to expand his three-member firm and technology company, The site is a spot where governments can buy and sell property.
The building's location near Interstate 680 makes it attractive, Engler said. So does being within the rebounding Mahoning Commons neighborhood, he said.
In the area
Mahoning Commons, just outside downtown, features a mix of occupants. Many have made investments in the neighborhood in the past few years. The B & amp;O Station, Anthony's-on-the-River, Fellows Riverside Gardens, the Victorian Players and Star Supply are among them.
The 11,500-square-foot office was built in 1946. The building originally was a small car dealership.
Engler said he will make a $350,000 investment into the building. The primary exterior changes will be restoring windows to the building. Windows were covered up after the dealership closed and the building became an office.
He also will add new signs and flagpoles.

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