2010 Warren hopes to learn from Youngstown's development plan

There also may be a study of the Warren Police Department's strength.
WARREN -- Mayor Michael O'Brien is studying the Youngstown 2010 plan and says he will ask a Youngstown State University department to develop a similar approach refined for Warren.
The similarities between Youngstown and Warren, O'Brien said Friday, are too great to ignore.
That's why O'Brien was in the audience Thursday as more than 1,300 people heard the Youngstown 2010 action plan announced at Stambaugh Auditorium.
"In sitting at the meeting, it was apparent that Youngstown and Warren have relatively the same issues," O'Brien said. He found:
UTheir industrial and manufacturing base began at the same time "and in some respects was abandoned at the same time."
UEntryways to both cities are in disrepair.
UEach has the same needs for housing rehabilitation.
UEach city is in the midst of school reconstruction programs, largely funded by the state. Both cities will have to work to develop the sites of former schools that are torn down or left standing.
"In listening to Youngstown, there is a snapshot of Warren's 2010 plan," O'Brien said.
O'Brien was soaking up ideas during the presentation; so were Anthony Iannucci, director of Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corp., and William Horton of the Trumbull 100 group of Warren business and civic leaders.
Though similar, Warren and Youngstown are not identical, O'Brien stressed. That's why he will examine the Youngstown 2010 plan and ask YSU "to develop our plan," the mayor said.
After conducting 11 neighborhood meetings attended by more than 800 people over two years and poring over past plans, Youngstown's planning department and YSU's Center for Urban and Regional Studies Department developed the city's first comprehensive land-use plan since 1951.
Youngstown, the plan makes clear, is on the smallish side of midsized cities. Therefore, it must align itself with the realities of a new regional economy; the city must be made healthier and a better place to live; and it must develop an achievable and practical action-oriented plan to make things happen.
YSU advice
O'Brien met Wednesday with Hunter Morrison, a veteran urban planner and director of YSU Urban and Regional Studies.
The meeting with Morrison, however, was not specifically about 2010.
O'Brien said they met to discuss the possibility of studying the Warren Police Department's authorized strength and rank structure. O'Brien said he asked for a cost proposal to be given to the city.
When O'Brien is done combing through Youngstown's 2010 plan, he'll ask to "pull YSU in" for the 2010 effort in Warren, he explained.
Youngstown's new plan details changes in the city's industrial, residential and recreational areas. Plans call for establishing a "green network," which would entail more open space, recreational areas and wetlands.
The Youngstown plan would involve creating competitive industrial districts by reclaiming old steel mill property, creating viable neighborhoods to compete for residents and creating a vibrant and safe city core.
"With the 2010 plan, as Youngstown goes, so goes Warren," said O'Brien, who has long been a proponent of working with neighboring communities. "I feel, if we think regionally, we'll be able to carry a lot more weight."

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