Meeting to gather comments on proposals for downtown

YOUNGSTOWN -- The city Department of Public Works will have a public meeting on Thursday to receive comments on the proposed rehabilitation of West Federal Street between Phelps Street and Fifth Avenue downtown.
The session will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in city council chambers, City Hall Building, 26 S. Phelps St., sixth floor.
Design alternatives were evaluated, each potentially resulting in different aesthetic and operational qualities for the project. A review of these alternatives and information collected to date will be available.
One proposal is to keep the center medians and the parallel parking spaces on that section of West Federal Street the same, but pave the street and make improvements to the curbs and sidewalks.
A more expensive plan would remove the medians, relocate lighting to the sidewalk from the medians, and convert the 40 parallel parking spots, most of them metered, into 85 free diagonal spaces.
There are no cost estimates for the proposals.
The meeting will be in an informal, open house format. No formal presentation will be made. Representatives form the Department of Public Works and the city's engineering consultant will discuss the preliminary project design alternatives and answer questions regarding environmental issues, right-of-way and project design.
Various exhibits as well as maps, environmental documents and preliminary design plans will be displayed.
Anyone wishing to submit a written statement or exhibit may present it at the meeting or mail it to Carmen S. Conglose Jr., deputy director of public works, 26 S. Phelps St., Youngstown 44503.
The final date for submission of comments will be Sept. 30.

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