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City can seize and demolish Grenga Machine

Published: Fri, March 27, 2009 @ 5:05 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A magistrate’s decision has cleared the way for the city to seize and demolish the Grenga Machine and Welding Co. storage building under eminent domain.

Dan Pribich, deputy city law director, said the decision allows the city to take possession of the building at 128 W. Rayen Ave., which the city plans to do on April 14. The city plans to have its contractor perform a pre-demolition assessment that day, he added.

At the end of a Friday hearing, Magistrate Daniel P. Dascenzo of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, denied building owner Joseph Grenga’s request for a preliminary injunction to prevent the city from altering or demolishing the building until the case is resolved.

The magistrate’s ruling came in a hearing concerning a $500,000 lawsuit, in which Grenga accuses the city of violating his right to due process and of causing him financial losses in the city’s quest to take his property.

The city will take and raze Grenga’s building to enable a northward extension of Hazel Street in conjunction with Youngstown State University’s new $34.3 million business school, for which construction will begin this spring.


1wolfrun1(100 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

What is very sad about this is by doing this is may be getting rid of more jobs ,,,and you tell me in our econimic state .... can this be afforded ? Not to mention the tax dollars that youngstown will lose of this building along with taxes lost from the lost jobs ..... and Youngstown wonders why they are broke ....GO FIGURE !!!!!!!!!!

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2cityguy(109 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

Huh? The guy used the building for storage, so I don't think any jobs are being lost here and the taxes on a building valued at around $95,000 aren't much. I think the bigger question is does this road really need to be extended? I can't see why...

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3NoBS(2819 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

Cityguy, no, the road doesn't need to be extended. I'm not even sure why anybody thinks it should be extended - I don't see what they gain.

Everyone, if you think you "own" your house and lot, just try not paying your property taxes and see what you "own."

I think at first, Grenga was holding out for that big payday - he grabbed up that building knowing that one day YSU would be expanding. They've offered him more than double what he paid for it - this in a market that's going down every day. I think he held out for some astronomical figure for too long, and now he knows he'll make some money on it, but to save face he has to carry on like he's losing money or something.

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4westside(47 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

Wolfrun, NO ONE is employed at that building. It is used for storage of BROKEN MACHINES. Cityguy, the property value is only $63,000. He's paying property taxes on a value that's $30,000 LESS than the value he keeps shouting about. He's had the building (a 103 year old structure that no one else has any interest in) for less than eight years and has done nothing to add to its value or to make it productive.

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