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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.


1CCADTI(80 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Emminent domain is a legalized way to steal your property from you by the government. The laws were made for their convenience. You basically have no rights. People just think they do.

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2cityguy(109 comments)posted 5 years, 6 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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3westside(47 comments)posted 5 years, 5 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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