$20M YMHA project OK’d


By David Skolnick



The city’s Design Review Committee approved on Tuesday the design and development of the $20 million to $22 million demolition and replacement of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Westlake Terrace project.

The plan is to replace Westlake Terrace, the nation’s oldest remaining public-housing development, with the 120-rental-unit Village at Arlington, said Clifford Scott, YMHA’s executive director.

The low-income project will be one- to three- bedroom townhouses in 22 buildings on a location between Madison Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Griffith Street, he said.

There are 105 people living at Westlake Terrace, Scott said. They will be relocated to other YMHA properties or given vouchers to live in other Section 8 housing before demolition starts, he said.

Demolition is to begin in 60 to 75 days, Scott said. Demolition will take five to six months.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved the demolition project Friday, Scott said.

Construction on the new buildings will begin early next year and take about 18 months, Scott said.

The Village at Arlington also will have playgrounds, a community garden and a community center, he said.

YMHA will need to return to the committee — which has jurisdiction over the exteriors of properties downtown and surrounding areas — when construction begins to receive approval for the color of the new buildings and the landscaping.

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