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$20M YMHA project OK’d



Published: Wed, July 6, 2011 @ 12:02 a.m.

120-UNIT VILLAGE TO REPLACE WESTLAKE

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

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.


Comments

1ytownsteelman(626 comments)posted 3 years ago

How about just tearing them down and not replacing them. If you want to improve Youngstown the No. 1 thing that you can do is get rid of the low income housing. Make them get jobs and buy housing on the open market like the rest of us have to do.

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2lee(544 comments)posted 3 years ago

How old is Westlake terrace now?
What condition are they in?
Why should the tax payers pay $20,000,000, for a new house for someone else?

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3nape(9 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Westlake Terrace was originally called Westlake Housing Village . It was dedicated in January 1940 making it 71 years old this year . First Lady Elenore Roosevelt attended the dedication because it represented the first time that the federal funds were used to build public housing . yes a federal project . westlake was needed for the times,that time has past us by . There is alot of cheap housing that is avalible,back than there was not alot of housing . Youngstown has housing that can be reconditioned at a cheaper cost to the taxpayers like me .

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