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Mahoning Co. official recommends loan for additional Oakhill renovations



Published: Thu, June 30, 2011 @ 3:03 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County’s chief deputy auditor is recommending the county borrow an extra $3.5 million this fall to pay for additional renovations and improvements at the county-owned Oakhill Renaissance Place.

Carol McFall told the county commissioners in a staff meeting today that only $833,651 remains uncommitted from the $5 million the county initially borrowed in the bond market for renovations at Oakhill, which the county bought in 2006.

“It doesn’t take long for $833,000 to disappear,” McFall told the commissioners.

McFall also said only $68,106 remains uncommitted of the $2.9 million the county borrowed separately in a federal economic recovery loan to install a new air conditioning system in the former hospital. Oakhill is the former Forum Health Southside Medical Center.

The $5 million has paid for renovations to accommodate the county’s Department of Job and Family Services, Veterans’ Service Commission and recycling division, which have already moved to Oakhill, and the county board of elections, which will move from the county’s South Side Annex to Oakhill later this summer.

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1yeahright(20 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

And the ones who were against this purchase have been indicted??? What about the ones who've been STEALING tax payers money to renovate this money pit? Only in Mahoning County the ones who look out for the tax payers are "criminals". What a racket!!!

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2TERRAPINST(281 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

OKAY!!!!! Now we're seeing it. I suppose supporters of the Wastehill Initiative think this is another strong fiscal action for the citizens of Mahoning County. Dont have Ol' Georgie Boy around to hide the money anymore!!!!

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3highcherokee(41 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Did you know that the Cafaro deal at Garland Plaza was month-to-month? He said if the county signed a long term deal he would invest the money to fix it up. I don't blame him.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The hoods around the mall have deteriorated and who would want to stay and do business there ?

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5TERRAPINST(281 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Again, Garland was bad. we agree. How much do we have to put into Oakhill for you to admit it was an irresponsible decision? This was a horrible alternative to an admittedly bad situation, far worse. I agree Leave McGuffey, but Wastehill is killing us. It is very dire when a county has to float bonds to pay for facilities that were supposedly going to save us money.

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6tonne(199 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

My job frequently takes me to the Department of Vital Statistics Office and the Coroner's Office, both of which are in the Renaisannce Place. While some offices, like the Coroner's and Veteran's Services (which I have visited also) seem to have been remodeled and look good, others do not. True there is plenty of space there, but the building itself needs much work. One of the two elevators at entrance B was out of service for several months before being repaired. Both elevators look worn and out-of-date. The carpeting where Vital Statistics is located is badly stained and very dirty. The walls need painted. It's cold there in the winter and hot in the summer. The entire facility does not have enough public parking now, let alone if or when they move other offices there. The parking deck, which is reserved for employees, is old and most likely will need renovation sometime soon. My guess is that it will take years and many millons more to make that place decent. It definitely looks like the purchase was a mistake at this point. I, too, think a more suitable existing facility could have been found or one could have been built for far less than this one will cost overall.

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