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Parking proposal ‘is not dead’



Published: Tue, March 15, 2011 @ 12:07 a.m.

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Lou Frangos

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

City council’s decision to wait on amending a parking contract means several VXI Global Solutions employees have a longer walk to work.

The city has a contract with USA Parking Systems Inc. for the latter to provide 250 spots at its Plaza Parking Deck, 16 N. Champion St., for VXI workers at a cost to the city of $5,000 a month.

Because of VXI’s expansion at the city-owned 20 Federal Place from about 500 to 1,100 employees, the city’s administration came to a tentative deal in January with USA to double the number of spots and the monthly cost of the contract. VXI is an inbound customer-care call center.

As part of VXI’s deal to come downtown and then expand, the city agreed to provide free parking to the company’s workers.

Council decided last month to not approve the amended USA contract with members saying they had questions on the agreement including the structural quality of the parking deck and the amount of improvement work done to the facility.

The proposal also initially had incorrect financial figures, they said.

“We had questions about how VXI cars are counted,” said Councilman DeMaine Kitchen, D-2nd. “We also want to see if [the deck is] a solid structure. [The proposal is] not dead and council hasn’t rejected it. We want more information.”

Lou Frangos, president of USA Parking, said he’s been “overly patient with all the city’s delays,” and after no movement from Youngstown government officials, the company restricted VXI employee parking spots at the deck to 250 on Monday.

The city opened up free parking spots at the Covelli Centre, which it owns, adding more of a walk for VXI workers to get to their office at 20 W. Federal St.

If those workers want to park at the deck, the cost is $4.25 a day.

Frangos said he deeply discounted parking spots at the deck for VXI through his agreement with the city.

Frangos receives $20 a month for each of the 250 parking spaces for VXI employees in a lot with spots that cost $35 to $80 a month.

He wants the city to pay him for VXI employees using the additional parking spaces going back to January; something city administrators say they’ll do.

“They’ve been parking 150 extra cars and [the deck’s condition] is obviously OK,” Frangos said. “Now that I want to be paid, they’re bringing up building issues. It’s very frustrating. I find it a little disingenuous they’re doing this now. If you don’t want to use the garage, no one’s got a gun to their heads. They can park elsewhere.”

Frangos said he’s invested more than $1.3 million in improvements to the deck.

Though Frangos is willing to work with the city, he said he’s losing patience with the city.

T. Sharon Woodberry, the city’s economic development director, said the city and Frangos are “making progress,” and this is a “short-term issue.”

Mayor Jay Williams also said he was hopeful the issue would be resolved soon.

VXI officials in Youngstown couldn’t be reached Monday by The Vindicator to comment.


Comments

1Askmeificare(694 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

What about the hammer to the screw job Jaminet received from the Elton John Concert?

Have those issues been taken care of?

The city should have paid Jaminet $20 x 400= $8,000.00 . Don't worry about my math - I'm on it.

How slow do these city council people have to move before they realize that they ARE THE PROBLEM?

These councilmen and councilwoman cannot keep the small business person happy, then how will they keep the big employers happy?

COUNCILWOMAN ANNIE GILLIAM Thank you for working for US!!

COUNCILMAN DEMAINE KITCHEN - WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? PLEASE RESIGN!

COUNCILMAN JAMAEL TITO BROWN - WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? PLEASE RESIGN!

COUNCILMAN MICHAEL RAY - WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? PLEASE RESIGN!

COUNCILMAN PAUL DRENNEN - WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? PLEASE RESIGN!

COUNCILWOMAN JANET TARPLEY - WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? PLEASE RESIGN!

COUNCILMAN JOHN SWIERZ - WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? PLEASE RESIGN!

ALL OF YOU CITY COUNCIL FOLK ARE WAY OUTTA CONTROL AND WILL NOT BE RE-ELECTED AND MUST RESIGN!

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2joly1584(22 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I would like to see where the $1.3 million was spent.

I stopped taking the elevators a few years ago when the inspection certificates were invalid. The steps on the southwest corner are now buckling.

Water backs up into the basement every time it rains.

The city has done way too much for Lou Frangos. He has to start being a responsible landlord on all of his properties.

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3Traveler(606 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Is the city of Youngstown so desperate for jobs that it will pay a company's every business cost to get it to move to Youngstown.

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4joly1584(22 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

The city seems to be doing everything it can to get new business downtown. What is it doing to keep established business downtown. Agency on Aging and Butler Wick are two of the more recent departures. I have heard there are some of Frangos tenants that are considering leaving downtown also.

The city income tax and lack of "quality" parking are two of the reasons heard most often for business leaving.

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