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A-1 owner tries to get $250,000 for repairs



Published: Thu, April 19, 2012 @ 12:06 a.m.

Selling deck may be only option, city told

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Sammarone

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The owner of a condemned downtown parking deck said he can’t afford to pay the $250,000 needed for improvements to the structure, and likely will look to sell it.

In a letter to city officials, Yeshohua Weider of Brooklyn, N.Y., who owns A-1 Parking at 23 W. Boardman St., wrote that the engineer he hired — I.A. Lewin, P.E. and Associates of Cleveland — reinspected the deck. The engineer’s $250,000 estimate includes making repairs to beams, corroded columns and windows.

Weider wrote he is “trying very hard to obtain [government] funding or a loan against the building” but hasn’t been successful.

“If we would not be able to find any funds or loan, we would be left with no other choice but to sell the building,” he wrote.

Mayor Charles Sammarone said the city won’t provide money to Weider and doubts there are any state or federal funds for the work.

But the mayor said if the deck is put on the market, he expects it would be sold.

“Someone would be interested in buying it,” Sammarone said. “Things are happening downtown, so there is interest in property. At the right price, anything can be sold.”

The city condemned the five-story deck March 15 because it poses an “imminent danger,” city officials say.

The city contacted Weider about an inspection in November 2010 after portions of the building’s exterior fell onto the street. A month later, Weider hired I.A. Lewin to inspect the 200-parking-space building. Lewin’s report, completed March 30, 2011, and given to the city Aug. 24 of that year, stated immediate structural work was needed at the deck.

Weider, who bought the building in 2009 for $200,000, said he didn’t have the money for the improvements.

Weider had been critical of city officials for condemning the building.

But Sammarone said Weider’s engineer vindicates the city.

“It confirms what we thought: It needs repairs,” Sammarone said.

With Weider contending he can’t afford the improvement work, Sammarone said city law department officials will look to see what can be done with the deck.

“If a structure is vacant, you have to follow laws,” the mayor said. “He still owns the structure. It’s his responsibility. I don’t want the city to own the building. [The law department] is researching what he has to do. He needs to maintain it.”


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1doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

He doesn't have the money, yeah right.

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2DwightK(1250 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Given the renovation that is happening downtown, this is a good investment for someone who lives in this area.

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3PhilKidd(186 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

So, you bought a parking deck which was structurally unsound (which your own engineer confirmed) yet you had no financial means to bring up it up to code? And now you want tax-payer dollars to help you out or you will sell?

Folks: this is why code enforcement and community pressure is important. This owner would have not made the type of (basic) improvements necessary if it wasn't for those two things...sucking up what money he could make...then walking away (like with so many other structures in the city) and leaving us with another eyesore. The next owner will make the improvements or they won't be able to open the deck.

Welcome to the new Youngstown: we have standards and they will be enforced.

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4TERRAPINST(302 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Who is this Kidd guy. I'm all for helping and aiding our community, but as far as I can tell this Kidd (haha) moved to Youngstown, designed a Tshirt and now hes an urban renewal guru with an unfinished degree in criminal justice. He's got some story about being impoverished and eating ramen noodles in college. He's been politically and publically employed since he's arrived. Philwhy dont you start a business without government funds to show your dedication to the area? By the way, EVERYBODY lives on Ramen noodles in college.

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5georgejeanie(792 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

What so called business in downtown Youngstown has not had government help? Because the owner of the parking garage is from out of town he does not know how Youngstown works. He has to put a couple of local politicians in his pocket the the government purses will open. It is either government buildings, or government lending socalled entreprenuers getting government handouts to stay in Youngstown.

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6TERRAPINST(302 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

How much money was garnered by C Staples for their renovations? I know do you?

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7shehateme(9 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

It's about time someone told that Kidd to shut up. He always has to put in his two cents for every article about the city. Pretty sure he'll be runnning for mayor soon.

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8TERRAPINST(302 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Can you spell p-o-l-i-t-c-a-l-a-s-p-i-r-a-t-i-o-n-s? They call him Mayor at the MVOC that snobby think tank of do-gooders with a pretty flimsy track record. I still recall the video when the HUD money was lost and old Phil went down to scold them and get it back when they were informed that the grant application didn't even possess the minimum standards for review. Was more like a literacy issue.

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