Downtown visitors will be greeted by signs welcoming them.
One “Welcome to Downtown Youngstown” sign was unveiled Friday on the south end of Central Square. The sign on the north end will be installed next week.
The signs, placed 2 feet in the ground with concrete, can be lit at night from nearby ground lights. Flower beds will be planted surrounding the signs in the spring.
Also, in a couple of months, about 60 new street signs will include “Downtown Youngstown” on them.
“It’s to help establish and recognize downtown as a new neighborhood,” said Bill D’Avignon, the city’s Community Development Agency director.
The city will spend about $5,000 for the street signs from federal Community Development Block Grant money, he said.
The Raymond John Wean Foundation’s Neighborhood Success Grant program provided the $2,200 needed for the two large signs on Central Square.
“We’re continuing to raise the standard of the look of the city,” said Sharon Letson, executive director of Youngstown CityScape, a program that focuses on city beautification.
In the past few years, the city has paid for street signs for six other neighborhoods, D’Avignon said. They are Idora, Lincoln Knolls, Brownlee Woods, Pleasant Grove, Garden District and Arlington Heights.