Businessmen to replace American Legion Post 472 for vets
By Peter H. Milliken
A group of local businessmen has stepped forward to demolish the American Legion Post 472 at 323 E. Indianola Ave. and replace it with a new handicapped- accessible building on the same site this fall.
The work begins Oct. 2, and the group, known as Core 6, hopes the new building can be completed for the 105-member post in 45 days.
The current building is more than a century old, and its second-floor meeting room is not handicapped- accessible.
The announcement was made Wednesday by the businessmen after the post said in July it was launching a $50,000 to $60,000 Road to Remembrance fund- raising campaign for an addition that would contain a barrier-free, ground-level meeting room and two handicapped- accessible restrooms.
The new handicapped-accessible, ranch-style building will feature a large meeting room, a commercial kitchen and bedrooms for veterans needing social services.
“We had been wanting to do a project to help out a veteran or veterans, and we decided this would be a project we’d want to take on,” said Steve Bott, sales manager at Mark Thomas Ford in Cortland and a Core 6 member.
“We’re going to need help doing a lot of labor. We’re going to need carpenters,” as well as cash donations, said Don Murphy, sales manager at Donnell Ford of Boardman and a member of businessmen’s group.
Monetary donations should go to St. Michael Church in Canfield, with a memo on the check to the Legion 472 project. Donations of labor, construction materials and food for workers are also needed, Bott said.
Demolition is being donated by BEI Excavating of Boardman; architectural services by Greg Strollo; and construction services by Sam Pitzulo Homes of Canfield.
A host of local suppliers have agreed to donate construction materials, and plumbing labor is being donated by Local 396 of the Plumbers and Pipefitters union.
Core 6 is the same group that built a new barrier-free home in 2009 for former KFC manager Joe Kaluza, who was paralyzed by a gunshot to his neck in a March 2008 robbery that followed a staged car crash on South Avenue.