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Market Street mural will be farewell gift to city

Published: Wed, April 3, 2013 @ 3:16 a.m.


A vacant building on Market Street, just south of downtown, will get an exterior makeover with a mural that celebrates the city’s downtown nightlife.

The city’s Design Review Committee on Tuesday approved a proposal from Community Corrections Association Inc., a halfway house on Market Street, to commission an artist to paint the mural on the south side of 519 Market St.

The former Gollan’s Honda Motorcycle Sales building is owned by Brian and Brandon Larew, who purchased the vacant structure for $8,000 in December 2011.

Patty Larew plans to open a consignment shop at the location, said Richard Billak, CCA’s chief executive officer, who is retiring in

December from the agency he co-founded in 1974.

For the past 12 years, CCA has spent about $800,000 tearing down blighted structures and doing landscaping work on Market Street.

Billak said the mural, which has a “Bourbon Street” style, is his farewell present to the city. The mural will cost about $15,000, he said.

For more on the project, read today's Vindicator or Vindy.com.


1georgejeanie(802 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Wow, a consignment shop, How many second hand stores do we need in this once proud city? And now a mural that cost more than the building. This has to be government money. Nobody in the business community is going to spend $15,000.00 to paint a "Bourbon Street" mural on a dilapidated building on the Southside of Youngstown. Come on people get serious.

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2TERRAPINST(302 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

1st of all GeorgeJeanie, it's not government money. 2nd of all please tell me how you can criticize any beautification project of the city? 3rdly CCA has spent close to a million bucks trying to remove blight in your "once proud city". 4thly take your negativity, grab a broom, bucket and paintbrush and contribute some of your time and money to making an effort as opposed to criticizing those who actually do something. With your in-depth urban planning knowledge we should see some results in no time. What an a--.

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3123goz(580 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

More of a concern is how long it will be before some gangsta artist tags it with his own theme. They would be better off to commission a gang member, many of whom have amazing talent, then the mural would have some sort of 'protection'.

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4DToohey(10 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you Terrapinst, Georgejeanie Its that kind of negativity that has held your once proud city back. Yes its only a consignment shop but its a start. Would you rather see it left vacant? Alot of people are taking chances and trying to bring business back to the city and I commend them for that. I personally love going downtown and seeing all the activity going on, Growing up in Youngstown I haven't seen that many people downtown in the evenings since I was a kid. The proud people of Youngstown are making an effort to reviatalize the city supporting them would go alot further than criticism.

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5zz3(931 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

123goz/georgejeane you are right on with your comments. To those that object its not as if they are criticizing or being negative as much as it is the truth sadly. I too loved to go downtown and worked there as a teenager it was great. But there was also law and order and a culture of respect for people and the law!! The recent city administrators/Police admin also have let the city decay by letting the sub-culture population of cockroaches rule the city now known as "Thusgstown"! There is a reason for the name!! Our locals seem to be spineless to charge and prosecute this culture to the fullest for fear of backlash or public outcry over targeting areas. There are times you can recover but this is not the time. Thoughts are over the last 15 yrs is downtown Thugstown is headed how Detroit is. Based on historical history of our "crack" city administrators they'll continue to make up nifty crime fighting plans, vigils, etc... all that require little if no thought hoping not to offend anyone. Its not "negativity" its truth (sad) To improve you have to admit truth and improve by bugging your local gov't officials to see results in violent/personal crime. Good luck. I have tried but they are not real responsive to being questioned but I continue. Go to city meetings in #'s and speak the truth to get them to improve. Painting is nice but won't solve our problems for sure

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6southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

A mural that celebrates the city’s downtown nightlife? I'm not convinced that is what the city needs right now.

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