Port authority invests in Route 422 study, Warren business incubator

Staff report


The Western Reserve Port Authority will contribute $7,500 to the U.S. Route 422 Corridor Study, a project estimated to cost about $190,000 focused on the area along U.S. Route 422 in Youngstown near V&M Star.

The Trumbull County Planning Commission, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber are among the organizations collaborating on the study.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, port authority members approved spending $5,000 per year for three years to support the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center in Warren.

The money will be used to help with renovations and operation of the center, said Rose Ann DeLeon, executive director of the authority.

The center is selecting a general contractor to renovate the center’s building on West Market Street on Courthouse Square.

The port authority also authorized applying to the Appalachian Regional Commission for a grant that would pay for half the cost of a $248,000 sewer-line project at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. The authority would be responsible for paying the other half of the cost.

The project will be to replace existing sanitary-sewer lines and help prepare for the construction of Phase 5 of the county’s Little Squaw Creek Interceptor sewer line, which will be on state Route 193.

Currently, about 80 percent of the water entering the airport’s sewers are infiltration of storm water because the lines are in bad shape, said Dan Dickten, director of aviation at the airport.

Officials say the construction of the county sewer line is expected to be complete by early 2014, at which time the airport will need to tie into the line. The airport also will need to pay about $500,000 in tie-in fees for the line.

In other business, DeLeon said a business is looking at three sites in Trumbull County and Pennsylvania for construction of a manufacturing facility that would provide 70 to 100 high-paying jobs.

“Some of their customers are in Ohio and the Mahoning Valley, so we’re hopeful,” DeLeon said.

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