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Youngstown mayor: Move some large downtown events to Covelli

Published: Fri, August 9, 2013 @ 4:48 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — With summer festivals that close downtown streets to vehicular and even pedestrian traffic for days, along with an increase in the number of people living in that area, Mayor Charles Sammarone is proposing some events consider relocating next year to the nearby Covelli Centre.

The city is receiving complaints from some downtown residents about festivals that block access to their apartments and vehicles and are too noisy, the mayor said.

Some downtown business owners have complained that event organizers put up gates in front of their buildings — sometimes two days before a festival starts — making it difficult for customers and clients to park nearby and even walk to the businesses, Sammarone added.

“With people living downtown, it’s their neighborhood, and we don’t want it to be noisy or difficult for them to leave their homes,” he said.

And blocking main downtown streets for days for several weekends during the summer can be frustrating, Sammarone said.

“I get hot myself trying to get around downtown,” he said.

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