A downtown cookie shop is to open next month

By David Skolnick



A gourmet cookie shop is expected to open later this month on the ground floor of Erie Terminal Place, a downtown apartment complex.

The city’s Design Review Committee approved exterior signs Tuesday for One Hot Cookie, which is to open on the North Phelps Street corner of Erie Terminal at 112 W. Commerce St.

There is room for three other businesses on the ground floor of the building, said Mark Taylor, chief financial officer for the NYO Property Group LLC, a company that handles property acquisition and development for Dominic Marchionda and Pan Brothers Associates, which own several downtown Youngstown properties, including Erie Terminal.

In 2011, a year before the $9 million Erie Terminal project was completed, it was announced that Friends Roastery, a coffee cafe, was going to open at the building. But Taylor said Tuesday that project is “still in limbo.”

There are other businesses “in discussions” to move to Erie Terminal, Taylor said, but “nothing is firm.”

There are two residential vacancies at the 40-rental-unit Erie Terminal, Taylor said. The complex’s primary tenants are Youngstown State University graduate students and upperclassmen as well as young professionals.

Next up is the renovation of the vacant Wick Building at 34 W. Federal St., turning it into apartments and an extended-stay hotel, Taylor said.

“We’re working on securing our financing,” he said.

Construction could begin as soon as July on the project, which is estimated to cost about $16 million, Taylor said.

Also Tuesday, the Design Review Committee agreed to permit Jack Rabbit LLC, the parent company of Iron and String Life Enhancement Inc. and the Purple Cat, to place an aluminum sign with the logos of both agencies and the words “Youngstown Proud Since 1998,” on a vacant building also owned by Jack Rabbit at 28 Fifth Ave.

ISLE provides job skills, daily life skills and recreational activities for mentally and physically impaired people. It operates the Purple Cat workshop as well as Touch the Moon Candy Saloon and is planning to open a bakery and luncheonette. All of the businesses are downtown.

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