Agencies study economic revival of Route 422 corridor near V&M
Several local agencies are combining efforts to revitalize an industrial corridor.
The Trumbull County Planning Commission, the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber are working with Youngstown officials to study growth potential along U.S. Route 422 between Girard and Youngstown.
“We want to create an economic gateway off Interstate 80 that will complement V&M,” said Tom Humphries, CEO of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. “We want to see other capital investments and other capital businesses.”
The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber, the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Trumbull County Planning Commission have been charged with administering an economic research study.
The area has experienced significant growth since V&M Star recently completed its a $1.1 billion pipe making facility. The company produced its first steel pipe from the new facility in October.
A U.S. Route 422 Redevelopment Plan by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Trumbull County Planning Commission characterized the area as a “largely industrial landscape adjacent to distressed neighborhoods with vacant lots, blighted housing and high rates of poverty.” The 422 corridor between Girard and Youngstown has traditionally been an area of industry and manufacturing, the plan said.
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