Dilapidated downtown building needs to be demolished

Dilapidated downtown building needs to be demolished

YOUNGSTOWN — The Kress Building, a long-vacant 93-year-old dilapidated downtown building, needs to be demolished, but finding the money to do so is proving to be a challenge, says an official with the agency that owns the structure.

During the past few months, the Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp., a nonprofit downtown property agency run by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, determined the building on West Federal Street, next door to the 7th District Court of Appeals, cannot be saved, said Dave Kosec, the CIC’s project manager.

The CIC doesn’t know the cost of demolition — though it’s expected to be six figures — and doesn’t have a way to pay for that work, Kosec said.

CIC board members have been in talks with city officials about the building.

The city has no plans to buy the building, Mayor Charles Sammarone said.

For the complete story, read Tuesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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