A portion of a Youngstown street will undergo about $1.4 million in improvements

By David Skolnick



City council will consider legislation Thursday for the board of control to seek proposals and sign a contract with a company to improve Fifth Avenue.

The project is estimated to cost $1.4 million with the city responsible for no more than $40,000 of the cost, said Charles Shasho, deputy director of the public works department. Of the remaining cost, 80 percent will be covered by a federal grant and the rest from a state grant, he said.

The project includes resurfacing the road, curb and sidewalk repairs, catch-basin improvements and pavement markings on Fifth Avenue from U.S. Route 422 to Gypsy Lane on the city’s North Side.

“The street has deteriorated, and there are a lot of potholes,” he said. “We’re excited to get it done.”

The city’s portion is for six catch basins, some replacements and others new to the street, Shasho said.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is paying $20,000 to the city — that’s half of the city’s cost of the project — to be the construction administrator on the work, Shasho said.

The catch-basin work will begin in mid-May and take about 30 days to complete, he said.

The rest of the project should start in late July and be done in October, he said.

Council is meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. instead of Wednesday because not enough members can attend the regularly scheduled meeting, according to an email from Valencia Marrow, city-council clerk. At least six of council’s seven members must vote to pass legislation by emergency measure.

The Fifth Avenue project is one of several street improvements that will be done in the city this summer.

In all, eight projects — mostly on main roads such as Mahoning Avenue, Albert Street, Schenley Avenue and Midlothian Boulevard — will start between now and July, and all are scheduled to be finished by September or October.

The total cost of the work is about $4.84 million, with $4.25 million coming from state and federal funds and about $590,000 from the city.

Also Thursday, council will vote on allowing the board of control to negotiate a lease agreement with Allied Health LLC to operate a certified nursing-assistant training center at 3600 Market St., the former Masters Tuxedo building owned by the city.

The city obtained ownership of the South Side building through foreclosure in December 2010. It’s been vacant for about 12 years and was to be demolished last year before Corey Kemp of Youngstown, owner of Allied, approached city officials with plans to invest money to rehabilitate the structure.

The city’s deal calls for Allied to invest at least $80,000 — the amount of the building’s appraisal — and then the city will give ownership of the property to the company.

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