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Group investigates TIGER grant for Route 422 corridor



Published: Sun, August 17, 2014 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Jeanne Starmack

starmack@vindy.com

GIRARD

A federal grant of at least $10 million would go a long way toward rehabilitating the U.S. Route 422 corridor from Youngstown into Girard.

A group that is involved in a study to do just that is working toward applying for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant, said Girard Mayor Jim Melfi, who sat in at a meeting about the grant Aug. 6 at the Trumbull County commissioners’ office.

Also at the meeting were Trumbull County and Youngstown representatives.

One drawback they talked about, Melfi said, is coming up with a $2.5 million local share that would be required for the grant, which would be a minimum of $10 million. It could come from every community, business and stakeholder in the corridor, he said.

“Everyone at the meeting is in agreement to further investigate the possibility, but where do we get the $2.5 million?” he said.

Before it can even apply for the discretionary U.S. Department of Transportation grant, the group has to have the local money, said Julie Green, grants manager for Trumbull County, who also was at the meeting.

She said the group, which is led by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and the Trumbull County Planning Commission and includes housing authorities, land banks, foundations and Vallourec Star, also would have to have an environmental review; finalize the project scope, or exactly what will be included in the revitalized corridor; have money for engineering; and prepare an engineering schedule.

She said the deadline for this year’s TIGER applications was in April, and she does not know next year’s deadline.

The corridor, which includes industries, small businesses and neighborhoods, is bounded by Liberty Street in Girard to the north, Belmont Avenue in Liberty to the east, state Route 711 in Youngstown to the south and Meridian Road in Youngstown to the west. It gets a face-lift in a $146,745 study presented in February by Interface Studio, a Philadelphia-based urban-design and planning firm.

The proposal includes increased industrial areas, more lighting, medians, sidewalks, bike paths and improvements for neighborhoods.

Green said these political subdivisions and entities have been involved in the corridor effort: Girard, Youngstown, Trumbull County, Trumbull County Housing Authority, Trumbull County Land Bank, Western Reserve Port Authority, Mahoning County Land Bank, Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, Raymond John Wean Foundation, Youngstown Foundation, Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and the Community Foundation of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, all funding partners for the study.


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1UticaShale(854 comments)posted 4 months ago

The $2.5M can easily be realized with the new Mahoning County Landbank forfeiting all delinquent parcels around the corridor, requesting the State assign the 422 mineral rights. The Land and Minerals rights will likely have more value than the total requirement. Monetizing these assets will be expedient due to the amount of acreage enticing the market.

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2thirtyninedollars(319 comments)posted 4 months ago

Increase industrial area? That entire section of 422 is industrial blight. So you expect an industrial area to create jobs and look pretty at the same time?
I'm sure the oil industry would love to get in there and frack right next to the mahoning river.
They haven't destroyed enough of the ground aquifer in this region yet!
Sounds like a great way to waste money. Go for it Girard and Youngstown.

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3UticaShale(854 comments)posted 4 months ago

Jeanne,

Tried to email you, I use Chrome so I was afraid to reconfigure.

Atty. Joe Bishara of Roth,Blair , Roberts and Lodge is completing the packaging of historic cemetery land on the eastside , returning acreage to the community, with minerals and more land from the county Landbank. Flora of the Landbank and Atty. Samarone have been very instrumental on this specific project.
It is working because Bishara has the nonprofit ability for IRS land exchanges. My intentionally brief solution to the 422 project can work for the 422 corridor. Please inform this 422 group that Atty. Bishara is now experienced in distress land and revenue projects and might be able assist the county Landbank.

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