Trumbull County planners to focus on ‘central core’ project

Staff report


The Trumbull County Planning Commission hopes to partner with several other entities in an application for a grant that would focus on Warren’s downtown.

The commission hopes to join with the city of Warren, the Western Reserve Port Authority, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, Warren-Trumbull County Community Improvement Corp. and other organizations.

The application would be for a grant of up to $200,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to carry out the planning for a project that would use a small area — perhaps a neighborhood, downtown district, city block, former industrial area or commercial corridor — and redevelop it.

Trish Nuskievicz, director of the planning commission, said the project fits with the movement across the country to focus on the “central core” of a community as a catalyst for redevelopment to radiate outward and benefit the whole area.

Twenty Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grants will be awarded.

The application will be filed in September.

The Area-Wide Planning grant program began in 2010.

Over the years, the relatively small investment of federal funding has leveraged more than 87,000 jobs from both public and private sources, according to the EPA website.

The county is working with the city on several projects, such as the evaluation of brownfield sites in the county, focused on the Golden Triangle area of Howland and Warren. It is being carried out with a $600,000 EPA grant.

The planning commission and city also worked together on the Warren Greenway bike trail and other projects, Nuskievicz said.

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