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Youngstown panel OKs 30-foot-long sign on downtown building


Published: Wed, January 8, 2014 @ 12:06 a.m.

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By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The city’s Design Review Committee approved a request from a downtown property group to hang a three-story-long sign on the Legal Arts Building promoting its company.

The kicker is the sign was put on the vacant building at 101 Market St. about a month ago without the committee’s permission.

Bill D’Avignon, the DRC chairman and the city’s Community Development Agency director, said Tuesday that he saw the 30-foot-long, 15-foot-wide sign last month and knew the NYO Property Group, which owns the building, hadn’t received the committee’s approval for the sign. He then called NYO officials to have them come to Tuesday’s committee meeting to seek permission for the sign.

Any exterior changes to buildings downtown and in surrounding areas must receive DRC approval before work is done, though the committee has granted permission for work after its concluded.

NYO officials were in front of the DRC about two months ago to get approval for exterior signs for the Rust Belt Brewing Co., a business in the company’s Erie Terminal Place at 112 W. Commerce St.

D’Avignon asked at Tuesday’s DRC meeting why the company didn’t get permission before putting up the sign — made of a hard vinyl/Plexiglass-like material. An NYO representative at the meeting didn’t have an answer.

The committee agreed to allow NYO to keep the sign on the building for the next six months.

NYO purchased the Legal Arts Building, one of downtown’s largest vacant buildings, for $175,000, in March 2012. The building, vacant since late 2004, remains empty.

NYO is currently working to convert the vacant downtown Wick Building into a 52-unit rental and extended-stay facility at a cost of $15 million to $16 million.


Comments

1author50(1121 comments)posted 6 months ago

Sign reads: "TAXDOLLARS FOR THE FEW, THE CONNECTED AND THE WELL OFF"

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2cycler(26 comments)posted 6 months ago

And this bothers you why author50 ?

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3author50(1121 comments)posted 6 months ago

@cycler -- I don't know, just one of those idiots that believes that government(s) shouldn't be involved in real estate and if you have the time, go and view the public records of the applications for the ooddles of taxpayer money doled out. Maybe you believe in giving people hundreds of thousands dollars to people with felony records, liens, garnishments, no significant assets, prior bankruptcies, no business experience, etc., because it makes you 'feel good'. I don't.

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4southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 6 months ago

It would seem that there are other pressing issues in the city besides a sign hanging without permission.

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5Jronjakoh(6 comments)posted 6 months ago

southsiderdave, Exactly! Someone just wanted their 15 minutes of fame by making it a cost to those involved. Maybe looking for a post on the next Council member votes??

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6johnyoung(238 comments)posted 6 months ago

It is absolutely amazing to me why this story on a sign which essentially affects no one rates a spot on the Vindicator's home page, while a story about Youngstown's various non-compliance issues related to a state audit, which affects nearly every taxpayer in the city, is buried somewhere toward the end of today's local news.

Maybe Mr. Sweetwood could explain the Vindicator's logic, or lack thereof?

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7cycler(26 comments)posted 6 months ago

author50 seems to have excess time on his hands to be worked about such trivial matters. I say GOOD ON THEM for investing in the city, touting their investment and spurring growth and spending. The City has codes to enforce and rules to follow. What have YOU contributed to the good of the city, eh? You cannot fault the department for following the regulations they were hired to uphold and enforce. But hey - thanks for playing !

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