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Mental health board considers apartments on former Youngstown school property

Published: Tue, January 14, 2014 @ 8:09 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Mental Health Board wants to build 40 one-bedroom apartments for clients on the city’s North Side, and the city school board has given preliminary approval to sell the land for the project.

The board sent a letter of intent, which is a nonbinding document, to the mental health board, outlining the intent to sell 3.6 acres on Covington Street at Madison Avenue to the mental health board. A resolution is expected to be brought before the school board at a later date which, if approved, would formalize the sale.

The sale price is $36,000.

Joe Caruso, president and CEO of Compass Family and Community Services, said at a school board meeting tonight that the state board of mental health and addiction services recently made financing available and the agency is hoping to secure funding for the housing project as part of a partnership with other agencies.

The property, where the former Covington/MLK School once stood, is already zoned to accommodate the apartments.

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1Ianacek(909 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

This land is a public asset paid for & maintained at taxpayers expense . They almost give it away . It looks like a developers dream - a large , flat well drained multi unit development site with a clear title close to Downtown - yet they sell it for a land price equating to only $900 per unit .
Land for sale should be properly marketed , not just marked down at a nominal figure to another agency to build more concentrated poverty with . The site was tailor made for an advertising banner , being right next to a freeway .

We can all see the result of the "pepperpotting" of new HUD homes around the Southside in the last 20 years in blighted neighborhoods . Nothing ! The neighborhoods need more quality residents to regenerate . Youngstown already has sufficient welfare beneficiaries.

I also wonder if the Madison site is the best place for homes for the mentally ill , with the proximity to the freeway . I realise the bridge has barriers , but freeway access is still easy on foot.

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2MLC75(529 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

The school system would never get,the fair market value,for the land.The school board,will have one less piece of property to maintain and some money,is better than,nothing at all.

If anyone thinks the property is worth thousands and thousands of dollars,you are mistaken.

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3UticaShale(854 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

Yeah! Those Choice and Jubilee homes were nothing but a pork job on the taxpayers. The plan was after 15 years they would recoup OUR money by selling them for $85,000 a piece. This is what you get from all pork projects led by the government, insolvency.

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