Youngstown woman plans landscaping business at former Burkland building

By David Skolnick


A city resident says she’ll spend $70,000 to rehabilitate a long-vacant structure on Market Street to convert it to a landscaping business.

Lisa Robinson took another step forward Tuesday toward her efforts to convert the empty Carl Burkland & Sons flower shop at 3514 Market St. on the city’s South Side into Show Stopper Landscaping.

The city’s Design Review Committee approved her proposal for the building to replace windows and doors, paint the exterior, install awnings on front windows, put up a free-standing sign and repair the driveway and parking lot.

“I’m working to get it fully restored” by September, Robinson said.

She signed a lease last month with the city, which owned the property, for $1 a month with the guarantee she would spend $70,000 to improve the building.

The property is just north of the former Masters Tuxedo building, also vacant for years.

The city, which also owns that property, came to a lease agreement in February with Corey Kemp — similar in detail to the deal with Robinson — to transform that building into a certified nursing-assistant training center.

The committee also approved a proposal to install 17 vinyl banners surrounding the perimeter of St. Columba Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown office with replicas of the church’s stained-glass windows. The location is West Wood, Elm and North Hazel streets and West Rayen Avenue.

The project will cost about $3,000.

The banners would be hung on Ohio Edison poles, presuming the utility company approves the proposal. The company hasn’t been contacted.

“We find out we don’t get an answer or a ‘no’ from Ohio Edison” to have banners hang from their poles when the city has made previous requests, said Bill D’Avignon, DRC chairman and the city’s Community Development Agency director.

Also, the proposal was to have the banners installed to face outward over the street, but DRC members said they’d have to face the street because the original proposal could create a traffic hazard.

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