facebooktwitterRSS
- Advertisement -
  • Most Commentedmost commented up
  • Most Emailedmost emailed up
  • Popularmost popular up

Sorry, no featured jobs currently.

- Advertisement -
 

« News Home

A struggling neighborhood in Youngstown looks to rebound



Published: Fri, June 13, 2014 @ 12:03 a.m.

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

As in many areas of the city, the Powerstown neighborhood on the southeast side has fallen on hard times.

“Pit bulls, prostitution, drugs, guns,” Mary Krupa, treasurer of the Powerstown Block Watch, said when asked about the neighborhood. “We have some really deteriorated properties.”

But Krupa and others in the neighborhood have hope the area can be revitalized.

A key step was highlighted Thursday with a press conference to talk about the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.’s improvement and sale of a house at 3405 Lenox Ave., which had been in foreclosure and in bad shape, to Nancy Ramos. The sale should close in a week or two.

“The neighborhood is very excited,” Krupa said. “This will be the trigger to help this neighborhood. This is a start, and we hope it builds.”

Home Savings donated the house to the YNDC, which spent $20,000 to improve the three-bedroom Cape Code house and is finalizing a $25,000 sale to Ramos, who’s lived in Boardman the past seven years.

Ramos said she’s thrilled to move into the neighborhood.

“This is my first house; I’ve rented before,” she said. “I’m so excited. That’s why I can’t stop smiling.”

The YNDC is in the process of doing a similar rehabilitation project to 3402 Lenox Ave., across the street from Ramos’ house, said Ian Beniston, the agency’s executive director, who was officially promoted to that job Monday by the YNDC board of directors after four years as deputy director.

Since January, the YNDC has boarded up nine vacant properties in the neighborhood, he said.

The neighborhood is bounded by Midlothian Boulevard on the south, Loveland Road on the east, Poland Avenue on the north and Interstate 680 on the west.

There are about 30 houses identified by the YNDC in need of demolition and dozens that are not up to city code, with most of them concentrated on and near Lenox, Point View and Nelson avenues, Comely Street and Powers Way.

“We still have work to do, but things are getting much better,” said Nora Seivert, president of the Powerstown Block Watch.


Comments

1Superstar7(122 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

It's many of the 'urban occupiers' living in that area that are needing demolition. Until that is accomplished, the area will remain ruined, regardless of the situation with the houses the 'takers' have already ruined.

Suggest removal:


News
Opinion
Entertainment
Sports
Marketplace
Classifieds
Records
Discussions
Community
Help
Forms
Neighbors

HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2014 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes