Downtown Youngstown bus-shelter sculpture finally has new home


By DAVID SKOLNICK

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

After a number of false starts over the past six months, a downtown bus-shelter sculpture has finally found a new home – in front of International Towers.

The city’s Design Review Committee on Tuesday approved the location in front of the high-rise apartment building on Market Street, near the corner of East Boardman Street.

“There’s an existing bus shelter there that needs to be replaced,” said Bill D’Avignon, DRC chairman and the city’s Community Development Agency director.

The committee last month overturned its vote from June to locate the bus shelter, made from a shipping container and steel, at the corner of Wick Avenue and West Federal Street. The decision came after a complaint from the United Veterans Council of Youngstown the sculpture would obscure and overshadow the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The committee approved the design in February, but rejected the bus-shelter sculpture’s original location on Market Street in front of the Mahoning County Courthouse.

Committee members said in February the shelter would take up too much of the sidewalk possibly making it more congested for people walking in that area. After rejecting the courthouse location, committee members recommended the International Towers spot, but Tony Armeni, who designed the shelter, opted for the Wick and Federal location instead.

This project is among five selected for funding under a $100,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant awarded last year to Youngstown State University for downtown beautification as part of the Innovative Plan for Leveraging Arts Through Community Engagement [INPLACE] Initiative.

The committee also voted to allow Joseph and Michael Thomas of Canfield, the owners of the Whistle and Keg, a new bar at the corner of West Federal and Phelps streets, to replace windows at space formerly occupied by Friends Specialty coffee shop.

The bar at 101 W. Federal will open later this month or in September.

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