Youngstown wayfinding program to be in place by year's end


Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

City officials expect to have its wayfinding system in place by the end of the year thanks to $105,000 in grants it received.

And the program designed to help people better navigate downtown and the surrounding areas could grow if the city is successful in its efforts to obtain additional grants, said Michael McGiffin, the city’s director of downtown events and citywide special projects.

Studio Graphique, a Cleveland firm hired by the city to design the project, had estimated the cost at nearly $300,000 a year ago.

The city opted to delay the project as it didn’t have the money for the work.

It will move ahead with a scaled-back version of the project thanks to the money obtained by Youngstown State University’s Regional Economic Development Initiative, the city’s grant writers.

The main funding came from a $75,000 Youngstown Foundation grant and $20,000 from the Raymond John Wean Foundation.

The project includes signs for parking and places of interest for motorists and directory kiosks for people once they’ve parked, McGiffin said Wednesday.

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