East Side man could lose his home to chill-can plant expansion

YOUNGSTOWN — Jose Rivera, 47, has lived in his East Side residence at 24 N. Lane Ave. his entire life, but he could end up losing it as part of a possible expansion at the chill-can plant being built nearby.

City council unanimously voted tonight to adopt an urban renewal plan that includes Rivera’s two houses and garage as well as the former Immaculate Conception Church.

“It’s not urgent that we have the” Rivera property, said T. Sharon Woodberry, director of the city’s community planning and economic development. “We have no immediate need for it.”

But Rivera said he’s left unsure if he’s going to be forced to move from his property.

The church property will be purchased as part of the chill-can plant operation shortly, Woodberry said.

Mitchell Joseph, owner of Joseph Co. International, is bringing the plant to the East Side property where he grew up. The $20 million project will have seven buildings and at least 257 jobs.

The company has the trademark to the chill can, which allows a drink to be chilled in less than a minute by turning a knob on the can’s bottom.

For the complete story, read Thursday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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