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Lowellville continues development project

Mayor shares progress on village vision, asks commissioners for help

YOUNGSTOWN — Lowellville Mayor James Iudiciani Sr. has asked Mahoning County officials for $60,000 to help move the village’s economic and community-development comprehensive plan to the next step: the marketing phase.

Earlier this year, the village bought parcels along the Mahoning River and on Water Street, which is north of the river, as part of a plan to make the area more of a tourist destination, Iudiciani said during Thursday’s Mahoning County commissioners meeting.

The commissioners did not commit to the funding Thursday.

Last year, the village spent about $279,000 on a variety of downtown development projects, he noted.

Iudiciani said he and other village officials are working closely with Glavan Group LLC, a Columbus-based planning and architectural firm that specializes in a team and collaborative approach toward completing a wide range of such projects.

Specifically, the firm will perform an array of technical, administrative and professional services to prepare then implement economic and community-development plans and programs to fit the village’s vision, he explained.

Those include acting as an advocate for economic-development projects in line with the village’s comprehensive plan; performing economic-development and support work to expand its retail, commercial and industrial bases; serving as liaison to nonprofit groups and organizations, citizens groups and others regarding economic development; and offering initiatives to encourage local business attraction and retention, Iudiciani noted.

In addition, Glavan will offer short- and long-term assistance for economic and community-development efforts, as well as collect information regarding studies, reports and recommendations for reaching those goals, the mayor said, adding that the village also is working with several other developers from across the state.

Iudiciani also mentioned the possibility of constructing a four- or five-story multi-purpose building on a piece of riverfront property. The structure could contain office space and condominiums, he said.

“You should come down to see” the progress in the village, he told commissioners.

In other business, commissioners adopted a resolution to support an $18,810 Justice Assistance Grant to the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department.

The funds would be used mainly to buy additional body cameras and associated equipment packages for the department, which has 25 such cameras. The department first implemented their use in mid-2015.

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