Improvements eyed for Route 422 corridor

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The U.S. Route 422 corridor through Mahoning and Trumbull counties could be getting a facelift.

The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber, the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Trumbull County Planning Commission have joined forces to start a master plan for the 3,500-acre corridor. They announced the plan at a press conference Friday at the Regional Chamber office in Youngstown.

The study area includes 220 businesses and 8,500 residents in both Mahoning and Trumbull counties, mostly in Youngstown and Girard. The plan will use the momentum started by the expansion of Vallourec Star to continue economic growth.

“So that means we’re going to be looking at land patterns. We’re going to be looking at infrastructure. We’ll be asking ourselves, where is there land available that is suitable for new business?  What kind of infrastructure improvements would those businesses require?,” said Scott Page of Interface Studio LLC, who has been tapped to conduct the study.

Multiple entities are involved in the study and are contributing funds for it, including the cities of Girard and Youngstown, the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, the Girard Community Improvement Corporation, the Mahoning County Land Reutilization Corporation, the Raymond John Wean Foundation, Trumbull County Commissioners, the Trumbull County Land Reutilization Corporation, Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority, Vallourec Star, the Western Reserve Port Authority, Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority and the Youngstown Foundation.

The plan also wants to look at how to connect local residents to the jobs created at those businesses.

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