Project turns plaza into colorful display

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – What a difference a fresh coat of paint makes. That’s what those involved in a project along Youngstown’s Glenwood Avenue corridor are saying.

An unveiling was held Tuesday of the freshly painted and colorful exterior of small store-front plaza.

The city recently received a grant from Sherwin-Williams as part of the company’s National Painting Week program aimed at helping communities spruce up commercial buildings and revitalize neighborhoods in the process.

Jennifer Jones with Green Youngstown said they don’t see grants like that very often and worked to make the most of this one.

“Commercial buildings are very difficult. A lot of people tackle residential things, but they really don’t do a lot on the commercial side of things, but they are the most prominent things in a neighborhood,” Jones said.

The plaza houses a restaurant and a children’s day care center which is why the bright colors were chosen.

“It is one of the last buildings you see before you leave Youngstown and one of the first as you come in. The difference between the building before and after is night and day,” Jones said. “Now, it is vibrant and people can see.”

The Sherwin-Williams grant provided close to $1,800 in paint and supplies to get the work done.

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