Warren seeks input on re-purposing empty lots

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) –  There are 1,500 vacant properties in the city of Warren, according to Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership.

“Considering the small size of Warren, it is a significant number of properties,” Marissa Williams of TNP said.

On Wednesday, community members met to talk about what they would like to see happen when the properties are demolished. The goal is to not have thousands of empty lots with overgrown grass. 

Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership is working with residents to come up with other purposes for the spaces.

“Some sort of recreational uses for children. One of the groups we are working with is interested in doing a hopscotch pocket park, incorporating a permanent hopscotch into that pocket park idea, with benches,” Williams said.

Other ideas included art and gardens.

One woman came to Wednesday’s meeting to learn about what’s going on and how her employer, Life Skills High School in Warren, might be able to help.

“If we have anything to offer the community as well. We have a student leadership group at our school, so if there is any volunteer opportunities available that our students can help with, we obviously want them to do that as well,” Trishia Bassett said. “We want our students to take pride in where they come from.”

Meetings have focused on specific parts of Warren and it was the north east part of the city on Wednesday.

“In each area, we are going to create a little plan to sort of be compiled into a group of plans for each area focusing on those residential spaces,” Williams said.

Posters outline some ideas that have been tossed around at other meetings.

“One group wants to do a prayer labyrinth in a vacant space,” Williams said.

A $370,000 HUD grant helped TNP survey how many vacant properties there are in the city.

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