YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The owners of the Mahoning Plaza on Youngstown’s west side said they are working to find new tenants, just as soon as a demolition project on part of the plaza is finished.
Workers started tearing down the old Village Discount store a couple months ago after owners of the plaza determined the store front was no longer salvageable. Although the work got started, officials said Mother Nature kept delaying the demolition. Now, the nearby sidewalks have started to collapse and the area has been covered with rain water.
“The contractor had been out there demolishing. I believe more than likely the weather played into the finishing of the site and bringing in the dirt to do the final grade,” Youngstown Code Enforcement Director Abby Beniston said.
Officials said once the debris is hauled away, the area will be filled and leveled. They believe the work should be done by Aug. 1.
Owners of the plaza said they hope to attract new businesses and already have begun marketing the site to would-be tenants.
Also headed for the wrecking ball are properties once known as the “Wick Six” on the north side. They have been sitting empty and abandoned for decades and have been the target of vagrants and arsonists.
City officials could have legislation in front of City Council next week to bring in contractors to tear down the old Barrett Cadillac and State Chevrolet properties on Wick Avenue, north of the Youngstown State University campus.
The buildings have been abandoned and out of business for years, ever since most of the Valley’s car dealerships moved to Boardman. The demolition, as well as asbestos abatement and clearing the area, could cost $250,000.