YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The City of Youngstown has been trying to get another grocery store to open at the former Bottom Dollar store on Glenwood Avenue.
In January of 2015, Bottom Dollar closed all of its grocery store chains. ALDI purchased 66 Bottom Dollar sites, including five local stores.The Glenwood store front has been empty ever since, leaving Youngstown in a food desert.
The city now owns the property, and on Tuesday, Youngstown Building and Ground Commissioner Sean McKinney gave tours of the building to interested buyers.
“We’ve had some very preliminary interest, and this is where the specifics comes in and actually sitting down and talking with anyone who is interested,” said T. Sharon Woodberry, director of community planning and economic development for the City of Youngstown.
The building’s construction value is $1.5 million. There is no minimum price to bid on the building, but the city is giving priority to an applicants submitting plans for a grocery store.
The deadline to enter an application is February 1. Once city officials review applications that are submitted, they will then choose the applicant that best fits the building and the people who live in the city.
The Youngstown Board of Control will evaluate applications based on the following criteria: 1. Actual use of facility to conform to neighborhood environment and community benefit. All uses will be considered with priority given to developers proposing a grocery store for end use. 2. Quality of proposed investment in he context of proposed end use. 3. Financial or other guarantees related to proposal. 4. Professional experience related to proposed use. 5. Number of jobs created or retained.
The city hopes taking ownership of the property and its ability to be flexible with pricing is an incentive for prospective buyers.