YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – South Avenue has seen big changes already in 2016. Krakusy Hall has come down, and new traffic lights and street signs have gone up. Thursday, businesses along South Avenue started putting up window signs.
The first one was hung outside Valley Awning and Tent. The signs read, “Crime, Report It, Don’t Support It.” The idea is to promote teamwork among the businesses and neighborhoods to keep everyone safer by taking a stand against crime.
“This is just another step to make South Avenue safer and more hospitable, not only to our residents but to people who are driving back and forth every day to downtown,” said Mayor John McNally.
“We want to bring together the businesses along South Avenue to promote a sense of safety and unity, along with individuals to fight crime,” said Tracy Jordan of the South Avenue Business Association.
The business owners along South Avenue will meet with Youngstown’s police chief next month. The March 9 meeting is 11 a.m. at Metro Assembly of God, 2350 South Avenue. Police Chief Robin Lees and the community police officers for the first, sixth and seventh wards will answer questions.