YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The City of Youngstown is about to get a facelift and you’ll see those changes as soon as the end of July.
There were 15 proposed projects submitted to the city’s marketing and advertising platform, INPLACE (Innovative Plan for Leveraging Arts Through Community Engagement). INPLACE is a group that focuses current planning initiatives and resources in targeted locations.
“Our five winning projects are right now in the stages of fabrication and installation, and five key spots in our downtown,” said Dominic Marchionda, YSU principle investigator and city planner.
- Shipping container transformed into bus shelter on Market Street — Tony Armeni, Ed Macabobby, Daniel Newman
- Light the Community on W. Front Street — Angelo LaMarca, Rick Blair, Kaydin Brown, Vito Colella, Grace Cummings, Pendleton Evans, Gabby Johnson, Pat Kelly, AJ Morris, Katie Murray, Elion Oliver, Ian Scheetz
- Mahoning Avenue Archway Project — David Tamulonis, Eric Carlson, Ian Beniston
- The Wedge at Hazel Hill on W. Wood Street — Annissa Neider, Courtney Boyle, Joshua Boyle, Sarah DelliQuadri, Gabriella Gessler, Tyler Miller-Gordon, Andrew Boyle, Katy Collins, Michael Pontikos, Stephanie Weigel, Austin J. Hilt, Leigh A. Greene, Julius Oliver, Brendan Boyle
- Solar Screen on Vindicator Square — Brian Peters, Daphne Peters, Missy McCormick
All of the proposed projects can be seen at the McDonough Museum on Wick Avenue.
On display are videos and presentation boards for all 15 proposed projects. Featured, are the five final projects selected for implementation, including interviews with team members and documentation of their progress toward completion.The exhibit runs through July 9.
The exhibit runs through July 9.
“You are not going to find anybody more passionate about their community than people involved in this project,” Marchionda said.
The Mahoning Avenue Archway — one of the winning projects — is designed by David Tamulonis. He said investing in the city is important.
“Investing in your city, making your city a beautiful place to live, I think, in turn, makes residents really proud and loyal.”
Projects also include new grass areas that repurpose rainwater.
“I expect the face of Youngstown to totally be changed. I expect for it to be a totally inviting atmosphere where the aesthetic of community can boost the morale to a whole new level,” said Youngstown City Councilman Julius Oliver.
Don’t think it’s just young professionals leading the charge, though. The “Light the Community” project was designed by 7th graders from the Lewis School for the Gifted. You’ll see their project soon on the Market Street Bridge.