Powerstown Neighborhood Celebrates Impact of Revitalization Efforts

Thursday, June 12, 2014

On Thursday, June 12th, a media event was held to highlight the progress made to date in revitalizing the Powerstown Neighborhood on Youngstown’s southeast side through the collaborative efforts of several community groups, local government, and other local organizations who joined forces to begin implementation of a neighborhood action plan through a series of workdays, board ups, home repairs and rehabilitations, code enforcement, and land bank foreclosures.

Representatives including Bill D'Avignon from the City of Youngstown, 7th Ward Councilman John R. Swierz from the Powerstown Action Committee, Roger Smith from the Mahoning County Land Bank, Richard Shafer from the Home Savings and Loan Company, Christopher Travers from the 7th Ward Citizens Coalition, and Ian Beniston from the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation provided brief comments on their roles in the process.

The event was held at 3405 Lenox Avenue, a formerly vacant REO property donated by the Home Savings and Loan Company, rehabilitated by Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, and recently sold to a new homeowner.