Plan Unveiled to Address Major Concerns of Youngstown Residents - The Vindicator

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. has created a plan to address the four key priorities residents have about the city.

The YNDC, which serves as the city’s planning agency, unveiled the plan at a Wednesday public meeting in the Covelli Centre’s community room with about 100 people in attendance.

The four priorities were determined after the agency had 13 meetings throughout the city in late 2013 and early this year.

“People are interested in seeing basic improvements in their neighborhoods,” Beniston said.

The priorities, in order, are:

Housing and property issues such as the need for more code enforcement, demolition, housing repair and dumping. This was clearly the No. 1 issue in the city based on input from residents at the previous meetings, said Ian Beniston, YNDC executive director.

Repairing and maintaining infrastructure such as streets, sidewalks and street lights.

Reducing crime, and increasing safety.

Encouraging economic development to bring more businesses and jobs to the city, and improving the condition of its major corridors.

Each priority includes an action plan. For housing and property issues, YNDC’s plan suggests a strategic approach to code enforcement, property registration and demolition that aligns with neighborhood planning to maximize the impact of the city’s efforts.

The plan also includes “best-practice” recommendations from other cities and organizations that are successful and can be applied in Youngstown, available funding sources, and changes to city ordinances that align with the report’s strategies.

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