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YNDC Prepares to Show Off Historic Park Property - The Business Journal


Tiffany Sokol confessed Wednesday that her favorite part of the newly renovated house at 900 Old Furnace Road is the restored porch. During this visit at least.

“I tell everyone a different part is my favorite every time we’re here,” said the housing director for Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. “There are lots of things I like about it, definitely.”

The city of Youngstown purchased the historic property for $1 from Mill Creek MetroParks in July 2021 and subsequently transferred it to YNDC to renovate and sell. YNDC recently completed three months of renovations to the house and placed it on the market Tuesday for $250,000.

Roughly a century and a half old, the house is definitely the oldest property that YNDC has renovated and one of the most historically significant, Sokol said.

Built sometime between 1860 and 1874 by Robert and Isabelle Hamilton, the property was purchased by Mill Creek MetroParks in the 1890s and used as a YMCA clubhouse before being used as the park superintendent’s residence through the 1990s. It was unoccupied for about 20 years before YNDC acquired it, with the park using it for storage for a time.

The restored house has about 2,200 square feet of living space, excluding the basement, she said.

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