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Officials at the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. spoke to residents April 8 at the Covelli Centre about the assets and concerns of city residents. They also promised to develop a plan and a plan of action for implementation.

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. has scheduled its final informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 8 at the Covelli Center. The group will recap findings from local neighborhood meetings and offer details on the Neighborhood Conditions Report.

People living in the Mahoning Valley are getting older and poorer. Census figures show the area has the fifth highest number of residents 65 and older. Also, the area has the lowest average household income, less than $30,000 a year. This poorer, aging population will need help financially from local agencies and the community.

During the April 1 Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., residents of the North side were happy with the work being down by the development group. While residents said they felt safe, they are worried about the affect of vacancies and demolition on home prices in their area.

Some sections of Youngstown have about twice the population of 65 and older residents than the national average. While the city must find a way to help these residents on a declining budget, some businesses that cater to this age group are already seeing a spike in revenue.

Roughly 70 South side residents attended an informational meeting sponsored by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. The meeting at the Oak Hill Collaborative ran for two hours instead of one, which residents expressing their concerns over the lack of attention by leaders to their section of the city

More than 50 residents on the East side of Youngstown told the city’s development officials that vacant properties are a magnet for drug-related crimes. They also want an increased police presence and improvements to Lincoln Park.

Some residents of the North side want the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. to find ways to help them flip homes in the area. Instead of demolition, some residents want to refurbish the homes and sell them to new residents that the city is seeking.

About 50 people attended Idora Neighborhood Assocaition meeting to discuss their concerns about development with members of the Youngstown Neighorhood Development Corp. The area has seen considerable growth in the past 10 years. YNDC officials attribute this to active involvement by residents. The one big concern, however, was the lack of development of the former Idora Park site, now owned by Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church.

The Kress building in Youngstown has a date with a wrecking ball in mid-March. While some cities were able to save their landmark department store buildings, others were not as fortunate. Residents and city officials weigh in on the loss.