YNDC’s April 8 meeting to wrap up findings, offer some details

Residents have one last chance to tell the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. what changes they’d like to see in their neighborhoods and in the city. Rick Pollo has more.

The YNDC visited every neighborhood in the city in the past six weeks, talking to residents and taking their direct input. On April 8, a final meeting will be held at the Covelli Centre to recap the past several weeks. YNDC Deputy Director Ian Beniston says it’s the last chance for them to voice their opinion.

BENISTON: To gives folks a final opportunity to give input if they haven’t come to any of the previously scheduled meetings.

Officials from the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., Ian Beniston (left) and Tom Hetrick look over the Neighborhood Condition Report. They will be on hand at the April 8 meeting at the Covelli Center to discuss what was learned at the recent spate of neighborhood meetings and to review the report. Chris Davidson/TheNewsOutlet.org

Officials from the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., Ian Beniston (left) and Tom Hetrick look over the Neighborhood Condition Report. They will be on hand at the April 8 meeting at the Covelli Center to discuss what was learned at the recent spate of neighborhood meetings and to review the report. Chris Davidson/TheNewsOutlet.org

He’s pleased with the residents’ enthusiasm.

BENISTON: But overall I think we’ve had very good turnouts at the meetings. Most of them have been very well attended.”

Rather than focusing on a specific neighborhood, this meeting will look at issues concerning the city as a whole.

BENISTON: There’ll be a citywide presentation related to the Neighborhood Conditions Report. Then we’ll move on to a presentation of an overview of the findings. Basically a summary of the input, what people said the priorities are.

Tom Hetrick, YNDC neighborhood planner, says they reviewed the information gathered from the meetings and will address one particular concern from every neighborhood.

HETRICK: The one thing that we heard at each meeting which was the No. 1 priority for folks was to address housing and property issues.

The citywide meeting will begin at 6:30 in the Covelli Centre’s Community Room. For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Rick Pollo.

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