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It’s the middle of the afternoon and the Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator is a hive of activity: Chefs dice produce, cooks prepare barbecue and bakers set bread and pastries out ready for that day’s farmers market.

The city of Youngstown has a new weapon in its arsenal to combat urban blight.

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. had a busy second quarter as the organization hosted 11 community workdays, sold six rehabilitated houses and launched the Iron Roots Community Supported Agriculture program to provide fresh produce to members. 

It’s been just over a year since the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation took over its largest property yet — renovating the first house the city ever seized through new spot blight laws.

The Brownlee Woods Neighborhood Association will host its monthly meeting Thursday at Faith Community Church, 1919 E. Midlothian Blvd.