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Gateway to Girard Gets Transformation - The Business Journal

Three years after the release of the U.S. 422 Corridor Redevelopment Plan, Girard and Youngstown are making progress to transform the industrial corridor that links them. “We’ve gotten quite a few things done,” says Lauren Johnson, manager of the 422 Corridor project. “We have a lot more that will happen in the future.” The project is especially important to Girard. “The future of development must include the beautification of that area,” Mayor James Melfi says. Girard installed a welcome sign and landscaped sections of U.S. Route 422 shortly before the official release of the plan in May 2014. Youngstown began landscaping stretches in Brier Hill near the entrance to the state Route 711 connector about the same time. The redevelopment plan aims to transform the appearance of the industrial corridor, improve infrastructure and encourage economic and neighborhood development in both cities. The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and the Trumbull County Board of Commissioners helped bring together 14 organizations to fund the comprehensive plan for the corridor, which was written by Interface Studio LLC of Philadelphia. The funding phase began after the study was released and Johnson was hired as project manager in November 2015. “This is our legacy corridor,” she says. “This is where the steel mills were. So this is some of the oldest infrastructure we have in the Mahoning Valley.” The project extends from state Route 193 in Youngstown to Liberty Street in downtown Girard. Much of the Girard side of 422 is made up of retail properties. Industrial and warehouse properties dominate the Youngstown side. To read the full story from the Business Journal, click here.