What could have been: Downtown Youngstown, Ohio

“Downtown plan gets good, but cautious, reviews.”

That headline from the January 12, 1986 Youngstown, Ohio Vindicator denoted the reception towards this redevelopment plan in a city that was fast declining in both jobs and population. Some notable features of the plan included:

  • A hotel, housing, cultural facility and museum complex along Federal and Commerce streets where the present-day Development Department and Mahoning County Children Services are currently located.
  • A convocation center on what is now parking lots.
  • An industrial museum located at the present-day Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor.
  • A parking garage and housing development between Commerce and Wood streets.
  • Station Place, which is now Erie Terminal Place.
  • The conversion of the Paramount Theater into a retail and office complex. It would have featured a pass-through for pedestrians, and a bridge linking to the hotel and housing complex across Hazel Street.

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