Belmont Avenue Corridor Project

Who We Are

Youngstown CityScape is a non-profit community development organization dedicated to strengthening Youngstown’s revitalized urban core that connects downtown, the Youngstown State University campus, adjacent neighborhoods and gateway corridors through strategic partnerships. We focus on improving infrastructure, amenities, and social well-being to provide an attractive working and living environment. Such an environment is our ultimate vision for Youngstown. Beginning 26 years ago with our first Streetscape Planting Day, CityScape has identified needs, partners, funding, volunteers, and unique paths to building a better Youngstown.

Our Work

CityScape has 26 years of experience spearheading revitalization projects in Youngstown:

  • Walnut Street Improvement Project – $1.45M in new sewer/water infrastructure ready for development
  • Wick Avenue Improvement Project (Project Partner) – $817K in new lighting/utility line upgrades that set design standards for Youngstown’s BUILD grant work
  • Wick Park Improvement Project (Project manager) – $600K renovation of the Wick Park Recreation Center, Picnic Pavilion and Gardens
  • BUILD Grant/USDOT (Team Partner) – Youngstown’s SMART2/BUILD Grant, providing $10.8M in investment upgrading transit waiting environments, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, autonomous transit shuttles, green infrastructure, streetscaping, and wayfinding impacting downtown and the Mahoning Valley

The Plan

In partnership with the City of Youngstown, and project partners Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, and the Western Reserve Transit Authority, Youngstown CityScape will complete a strategic development plan, followed by transportation preliminary engineering plans for the corridor of Belmont Avenue (State Rte. 193) that runs from the downtown intersection with West Federal Street to its lightly developed expanses north of the Interstate 80 interchange. The Belmont Corridor Strategic Plan is an opportunity to reconnect the stakeholders – the business owners, residents and community leadership – and to engage them in the process of a planned resurgence for the Belmont Corridor.

Why Belmont Avenue?

  • Major medical thoroughfare for the Mahoning Valley – This project supports Mercy Health, the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, Primary Stroke Center, and the largest employer in Mahoning County.
  • Dozens of medical practices/specialists/health care support services are located on Belmont Avenue. After years of decline and abandonment, there is a significant opportunity to help enrich the corridor and reconnect it to neighboring communities.
  • The newly built Carl A. Nunziato VA Clinic opened in January 2021. There are 40,000 veterans in the greater Mahoning Valley. With the nearest services 75 miles away, the new VA Clinic provides enhanced primary and mental health services for over 10,500 veterans every year.
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport / Youngstown Air Reserve Station – the largest employer in Trumbull County and second largest in the Mahoning Valley, is located on Belmont Avenue in Trumbull County and serves as an eventual connection for this project. The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport serves as the home of YARS and provides private air service to local businesses and residents. Belmont Avenue is home to over 30 popular, locally-owned ethnic and family restaurants and nearly 25 more national chain restaurants.
  • The Belmont Corridor Strategic Plan will connect residents and stakeholders with city leadership, while offering them an opportunity to create a sense of place along a key corridor, offering more than a movement zone for vehicles, but a way to reunite a once-thriving area with residents and adjacent communities.
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