Plan underway to renovate Glenwood Avenue in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Glenwood Avenue is one of Youngstown’s main roads, running north-south through the south side of Mahoning Avenue at Midlothian Boulevard. Now the city is developing a plan to renovate Glenwood. The work itself is still a long way off, but on Wednesday evening, the community was presented with the start of a project.

Drawings of what is and what could be lined the walls of the Jaylex Event Center in Youngstown on Wednesday as the 50 people in attendance watched the first draft of Glenwood Avenue’s future.

“This is an initial feasibility study to look at options for the Glenwood Avenue Corridor,” said Chris Tolnar of Youngstown’s GPD Group.

Tolnar helped guide people through the many drawings. Tolnar’s architectural firm designed the plan.

The photos that received a lot of attention were those of the Glenwood-Canfield Road intersection. One possibility, make it a “T” intersection with nearby Idora Avenue or possibly replace the current traffic light with a roundabout, sending people freely in all directions.

Along with her husband, Stephanie Gilchrist owns Ryan’s Chair barber and hair salon just south of the intersection.

“I am for the roundabout. I would like to see how that would work. I’m not a fan of them because some of them, because sometimes it gets a little confusing, but I think it will be safer than what we see now with the red light,” she said. declared.

Other suggestions included laying out a bike lane along Glenwood Avenue, clearly marking intersections where people could cross, and running sidewalks along Glenwood at Boardman to Shields Road, where a crossing for pedestrian walkways leading to Mill Creek Park would be constructed.

Former State Representative Sylvester Patton has lived off Glenwood for 45 years. It is fortunate that some attention is paid to Glenwood Avenue.

“But mainly for pedestrians in terms of slowing traffic on Glenwood and designating crosswalks and everything,” he said.

Youngstown assistant director of public works Chuck Shasho says the actual work is a long way off.

“I think the vision is, I think we want this to be accomplished within 10 years, I think, that’s the timeline that’s sort of identified in the study,” Shasho said.

The GPD group will now take feedback from the meeting and create a master plan for Glenwood Avenue. The master plan can then be used to secure state and federal grants to pay for any work that would need to be done.