Former Youngstown fire station for sale
The city is seeking to sell a 92-year-old vacant fire station on the South Side that's had structural issues and problems with rodents, mold and water leaks.
"There will be no minimum price established for consideration," according to the city's request for proposals to acquire former Station No. 9 at East Midlothian Boulevard and Sheridan Road.
Yet, "we've been getting calls from people interested in buying it since it was closed" in March, said Fire Chief John J. O'Neill Jr. "There's been steady interest."
The city is accepting sealed proposals for the 2,494- square-foot building until 4 p.m. Sept. 19. The city will open the proposals at that time.
The board of control - Mayor John A. McNally, Finance Director David Bozanich and Law Director Martin Hume - will evaluate the proposals based on the following criteria:
The proposed use of the facility conforms to the neighborhood environment and community benefit. McNally said that is the "most important" factor.
The proposed improvements in context of its end use.
Financial or other guarantees related to the proposal.
The city spent about $900,000 for the new Station No. 9 at Ipes Field on East Midlothian Boulevard that opened six months ago.
There were numerous problems for decades with the previous station, built in 1922.
That station had timber jacked up to support the basement ceiling with barely enough room to pull in a firetruck. O'Neill said in 2006 that the space where the truck was parked had deteriorated so much that it was in danger of collapsing. There also were problems with rodents, mold and water leaks.
The city wants to sell the structure soon, O'Neill said.
"I have to winterize it, and I don't want to do that" because of the cost, he said.
Busy day for Yo. firefighters
There was little down time for the Youngstown Fire Department Sunday into Monday, as crews battled at least four fires starting Sunday evening.
Around 5 p.m. they showed up to a house on South Garland for a fire in bedroom closet. The fire may have been accidental.
At 8:45 a fire in an apartment in Calvary Towers on Market Street demanded some attention after a resident had a mishap cooking.
Then, the department had to fight a couple of stubborn vacant house fires.
The first fire happened on Elm Street in Youngstown. Around 3 a.m. Monday, firefighters arrived to find a duplex covered in flames. No one was living at the residence, which had smoke pouring from its roof.
At 5:20 a.m., YFD fought flames at a vacant property on Wydesteel Avenue off of East Dennick Avenue.
The house was glowing with flames, and a firefighter went to the hospital after glass cut his hand while battling the blaze.
He needed 16 stitches, but is going to be okay.
With both of the vacant house fires, investigators are looking at arson as a possible cause.
Road open after South Side accident sends 6 to hospital
Police officers have just reopened East Indianola Road to traffic.
Youngstown Police Department was called to a south side accident around 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
An SUV and car slammed into each other near the intersection of East Indianola and Shady Run Road.
The SUV rolled onto its roof and landed in a nearby yard.
Two adults and four children have been transported to a nearby hospital for injuries.
Authorities are investigating the cause of this accident.
Yo. crash sends 5 to hospital
A crash at the intersection of Shady Run Road and Indianola sent a mother and her four kids to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday morning.
The crash, between an SUV and another vehicle, happened around 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The SUV flipped over during the course of the crash, hitting a telephone pole and landing in a nearby front yard. The driver of the SUV, her three kids and a child in a carseat had to be taken to the hospital.
There were no injuries to the driver of the car or its passengers.
The intersection was closed as of 9:45. A Youngstown Police Department traffic worker said the scene was almost clear as of 10:50 a.m. and should be clear soon after 11 a.m.
Repairs made at East High after fire hazard ruling
Since they received a letter from the Youngstown fire inspector last week saying that East High School was a fire hazard, school officials made significant repairs that will allow the school to remain open.
Youngstown Fire Chief John O'Neill said that 14 fire doors inside the school were vandalized, making the building unsafe if there was a fire. Since the letter went out to the school board on Sept. 2, seven doors have been repaired and the remaining seven are expected to be fixed by Tuesday.
O'Neill said the school was aware of the problems at the end of last year, but somehow they went unfixed during the summer. That is why the fire department set Monday as a deadline to make significant progress, or they would be forced to shut East High School down.
"When you are dealing with a school or something with this type of occupancy, you have to cut that time frame of compliance way down," O'Neill said.
A letter from Youngstown's chief fire inspector, Marcia Harris, was sent to the Youngstown City School Districtís facilities director Harry Evans. In it, she states that past violations have not been corrected and the building still has several fire code violations.
"Most importantly, most of the fire doors are broken, do not close securely and have been reported as such for years. Further, the arms of many doors with closers are indeed broken and detached, and the doors are held in the open position with wooden wedges," the letter states.
O'Neill said the fire department will be making regular stops at East and other Youngstown schools to make sure that everything is up to code.
Our station tried to contact the East High School principal and Superintendent Dr. Connie Hathorn, but our phone calls were not returned.