Ohio House Passes Bill To Boost Urban Revitalization Efforts
Downtown redevelopment districts will assist downtown Youngstown growth, says Lepore-Hagan

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 233, legislation aimed at boosting economic development and the rehabilitation of historic structures in urban centers by allowing municipal corporations to create downtown redevelopment districts (DRD). 

“Downtown Youngstown has gone through many revitalization projects in the last decade, and this bill will help to continue to city’s work to attract more residents and businesses to our reemerging city,” said Lepore-Hagan. “I am thankful that Rep. Schuring took the time to visit with members of our community last fall to discuss the needs of preserving Youngstown’s historic structures and creating DRDs that will boost business and improve the downtown area. I am proud to co-sponsor this bill and look forward to the governor signing it into law.” 

Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton), the bill’s lead sponsor, previously traveled to Youngstown to discuss ideas and proposals with Rep. Lepore-Hagan and a group of Valley constituents interested in urban redevelopment. Youngstown Mayor McNally and Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel were also present for the fact-finding visit.  

The bill will now be sent to the governor for his signature. 

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