Eastgate Joins Partners in Washington D.C. to Support BUILD Grant Proposal

Oct 05, 2018

Eastgate Executive Director Jim Kinnick was joined by Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown, Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber President James Dignan, YSU President Jim Tressel, and Paul Homick, Jr. President of the Mercy Health Foundation, to meet with federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C., late last week to champion the city’s application.

Eastgate is the sponsor of the application and submitted the $10.8 million BUILD grant proposal in July. The application describes $26.2 million in transportation improvements to downtown, including the self-driving shuttle circulator along Fifth and Rayen avenues – which would run along a widened Fifth Avenue, cut down to three lanes to make way for a designated shuttle lane – and improvements to portions of Commerce, Federal, Front and Phelps streets, as well as Park Avenue. Project partners have contributed $10 million in in-kind donations, and in addition to the autonomous transit shuttles, the application also proposes transit waiting stations, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, green infrastructure, streetscaping, and wayfinding linking major regional anchor institutions impacting economic resurgence across the Mahoning Valley, including Youngstown State University, Mercy Health, Youngstown Business Incubator, and Eastern Gateway Community College.