YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – In January of 2015, Bottom Dollar closed all of its grocery store chains. ALDI purchased 66 Bottom Dollar sites, including five local stores.The Glenwood store front has been empty ever since, leaving Youngstown in a food desert.
Youngstown Mayor John McNally is working to get a new business in the store front. McNally is accepting applications for tenants interested in buying the building.
The building’s construction value is $1.5 million. There is no minimum price to bid on the building, but the city is giving priority to an applicants submitting plans for a grocery store.
Sean McKinney, Youngstown building and ground commissioners, is giving tours of the building Tuesday to interested buyers.
The deadline to enter an application is February 1. Once city officials review applications that are submitted, they will then choose the applicant that best fits the building and the people who live in the city.
The Youngstown Board of Control will evaluate applications based on the following criteria: 1. Actual use of facility to conform to neighborhood environment and community benefit. All uses will be considered with priority given to developers proposing a grocery store for end use. 2. Quality of proposed investment in he context of proposed end use. 3. Financial or other guarantees related to proposal. 4. Professional experience related to proposed use. 5. Number of jobs created or retained.