YNDC hosts East Side Better Block party in vacant Youngstown plaza

The block party had music, food, games and an art show

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The empty Lincoln Knolls Plaza in Youngstown was filled with people looking around the location Saturday.

The East Side Better Block was put on by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. The block party had music, food, games and an art show.

YNDC said it uses Better Block events to bring attention to places that have issues with vacancy by filling them.

“We specifically chose the Lincoln Knolls Plaza because there are quite a few vacancies here, especially with the closing of the IGA store. So with the closing comes a lot of opportunities for re-thinking what could be done with the plaza,” said YNDC neighborhood planner Tom Hetrick.

Last year, YNDC held Better Block events on the south and west sides of Youngstown.

The group wants to host more every year, but is still figuring out where to hold the next event.

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