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Port Authority moves forward on properties

VIENNA — The Western Reserve Port Authority is moving forward in turning the Harshman Building in Youngstown into space for Eastern Gateway Community College.

The college would occupy the basement and first floor of the building at 101 E. Boardman St.

Anthony Trevena, director of economic development for NEO Development and Finance Authority, a division of the port authority, said the board authorized $952,000 to be spent toward the project. The organization has also received a grant from the state’s capital appropriations budget.

Trevena said the port authority has awarded the construction contract to Brock Builders of North Lima, with the beginning of construction targeted for Aug. 1. Work continues to secure a tenant for the second floor of the building, Trevena said.

Also Wednesday, the port authority board reported the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. has taken possession of property at 2246 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown, to house micro-entrepreneurs and new entrepreneurs.

Trevena said the property will be occupied by four to six tenants.

John Moliterno, executive director of the port authority, said the ongoing payout of unused vacation and personal time to former Aviation Director Dan Dickten is winding down. According to Moliterno, the payout period was set to last for 90 days after Dickten’s departure. Dickten resigned on April 24. He was due $22,768.55 in unused vacation and personal time.

Moliterno added that the port authority has not “gone too far” in the process to find a new aviation director.

Copyright: The Tribune Chronicle. Christopher Kromer, June 28, 2018