Open house Saturday


10544250_707164632697725_2878385953214612992_oCome on down to 453 Vine Avenue (between Washington and Scott) between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., for a first hand look at the house recently renovated and now available for sale for only $29,000. The house has a great private back yard, new kitchen and bathrooms, and much more. You can see a lot more detail and more photos here in a previous post. Please share this post with everyone you can in Warren. We can’t afford to buy ads or even to pay a real estate commission. We are dependent on social media for spreading the word — and that means you! Help us bring Warren back.

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More on Austin Village


DSCN0877Following up on Tuesday’s post, TNP did a search for us and discovered that the Austin Village Plaza (AVP) property is owned by Trumbull Properties Limited Partnership, which is an Ohio Limited Partnership filed on June 21, 1995. The company’s filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 908643. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Paran Management Company and is located at 13212 Shaker Sq Ste 100 Cleveland, OH 44120. They are current on their local taxes.

Paran Management is located at  2720 Van Aken Blvd #200, Cleveland, OH 44120. Their telephone number is (216) 921-5663 and their C.E.O. is Joseph Shafran. Do with that information what you like.

We called Mr. Shafran early this afternoon and left a voice message requesting a return call to discuss AVP, however, as of 5:00 p.m. he had not called back. We noted from his Linked-in profile that Mr. Shafran is a Wharton Business School graduate; so he has been professionally trained in efficient project management, and in how to save a buck by cutting a corner or two. The latter skill seems to be driving the AVP demolition.




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Land Bank Releases Third Quarter Report


Land Bank Releases Third Quarter Report

Trumbull County Land Bank Report details recent news and accolades

Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (TNP), in relationship with the Trumbull County Land Reutilization Corporation (TCLRC), recently released the 2014 Third Quarter Report for the Trumbull County Land Bank. The five page document details the Land Bank’s recent news and activity in their efforts to reinvigorate Trumbull County’s neighborhoods.

During the third quarter of 2014, the Land Bank facilitated the sale of 49 side lots in Trumbull County. Five houses were purchased by owner-occupants and six by investors as a part of their improved property program.  Currently, 30 vacant houses are under contract for demolition with funds from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Neighborhood Improvement Program.

Featured in the report were two Land Bank owned houses in Warren City receiving private dollars for renovation. The Hughes Mansion has garnered local media attention and the large Victorian home is being converted into a transitional veteran’s housing project by the AMG Foundation.  As a part of the new Adopt-a-House program conceived by TNP, the TCLRC, and Trumbull 100, 453 Vine Ave. has been refurbished with modern touches in Warren’s Garden District. The Adopt-a-House program uses rolling private capital to renovate houses in Warren.

The Land Bank is aiding in significant improvements to one of Warren’s main corridors. 1717 Youngstown Rd. was purchased from the TCLRC by a Warren resident who plans to open as a book and record store. The condemned house behind the building was recently demolished by the Land Bank using resources from the Hardest Hit Funds. These enhancements are expected to reduce negative activity in the area.

To read the full report and find out more information about the Trumbull County Lank Bank, please

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This is Austin Village


DSCN0880I’ll let the accompanying photos mostly speak for themselves. They are of the former Austin Village Plaza on West Market Street. This is pretty much the first thing anyone approaching Warren from that main route sees when they enter Warren. If there is anyone out there who thinks this creates a good first impression of our community we recommend they make an immediate appointment with their optometrist or possibly consider checking into the nearest mental health facility.

The top photo is of the separate building to the left of the main plaza building as you face them. It looks much as we would image the average block in Berlin looked in May 1945. If you are consoling yourself thinking it is just an interim phase you may be disappointed. From what we can piece together, the demolition contractor was working for the scrap metal, which has now been nearly removed. At any rate, this is how the lot has looked for several weeks and there has been no work on the site for a while.

DSCN0882You’re also looking at some shots of the piles of masonry left behind along with a partially burned pile of rubble from a recent fire. You see man-sized weeds and man-eater pot holes in the parking lot, which the owner has received relief from deconstructing.

The main building appears to be listing to port since having most of its steel removed and represents a clear and present danger to anyone — kids playing for example — who might enter it.

DSCN0877Unfortunately this property is not owned by GE or some other well-funded major corporation that cares about its reputation and wants to do the right thing by the city. We are researching the ownership issue now and will report back soon. Meanwhile — got any ideas?DSCN0884


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From this morning’s Tribune


Tribune logoGarden District blooming

September 14, 2014
Tribune Chronicle

The repopulation of the Garden District is turning into one of the most exciting and successful developments the City of Warren has experienced in a long, long time.

The effort began a few years ago when Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, gregg’s gardens and Trumbull County Treasurer Sam Lamancusa’s office focused on rehabbing rather than strictly razing abandoned houses. The concept was bolstered by repurposing vacant lots into everything from side lots for residents to flower gardens to barley farms for locally produced beer to artistic endeavors and art education for kids. All along many houses were rehabbed by owner-occupants.

Then came local businessman Bill Casey and his wife ponying up $25,000 for the first renovation in the new ”Adopt-A-Home” program. Once sold, the owner-occupant can sit on the front porch and gaze across the street at the Vineyard on Vine, one of the most recently repurposed empty lots. Money from the sale will then go to the next rehab project.

Then came last week’s stunning announcement from the philanthropic group Trumbull 100 and its president Diana Sauer. Trumbull 100 donated $10,000 to Adopt-A-Home and pledged a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $15,000 more. That means a potential $40,000 infusion.

Then Sauer and her husband Kurt stepped up and provided $5,000 personally to leave just $10,000 more to max out Trumbull 100′s match.

Now we eagerly await who among Warren’s businesses, affluent residents and former residents will follow the Sauers and donate their own $5,000. We can even think of a few – Sam Covelli, John Payiavlas and Roger Ailes come to mind – who can add a zero to that.

The reward is watching their city rejuvenate from the inside out. The 22-block area, loosely defined by Park Avenue, Atlantic Street, Elm Road and High Street, can become a thriving community. Since it borders downtown and Harding High School, and stretches nearly to Packard Music Hall, the revitalization can bleed into these important points of interest.

A few components still missing are a sustained police presence, a clearly defined role for Warren City Schools and a banking commitment. Sustaining the repopulation effort requires a feeling of safety in the Garden District. It requires a financing mechanism to help families become homeowners. And since the city schools stand to benefit from increased enrollment, there should be a way they can contribute to the success.

Trumbull 100′s and the Sauers’ announcement fuel the momentum. Now is the time for others in the community to accelerate it even more.

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