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#YoungstownFlea: We Bought A Building

The Youngstown Flea has always sought to create community. A community where creatives, makers and doer’s are supported. A place where a start-up can grow strong and sustainable. Go from hobby or side hustle to all out business and brand. But we’ve wanted much more than this. We’ve wanted space. Community. To gather. Commune. All of that.

Que our newest mixed-use development space in downtown Youngstown. A 25,000 Sq Ft. former Steel Mill & Foundry. The future for its design id for it to hum with human activity nearly every day from the morning to night.“One of the most important things is having districts that are reasonably active throughout the day, the month and throughout the year. If we can create the quality of life, the efficiency and the much needed quality activities — there are so many benefits to that.

Part of the master plan covers 3 acres along the Mahoning River on E. Boardman Street and will be connected to downtown and the Riverfront Development. “We want our property to be the coolest private property near the river.”

Reimagine, redesign, rebuild

The development is centered by the Forsythe Works, a former foundry and mill for Youngstown in 1870. The building will be redesigned using as much of the building’s original brick, wood and metal as possible. When completed the 25,000-square-foot building will house the Youngstown Flea, a “Market for Makers”, with specialty artisan vendors — all local — two event spaces, seating 500 patrons and the other 200, will give locals an alternative industrial venue for weddings, meetings, lectures, movies and small concerts.

Forsythe Works will also be a place where people can work and entrepreneurs can gather in successful “shared-work spaces” that will include conference settings, private and open space. Wanting to populate the building during the daytime and get the people of Youngstown and surrounding communities here, are key to the economic sustainability of the project.

Green spaces, sidewalks, outdoor venues

Forsythe Works, located so close to future riverfront development will eventually include plenty of greenspace and design elements that will encourage outdoors recreating and social interaction. “This is pivotal piece of land,” Derrick McDowell said. “This is the most amazing new corridor project in and for the core of downtown Youngstown.”


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