Port Authority’s plans for property revealed

Will close on purchase of former Harshman building in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — Next week, the Western Reserve Port Authority will close on its purchase of the former Harshman law firm building in downtown Youngstown.

The port authority agreed in October to pay NYO Property Group $350,000 for the 14,000-square-foot property and has been in the process of finalizing the purchase and their plans for the property.

In a Wednesday meeting of the board of directors for the Northeast Ohio Development and Finance Authority — a branch of the port authority — the board said they anticipate no unoccupied space in the property.

The first floor and basement have been leased by Eastern Gateway Community College, and plans for the renovations of the space have been completed.

“On the first floor is five classrooms and seven offices. The basement is more of a wellness area if you will, and some offices and some bathrooms,” said Anthony Trevena, the director of economic development for NEO.

Trevena added they were in negotiations for an occupant for the top floor, but a lease has not yet been signed.

“With the design aspect, we didn’t have too many surprises. The mechanicals are a little more expensive than we anticipated, but it happens,” Trevena said. “It is going very well. We are very pleased.”