Grand opening set for YWCA apartments

WARREN – After demolishing an indoor swimming pool and undergoing renovation and construction this winter, the YWCA of Warren is set to open 12 apartments this month.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and an open house on May 20.

Shari Harrell was YWCA executive director when the project began and is current president of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. She said a few things are being finalized on the project, including paving the parking lot.

She said there are 12 apartments for women and for women with children, providing for permanent supportive housing. Various services provided by the YWCA are available for those living in the apartments.

“We will let the women stay as long as they need to in order to get their life stabilized,” she said.

Harrell and current YWCA executive director Kenya Roberts-Howard have worked together as well as staff to prepare for the opening.

A former swimming pool at the north end of the building was transformed into apartments.

“It’s amazing what it looks like. It used to be a swimming pool and now its apartments,” she said.

Harrell said the two-story building has six one-bedroom apartments, two two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units, an office area on the first floor, storage compartments, a coin-operated laundry, and a large commons area on the second floor where people can sit and visit. There is also a courtyard outside, which can be viewed from the apartments.

She said the project took nine months to complete since groundbreaking last June.

“We are very happy with what the apartments look like,” she said.

The north entrance to the apartments is off Monroe Street with a connecting hallway to the YWCA, where the women can attend programs.

“We would not have been able to do all this without the cooperation of so many groups and the county commissioners,” she said.

Harrell said there will be shared parking lot with the nearby buildings off Park Avenue.

She expects the first women to be moving in this summer.

Those wanting applications to register must meet certain criteria and guidelines, including low to moderate income.

For more information, call 330-373-1010.