Warren seeks planning grant from Eastgate

Tribune Chronicle

WARREN — The city is expected to be one of at least a half-dozen local communities and organizations seeking to be awarded a portion of a $30,000 Moving Communities Forward planning grant from Eastgate Regional Council of Governments.

If it wins a portion of the grant, officials intend to use the funds to hire a firm to develop a “Complete Street” plan for Warren’s Central Business District and the adjacent peninsula area.

Complete Street programs are designed to encourage safe, comfortable and convenient streets for people of all ages and abilities to travel by foot, bike, transit and car, said Melissa Holmes during a City Council Traffic and Safety meeting Thursday.

The city will use the plan to apply for other larger grants to implement it.

Organizations in Youngstown, the Trumbull County Planning Commission, Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corp., Boardman, Canfield, Howland, Trumbull Transit and YSU all are competing for the same grant dollars.

The grant requires a minimum match of 10 percent, which can be cash and / or an in-kind match.

Council’s Traffic and Safety Committee unanimously agreed to provide a letter of support for the application, which must be turned into Eastgate by Jan. 24.