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Youngstown American Legion Post to get new home

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - American Legion Post 472 in Youngstown is going to be demolished and its members are delighted.

Post 472 has been on Indianola Avenue since 1937 in a house that is more than 100 years old.

Now a group of local businessmen, called Core 6, have unveiled plans to tear down the house and build the members a brand new post from the ground up. The old house doesn't have a kitchen and it's not fully handicapped assessable.

The post commander says this is more than they could have hoped for. "We were willing just to have an addition added to it, but this is fantastic," said Commander Bob Raver.

The new building will include a commercial kitchen, a meeting room and guest rooms for veterans who are in need of social services. According to Raver, the new construction should save the post a lot of money on maintenance and utilities. "It should drop our electric bill and water bill and mostly our heating bill quite a bit," Raver said.

Core 6 is the same group that spearheaded the project to build a new home for shooting victim Joe Kaluza in 2009. And just like that project, they hope to make the new Legion Post a community effort.

"We're going to need help doing a lot of labor. We're going to need carpenters. Obviously funds are always needed; we need all we can to make this happen." said Core 6 spokesman Don Murphy.

The Legion members decided against building the new post somewhere else, because the south side location has been their home for 75 years.

The demolition will begin October 2nd and the group hopes to complete the project in 45 days.

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