WARREN, Ohio - Warren City Council is moving forward with a list of 10 projects proposed to spur economic development, however some are criticizing the plan saying they've heard it all before.
The list of projects was proposed by the city's Residential Advisory Committee. It includes items like developing downtown luxury apartments and re-developing areas like the river side peninsula.
The mayor appointed different city groups to oversee each project, requiring them to give quarterly updates.
One councilmember said he's heard the plans before and fears that without a set deadline the projects will once again fall by the way side.
"It's a start, its more movement than I've seen in many, many years," said Councilmember James Valesky. "Now that these people who have been assigned and can evaluate them, if they can asses a reasonable time line for them I think we'll be greatly ahead."
"We're not looking for it to be a 10 out of 10," said George Pisesalko, a spokesperson for the Resident Advisory Committee. "The important thing is people are held accountable and things do happen in the city of Warren."
In addition to the projects, the resident group is suggesting a $50,000 marketing campaign to promote the city. The mayor said that while he feels the marketing dollars are a necessity, he is still in the process of determining where the money will come from.