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HOWLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohio - One of Trumbull County's major industrial hubs may be getting some attention. It's a piece of land in Howland known as the Golden Triangle.

The township is talking to local business owners about making needed improvements with hopes that the proactive planning will keep current businesses content and encourage new occupants.

At a meeting between township officials and business representatives on Thursday, suggestions included widening Phoenix Road and Commonwealth Avenue and addressing safety concerns.

"They're concerned about the alignment if you look at a map," says Matthew Vansuch, Howland Township trustee. "There's some really weird angles and the large semi's can't easily navigate the turns."

Adding lights along roadways was also recommended to stave off potential crime.

"Darkness creates an opportunity for crime and some street lighting would be able to help reduce the opportunity for individuals to engage in criminal activity," Vansuch says.

Flex-Strut, located off Commonwealth Avenue, expanded four times since 1994.

The company echoes the recommendation for wider roadways and culverts installed to make it easier for shipments of its products in and out of its manufacturing facility.

The Trumbull County Engineer's Office is partnering with the township on addressing the needs and has hired a consulting firm to help apply for state and federal grant dollars, conduct a study and develop a corridor plan.

Grant money for the clean-up of the potential project could play a role in the overall expense that could reach the multi-millions.

Results from the consulting firm's study are expected in the coming weeks.

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