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Mayor McNally offers state of the city address

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -An important building in the heart of downtown Youngstown could soon be up for sale.  That, and the need for a new municipal court were two matters that came up during Mayor John McNally's State Of The City address on Friday. 

The Mayor's speech was part of the Regional Chamber's "Good Morning Youngstown" program. While highlighting the many positives happening in the city, McNally mentioned the hearings later this month on the need for new municipal court facilities.

"Beginning March 17th a Special Master appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments from city attorneys and Youngstown municipal court attorneys concerning the physical accommodations provided by the city for municipal court operations" McNally said.

Proposals have been made to move the court into the city hall annex which once served as a federal court.

The Mayor also raised the potential sale of the city-owned 20 Federal Place in the center of downtown. The six-story former department store now houses the VXI call center, business offices and a number of vendors in the Food Court.

The city has spent three million dollars on the building and McNally is questioning whether the city should continue as the landlord. The President of the Regional Chamber thinks it will be an important issue for downtown.

"I know the city has put a lot on money into that facility, you've got a thousand people in the VXI call center in there, so that's a key issue to the downtown, what's going to happen to that in the future" said Humphries.

First Ward Councilwoman Annie Gillam has concerns about a new owner raising rents.

"Because the city tries to be very, very fair in their rental prices, so that's a concern for me" said Gillam.

Any sale would be subject to city council approval.

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