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City of Youngstown defends demolition of the Kress Building

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The city of Youngstown is defending the demolition of a historic downtown building after someone installed a silent message of protest.

Thursday night someone put a sign and two dummies outside the building next to the Kress Building.

The sign read, "We should build works of public art which contribute to the cityscape and the community. Signed: S.H. Kress.” The dummies were holding signs asking, "What's next?"

No one knows who put the dummies or the signs up on the building, but people are speculating that it's a way of protesting the demolition of another historic building in the city.

And while there were many plans over the years to renovate the Kress building, it ultimately became too pricey. In 2012 it was estimated to take five million dollars.

Late last year, the fire chief ordered it to be torn down because a total collapse was imminent.

“It's actually a type of construction that they would not even permit now a days. There's not the kind of supporting steel that needs to be in there to prevent it from deteriorating where it just collapses on itself,” said Bill D'Avignon, Youngstown Community Development and Planning

.And that's what's happening to the building right now. All levels of the flooring are pancaking down on each other.

Downtown restaurant owners who have outside patios say they aren't happy with all of the dust and other stuff associated with the demolition but in the long run it will be best for everyone.

“It will be an inconvenience for a few months. But it's worth the wait, because in the long run it will look much better than it is. It's better to see something old and dilapidated, get rid of it, clean it up and make it look better,” said Ed Moses from V2.

Demolition is expected to take a couple months. When it's all finished the space will be turned into another downtown parking lot.

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