Plans are in the works to turn a time worn part of Youngstown's landscape into a gateway, welcoming visitors to the downtown area.

Transformation of the Mahoning Avenue Archway is one of five community projects selected for funding by the Innovative Plan for Leveraging Arts Through Community Engagement initiative in Youngstown.

INPLACE, funded through a $100,000 grant to Youngstown State University from the National Endowment for the Arts, received 15 proposals for projects.

A team of eight people reviewed the proposals and selected five projects to receive $20,000 each.

Mahoning Avenue Archway project site is an abandoned railway arch located next the WRTA bus terminal along the Mahoning Avenue corridor into downtown Youngstown.

The project leverages the existing infrastructure of Youngstown’s industrial heritage and will transform the archway into a vibrant feature along the corridor to visually enhance and provide a more inviting gateway into downtown and adjacent neighborhoods. Team members are David Tamulonis, Eric Carlson, Ian Beniston.

The four other projects are:

Shipping Container Bus Shelter.

A shipping container will be cut apart and reassembled, painted and fabricated as a sculpture to function as a bus shelter. The project site is an expanse of sidewalk in front of the Mahoning County Courthouse at 120 Market St. in downtown Youngstown. Team members are Tony Armeni, Ed Macabobby and Daniel Newman.

Light the Community.

Seventh-grade Students from Valley Christian School’s Lewis School for Gifted Learning will install a public Shadow Art Stage along Emily Street and project shadow art on the south side of the City Hall Annex building. Team members are Angelo LaMarca, Rick Blair, Kaydin Brown, Vito Colella, Grace Cummings, Pendleton Evans, Gabby Johnson, Pat Kelly, AJ Morris, Katie Murray, Elion Oliver, Ian Scheetz.

Solar Screen.

Solar Screen is a curved, vertical surface that will be positioned to follow the path of the sun. Assembled out of large 3D printed ceramic "bricks" that are mortared together; the bricks will have openings that vary in size, allowing light and air to pass through the structure. Team members are Brian Peters, Daphne Peters, Missy McCormick.

The Wedge at Hazel Hill.

The Wedge at Hazel Hill will create a serviceable and functional green space that connects the existing barrier between YSU and downtown Youngstown and will be conducive to education, entrepreneurship, and connectivity to resources for community members. Team members are Nissan Neider, Courtney Boyle, Joshua Boyle, Sarah DelliQuadri, Gabriella Gessler, Tyler Miller-Gordon, Andrew Boyle, Katy Collins, Michael Pontikos, Stephanie Weigel, Austin J.Hilt, Leigh A. Greene, Julius Oliver, and Brendan Boyle.

The five projects will be formally presented to the public with a reception at the Covelli Center in downtown Youngstown, on Friday, March 3, 2017, 5 to 7 p.m. All 15 projects, with video recordings of each presentation, will be on view at the McDonough Museum of Art at YSU, June 2 to July 9, 2017.

Funding support for INPLACE comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McDonough Museum of Art, the College of Creative Art and Communication, The Raymond John Wean Foundation, The Youngstown Foundation, and Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Partners in the project include the YSU Regional Economic Development Initiative, WYSU Radio, the City of Youngstown “City of You” branding and marketing campaign, and Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design and Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.

Caption: Enhancing this abandoned railway arch located along the Mahoning Avenue corridor into downtown Youngstown is one of five projects selected.