Mercy Health opened its Belmont Medical Center on Youngstown's north side as a multi-specialty location for patients.

2013 Belmont Ave used to be the Veterans Affairs clinic but now the 25,000 square foot building will house Mercy Health’s Youngstown Primary Care, Youngstown Geriatrics, Youngstown Women's Center, Belmont Primary Car, Belmont Recovery Services.  

"As we grow we know this is the right place we need to be because patients live here. We want to focus in on taking care of the community and really welcoming all to be cared for here,” Dr. James Kravec, Chief Clinical Officer of Mercy Health Youngstown said.   

“Now we actually have some services for women in the city. That helps tremendously so that our women aren't traveling 8 to 10 miles just to have their services,” Samantha Turner, Youngstown’s 3rd Ward City Councilwoman said. 

The clinic is just the latest plan from Mercy Health to expand its services and is just a small part of the city’s plans to bring life back to Belmont Ave. 

“20 or more years ago there was so much hustle and bustle along Belmont Avenue,” Turner said. “Now we’re trying to get it beyond that and build a better Belmont not just here in Youngstown but also in Liberty Township.”

The corridor project includes bringing more businesses to the area along with beautifying it. To get it where it needs to be the city is partnering with Youngstown CityScape. 

“The ultimate goal is really a unified look, a standard that we can all be proud of,” Sharon Letson, Executive Director of Youngstown CityScape said. “...We’ve invested some money and energy into our other corridors that connect to our downtown and Belmont is truly the next.”

To move forward Cityscape plans to hold public meetings to hear from the community on what they want in the corridor along with some cleanup projects.