Design Review Committee OKs Sugar Plum FacadeDecember 17, 2012
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
By George Nelson
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Work is expected to get under way soon on the façade of the former Two Guys Clothing store building on West Federal Street, where Iron and String Life Enhancement Inc. plans to open a luncheonette and bakery next year.
The city’s Design Review Committee approved the plans for the exterior work, prepared by Paul Hagman, project manager with Faniro Architects Inc., Youngstown. Hagman presented the plans at the committee’s meeting Tuesday morning.
ISLE Inc., which purchased the 107 W. Federal St. property last year, plans to open the Sugar Plum luncheonette/bakery in the first level of the two-story, 4,200-square-foot building to employ adults with disabilities, said Jimmy Sutman, ISLE president. Apartments will be developed on the building’s second floor.
ISLE provides day services for adults with disabilities at its Purple Cat and Golden String centers here, and operates the Touch the Moon Candy Saloon downtown. Sutman says he plans to employ 15 to 20 adults with disabilities at Sugar Plum and another five to 10 nondisabled adults.
The façade renovation will use “many of the same materials and the same character” but bring the storefront’s appearance “into a slightly more contemporary aesthetic as opposed to the midcentury record mart kind of look that it has now,” Hagman told the committee. The facade would feature green planters attached in a decorative fashion and the shiny black material now on the storefront would be replaced with a black matte surface.
“This will be the only ‘green’ façade in downtown Youngstown,” Hagman remarked. “We’re trying to push the limits or at least advance the design in downtown a little bit.”
The façade work represents about $40,000 of the estimated total $250,000 for the entire project, Sutman said. “At least I’m trying to keep it at that,” he remarked.
The goal is to have both the luncheonette/bakery and the apartment space open by early summer, Hagman said.
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