Big construction projects planned this summer at YSU

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The spring semester at Youngstown State ended last week so there weren’t many students on campus Monday, but that didn’t mean it was quiet. It’ll be a busy summer at YSU with 10 different construction projects taking place.

YSU announced Monday that $37 million worth of construction projects will be taking place in and around the campus during the summer months.

Maybe the most noticeable is the Don Constantini Multimedia Center being built on the east side of Stambaugh Stadium. This project alone is $3 million. The Constantini family donated $1 million to help make it happen.

When the multimedia center is done, it will house classrooms for the Department of Communication and be the media press box for home football games. It is expected to be done for the first game on September 7.

Right next to the multimedia center in the back will be a new parking lot at Elm Street and East Bound Service Road. It will have 334 spaces between the Watts Center and Stambaugh Stadium. This is where the tennis courts used to be. That’s costing $1.1 million.

“We knew this was going to be a busy construction season,” said YSU spokesperson Ron Cole. “We saw that coming maybe two, three years out and now everything’s coming together this summer. It’s one of the more hectic construction seasons we’ve had in a long time.”

Some of the other construction projects taking place over the summer will be a new Cafaro Field along Elm Street for soccer and lacrosse. The $2.5 million project is partially funded through a $1.5 million gift from the Cafaro family. The facility is expected to open in time for the fall semester.

There will be a new indoor tennis facility built along W. Scott Street, across from Stambaugh Stadium. The $4 million facility is expected to open by the end of the year. It will house six tennis courts, restrooms and lockers.

The Physical Therapy Department in Cushwa Hall will be renovated, costing $1.8 million.

The second and third floors of Meshel Hall will be renovated to create more classrooms and expand restrooms, totaling $2.25 million.

There will be some repairs to Ward Beecher Hall, costing $1.75 million.

There are plans for another parking lot downtown at the corner of Phelps and Wood streets, as the old City Printing building will be demolished.

Two other big projects downtown will be the new Mahoning Valley Innovation and Commercialization Center and a campus loft apartment complex at the corner of Rayen and Wick avenues.

The center should be finished by the fall of 2020. This $11.5 million project will be located in an existing building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and W. Commerce Street, and includes adding on about 32,000 square feet.

The Mahoning Valley Innovation and Commercialization Center will serve as a place to train for workforce development, innovation and research with a focus on advanced manufacturing.

The $12 million, four-story student housing project will take the place of the old St. Vincent DePaul thrift store and Penguin Place buildings, which will be demolished. The apartment complex should be open by the 2020 fall semester.

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