Friday, January 07, 2005

Arena officials await steel delivery

Published: Sat, Jan 1, 2005

YOUNGSTOWN — Steel for building the Youngstown Convocation Center should arrive on the site by late next week, after about a week's delay by weather.

The arena is under construction between the Market Street and South Avenue bridges in the downtown area.

Snowy, icy weather in the Columbus area this week prevented access to fabricated steel being stored in a yard there, as did power outages, explained Jeff Kossow, the center's executive director.

Erection cranes are on the Youngstown site awaiting the steel.

"We're not uncomfortable because we built some time into this process," he noted.

The $41 million facility, which will be the home of a Central Hockey League team owned by businessman Herb Washington of Boardman, is scheduled to open in the fall.

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