Master plan leaves Wick-Pollock in shadows
YSU administrators announced the Wick-Pollock Inn renovations two years ago, saying that they were to begin in late 2005 or early 2006. In 2004, Sweet told The Jambar that the mansion and its rock garden would be at the core of YSU's restoration mission. Currently, there are no restoration plans in the works for the inn until a developer is chosen, Sweet said. Sweet's ultimate vision for the inn is to some day turn it into a hotel, while using it as a learning laboratory for the hospitality students from the College of Health and Human Services. "I'm actually in conversations with three different developers as we speak," Sweet said.
All of this is a shame. The Inn is one of those buildings that could be a focal point for Downtown Youngstown and instead it sits empty and forgotten. Kudos to the YSU Student Government for taking an interest in the gardens but shame on the University for letting the rest of the property wallow.