‘We’re done’: City of Youngstown wants Chill-Can land back

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — It’s been six years since the ground was laid for the Chill-Can factory in Youngstown and although there are three buildings, nothing has ever been built.

Now that a magistrate has ruled that the Joseph Company – owner of the Chill-Can factory – has breached its contract and owes the city $1.5 million, will the next step be to bring the companies in? in buildings to use them?

The area around the three buildings that make up the East Side Chill-Can factory in Youngstown is covered in weeds. Tall bushes obscure the view and a vine weaves its way through a fence.

“I know the mayor wants these buildings and wants this land back,” said Youngstown legal director Jeff Limbian.

Limbian says the city wants to take over the buildings.

Reporter Stan Boney: “If you collect them, do you have people lining up to use them?”
Limbian: “There have been calls and inquiries from several entities.”

“You can’t get loans and private equity money to invest more capital when there’s a lawsuit going on,” attorney Brian Kopp said.

Kopp represents the Joseph company. He plans to appeal to Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney for the reimbursement of $1.5 million ordered by the magistrate. Kopp expects the case for further damages and who controls the property to end at trial. If he loses there, he will continue to appeal.

“It’s also complex in contractual interpretation, damages and all the things that come with difficult litigation and appellate work. It could go on for years and years,” Kopp said.

“Which speaks again to the fact that Mitchell Joseph, despite all his portrayals, cares little or nothing for the people of Youngstown, Ohio,” Limbian said.

Limbian says the city and Joseph Company owner Mitchell Joseph tried to negotiate a settlement. Limbian would not say what was offered, only that all future negotiations are over.

Limbian: “But suffice it to say, there’s nothing Mitchell Joseph can do but leave that would satisfy the city.”
Boney: “At this point, are you finished?”
Limbian: “We’re done.”

“It should be viewed from the perspective that we have someone who invested their own treasurer in our city for no reason other than the fact that there were ties. Why we don’t honor that, I can’t understand,” Kopp said.

A hearing is scheduled for October 17 to find out the status of the Chill-Can case. We may learn then when a trial could begin.

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