I have complained about this eyesore for years. My problem with this particular building is that it was located at a busy entrance to the city and offered visitors the worst possible view when they entered the city.
The former YBM Corp. building has been empty since 1989 and had that abandoned and derelict look that scares the heebie jeebies out of visitors as they travel to Stambaugh Auditorium, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, YSU and the Covelli Centre. There was nothing quite like pulling up to the light at Logan and wondering if some strung out bum was going to come stumbling out of this joint. Especially if you were unlucky enough to catch a train. I know a few people who just avoided the area by driving out of their way to access the city via Belmont Ave.
I traveled into the city Sunday and was pleasantly surprised to see the building was gone and the lot flattened. I did a little research and it appears that the city plans to plant grass immediately and then develop the land for light industrial use.
True, we've lost another "Eddie loves Debbie" work of art but, hey, progress has its costs.
A round of applause is due to everyone in the city and state government who persevered to remove this blighted structure.