Photo taken of parking meters used in the city before urban renewal. Niles Bank Building rises on the skyline in the center of picture.

Photo taken of parking meters used in the city before urban renewal. Niles Bank Building rises on the skyline in the center of picture.
Dated June 11, 1972

A Dairy Queen is now located on this site(2014).

Photographs of Buildings in Downtown Niles, Ohio

Prior to Urban Renewal
1972-1976

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Niles 1950-1970
While the residential areas of Niles were expanding rapidly after World War II, the downtown area in the 1950’s remained much the same as it had been in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Once a thriving business community, the downtown area began its decline in the 1930’s. The Saturday night shoppers who crowded the downtown streets had disappeared and much of the sense of community that had highlighted the city’s history was lost.
The Hoffman Store fire of 1962 was a real tragedy. It marked the beginning of the real decline of the downtown area. Because of the fire, adjacent buildings, Ragazzo’s and Pritchard’s had to be torn down due to smoke and heat damage.
Years of planning under a federal urban renewal program has transformed the downtown area. By the end of 1976, the business district that had been laid out by James Heaton has been almost completely razed. The local businessman is gone and little retail business exists in downtown Niles.
The construction of Strip Malls in McKinley Heights(1950s), The Village Center Plaza(early1960s), and the Eastwood Mall(late 1960s) offered shoppers larger retail stores with parking outside of the downtown area, this hastened the demise of the downtown.


In 1976, work under the Federal Urban Renewal Program began to transform the downtown area.

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In 1976, work under the Federal Urban Renewal Program began to transform the downtown area.

The Niles City Police and Fire Departments were relocated to the new Niles City Municipal Building on State Street which included a new jail and Municipal Court facilities.

With the demolition of the buildings on State Street, the street itself was moved east closer to Mosquito Creek providing additional space between North Main Street and East State Street. A new one-way street between East State Street and East Park Avenue provides access to downtown buildings and egress for fire department trucks going out on a call. Except for the west side of Main Street, no buildings predating 1910 remain in the downtown area.

The following graphic photographs were taken to illustrate the condition of the buildings on State Street, East Park Avenue, and Main Street. The images were used in the application for Federal funds to demolish old buildings so that modern business facilities could be constructed.

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State Street Buildings

Photo taken of The Commercial Hotel located 117 E. State St. (south side) in downtown Niles, before urban renewal. Photo taken of The Commercial Hotel located 117 E. State St. (south side) in downtown Niles, before urban renewal.

Dated June 7, 1972

 


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Photo taken of Niles Shoe Repair & Niles Laundry located at 130 & 132 E. State St. in downtown Niles before urban renewal.Photo taken of Niles Shoe Repair & Niles Laundry located at 130 & 132 E. State St. in downtown Niles before urban renewal.

 

 

 

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Photo of building located at 85 E. State St. in down town Niles before urban renewal. Bernard Music is located in right hand corner of picture.Photo of building located at 85 E. State St. in down town Niles before urban renewal. Bernard Music is located in right hand corner of picture.

 

 

 

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Photo taken of the Bahm Shoe Center located at 43 E. State St., Niles. Formerly a department store.Photo taken of the Bahm Shoe Center located at 43 E. State St., Niles. Formerly a department store.

Dated June 26, 1972

 

 

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The State Liquor Store, Little Annies' Inn and Amvets were located on the west side of State Street.The State Liquor Store, Little Annies' Inn and Amvets were located on the west side of State Street.

 

 

 

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Photo taken of the north side of E. State St. Beginning with the Home Federal Savings Bank at the far left, next Barber Shop, Alphonsi's Studio & Jensen's Hardware on the west or inside of bend on State St. in downstown Niles before urban renewal. Photo taken of the north side of E. State St. Beginning with the Home Federal Savings Bank at the far left, next Barber Shop, Alphonsi's Studio & Jensen's Hardware on the west or inside of bend on State St. in downstown Niles before urban renewal.

 

 

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East Park Avenue Buildings

Photo taken of The Spot Restaurant located at 13 E. Park Ave. (south side) in downtown Niles before the advent of urban renewal.Photo taken of The Spot Restaurant located at 13 E. Park Ave. (south side) in downtown Niles before the advent of urban renewal.

Dated June 11, 1972

 

 

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Picture taken of Sam Bernard's gas station located at 32 E. Park Ave. (north side) before urban renewalPicture taken of Sam Bernard's gas station located at 32 E. Park Ave. (north side) before urban renewal.

Dated June 11, 1972

 

 

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Picture taken of Rocky's Barbershop located at 50 E. Park Ave. in downtown Niles before urban renewal. Picture taken of Rocky's Barbershop located at 50 E. Park Ave. in downtown Niles before urban renewal.

Dated June 11, 1972

 

 


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Main Street and Miscellaneous Buildings

Photo taken of the old Police and Fire Station located on the east side of the Post Office, on West Park Ave. in downtown Niles before urban renewal.Photo taken of the old Police and Fire Station located on the east side of the Post Office, on West Park Ave. in downtown Niles before urban renewal.

Dated June 27, 1972

 



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View of the IOOF Building on Main StreetView of the IOOF Building and Calvin's Drug Store at corner of North Main Street and West Park Avenue.

All buildings at this corner have been demolished.

 


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The final stages of the destruction of the Antler Hotel.The final stages of the destruction of the Antler Hotel.

Dated June 1976.

 

 

 


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