City Officials Discuss Endorsements Of CFA?Projects
The city of Jamestown has narrowed down five Consolidated Funding Applications to possibly endorse for state grant funding.
On Monday, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said the city will be assisting and partnering with community organizations on the grant applications as part of the state Regional Economic Development Council program. This is the seventh year of the competitive grant program, which began in 2011.
One of the grant applications is for Northwest Arena to expand their Grapes and Hops festival. Sherry Hutley, Northwest Arena director of sponsorship and marketing, said the event combines local wineries and breweries. She said they would like to expand the event through a Market New York grant. She added that they want to use both ice rinks at the arena to have 20 wineries and 20 breweries participate in the festival.
Another project that is being considered for endorsement is the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and Gebbie Foundation application for a New York Main Street Downtown Anchor grant. Vince DeJoy, city development director, said local architect Joseph Rollman and Jason Sivak of Sivak Stonemasonry are working to rehabilitate 10-12 W. Second St. DeJoy said the building would be renovated to be a mixed-use commercial space with a community kitchen and upper floor apartments. He said the cost of the project is estimated to be $2.75 million.
In 2013 and 2014 the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation was successful in receiving a New York Main Street Downtown Anchor grant. In 2013, they received $250,000 to assist in funding the redevelopment of the former M&T Bank Building into the Signature Center. In 2014, they received $500,000 for the future Jamestown Brewing Company development at the Lillian V. Ney Renaissance Center.
The third endorsement would be for the JRC’s application for a grant for the Arcade Building. DeJoy said C & S Companies would conduct a study on the cost to rehabilitate or demolish the Arcade Building.
The fourth application is the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation’s plan to update the Urban Design Plan. DeJoy said the grant is for $100,000 to do part two of the study. He said the first part of the study is being implemented successfully.
Goody Clancy is the architecture firm that created Jamestown’s Urban Design Plan in 2006. The plan identified a need to look at how vehicles and pedestrians move throughout the city, in particular the downtown core. That plan was crafted with help from Bergmann Associates.
The fifth grant application would be for the city to partner with the Gebbie Foundation to create a public piazza between Jefferson and Washington streets around Northwest Arena and the National Comedy Center. DeJoy said they are looking to change the surface of the street to stamped concrete cobblestone. He said this area of the city would be closed to traffic during events at the arena or the National Comedy Center. When there is no event, the street would be open to vehicle traffic. He added the estimated cost projections for this project is a $600,000.
Teresi said there is no guarantee these funding applications will be approved. He said there are two steps to the competitive process. The first step is for each project to be reviewed by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council. He said the Western New York council will receive more than 200 funding applications.
The second step is then for state officials to judge funding applications from all 10 state Regional Economic Development Councils. Teresi said 80 percent of the scoring for the funding application comes from the state analysis.
Teresi said for the first time in the seven-year history of the Regional Economic Development Council program, the Western New York Council will be meeting in Jamestown to hear about the Consolidated Funding Application projects Monday, Aug. 14, at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St.
Teresi said City Council will vote on the funding applications at their next meeting Monday because their July meeting, Monday, July 31, takes place after the deadline for funding applications. The Consolidated Funding Application deadline is Friday, July 28.