City Planning Approves Lutheran Project

The city Planning Commission has approved the site plan for a new 9,300-square-foot building for Lutheran.

David Rhinehart of Clark Patterson Lee recently presented the plans for the new Lutheran community building, which will involve the demolition of an existing staff building. He said the project is estimated to take 18 months to complete and will start as soon as construction bids have been approved.

The new building will be located on the corner of Aldren Avenue and Falconer Street. The project will also include a new patio, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping.

In other business, the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities gave a presentation on solid waste collection in downtown Jamestown. Jim Alexander, BPU solid waste/wastewater supervisor, said the BPU provides residential, commercial and dumpster solid waste services for the downtown area. However, there are also seven other businesses that provide solid waste removal in downtown Jamestown.

David Leathers, BPU general manager, said sometimes people who are planning economic development projects downtown don’t always consider issues involving solid waste disposal. He said solid waste collection should be a topic the city Planning Commission considers before approving a site plan.

Jeff Lehman, city public works director, said he understands the issues that occur when downtown business don’t consider solid waste disposal when planning projects. However, he said most business that locate downtown don’t come before the city Planning Commission for site plan approval. He added that if a business is relocating to an existing downtown building, there is no need to come before the commission.