Jackson Spring Project Would Help Nonprofit Organization

Photos of dilapidated houses and a conceptual drawing of the new proposed Jackson Spring housing development project. Citizen’s Opportunity for Development & Equality Inc. and The NRP Group are applying for $12 million in state funding to demolish eight dilapidated houses and to construct the new housing development.

A nonprofit organization helping individuals with disabilities will benefit if the state funds the Jackson Spring housing project $12 million.

Late last year, it was announced Citizen’s Opportunity for Development & Equality Inc. and The NRP Group would be resubmitting a funding application for $12 million to the state Housing and Community Renewal for the Jackson Spring project in Jamestown. In 2015, the two organizations first partnered together for the project, but weren’t successful in being funded.

The proposed new housing complex, if approved for state funding, would also be the new location for the Southwestern Independent Living Center. Marie Carrubba, Southwestern Independent Living Center executive director, said if they moved their offices to Jackson Spring it would provide them with more room for storage.

Carrubba said the organization has storage problems with equipment they loan to individuals with disabilities. She said they store beds, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches and shower benches.

Carrubba said they weren’t actively looking for a new location when they were approached by CODE officials about the proposal to move Southwestern Independent Living Center to Jackson Spring. She said if the project is approved, Southwestern Independent Living Center’s current location, 843 N. Main St., would be demolished to make way for the proposed project. She added their current office building was constructed in 1886.

Carrubba said if Jackson Spring is not approved for state funding, Southwestern Independent Living Center will still need to find a solution for their storage problems.

“We need a new configuration,” she said. “We’ve run out of space.”

The Jackson Spring project is being planned to be constructed along North Main and Spring streets that will include two complexes. One building will have 36 units, with 28 one bedroom and eight two-bedroom apartments. Across the street will be the second complex, which will be seven town houses, five with two bedrooms and two with three bedrooms.

If the project is funded, money will also be used to demolish eight houses to build the new housing development. The front of the apartment complex will face North Main Street, with a parking lot located behind the facility along Spring Street.

CODE will also be working with the Chautauqua Blind Association to assist the visually impaired with housing at the proposed facility.

Patrick Morris, CODE executive director, said he hasn’t heard any information from state officials about whether they have received funding from the state for the Jackson Spring project.