Public Comment Wanted For Chadakoin Park Revitalization Efforts

Public comment is wanted on the Chadakoin River West Brownfield Opportunity Area nomination study.
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Public comment is wanted on the Chadakoin River West Brownfield Opportunity Area nomination study. Submitted photo

There are several goals associated with the Chadakoin River West Brownfield Opportunity Area program, with one of the main objectives being to improve Chadakoin Park.

Public comment is currently wanted on the draft study report that was created by C&S Companies, who was hired by city officials to lead the Brownfield Opportunity Area nomination study through a grant from the state.

“To help focus its revitalization efforts, the city of Jamestown has undertaken a number of significant efforts, which have resulted in several initiatives for the revitalization of the community,” said Crystal Surdyk, Joy Kuebler Landscape Architects project manager. “In order to ensure that the local community is given a voice in the redevelopment planning for the study area, the project team led by C & S Companies is extending an open invitation to the community to review the draft study report and submit your feedback to the city of Jamestown and project team.”

In June, a public meeting on the study report was held at the James Prendergast Library.

During the meeting, Samantha Herberger, C&S Companies project manager, said the goal for the Brownfield nomination study is to create a plan for the city of Jamestown to strengthen the Chadakoin River West Brownfield Opportunity Area through the development of mixed land use and improved connectivity utilizing strategies that will encourage reinvestment and neighborhood enhancements with increased access to natural resources.

Herberger said some of the improvement projects for the Brownfield area include traffic calming and streetscaping for Washington Street and improvements to Chadakoin Park. She added one of the options to creating safer connections along Washington Street through streetscaping and traffic calming includes changing Washington Street from a four-lane highway into a two-lane highway with a turning lane. She said bicycle lanes or trees could also be added to improve traffic flow along Washington Street.

During the June meeting, Surdyk said possible improvements to Chadakoin Park includes creating four zones — educational, active, gathering and multipurpose — within the park. Ideas for the park include creating a BMX bike track, a nature play area to highlight natural aspects of the park and a new playground. Surdyk said a park design committee has been formed to work on Chadakoin Park improvements.

The Chadakoin West Brownfield Opportunity Area, which is approximately 710 acres, boundary east to west is Washington Street to Jones and Gifford Avenue and north to south from the border of the city around Clifton Avenue to McCrea Point Park.

A Brownfield site is real property where the redevelopment or reuse of land may be complicated by the potential presence of a contaminant. Contaminants include hazardous waste and/or petroleum. Locations that enter the state Brownfield Opportunity Area program are given priority status for grants and can receive tax credits from the state’s Brownfield Cleanup program.

In 2015, city officials hired C&S Companies of Buffalo to be the consultant for the Chadakoin West Brownfield project. C&S Companies will coordinate step two of the Brownfield Opportunity Area Program process, which is known as the nomination study. The nomination study provides an in-depth and thorough description and analysis, including an economic and market trends analysis, of existing conditions, opportunities and reuse potential for properties located in the proposed Brownfield Opportunity Area. The nomination process concludes with a description of key findings and recommendations to advance redevelopment of strategic sites and to revitalize the area.

In October 2013, the city’s Chadakoin River West Brownfield Opportunity Area was one of 26 locations to enter the state program. The city received a $269,100 to complete an implementation strategy to foster commercial and residential development on strategic sites.

People who want to review and submit feedback on the study report, visit surveymonkey.com/r/ChadakoinRiverWestBOA. Also, there are physical copies for review at the city Department of Development on the third floor of the Jamestown Municipal Building, located at 200 E. Third St. Comments should be submitted no later than Friday, Oct. 20.

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