Is Low-Income Housing The Future Of Jamestown?

To The Reader’s Forum:

This editorial is in response to an article that recently appeared in The Post-Journal.

The article dealt with the Gateway Center (former Chautauqua Hardware building) and the various types of apartments that the center would house. One member on the committee commented on “Jamestown’s need for more low-income housing.” What planet is this person from? What do they consider the Appleyard project? The Appleyard housing project, one structure, occupies a four-cornered block (East Second Street, Cross Street, Windsor Street and Crescent Street). This four-blocked area has secured/garaged parking and off-street parking. The second structure across the street also has off-street parking and occupies East Second Street up to the East Fifth Street turnoff.

How will adding more low-income housing affect Jamestown’s ever-dwindling tax base? How will this affect Jamestown’s infrastructure?

Maybe the city needs to place more emphasis on fixing up the zombie houses and get them back on the tax rolls. This city needs more responsible, property-owning taxpayers. Is low-income housing Jamestown’s future for property?

Douglas A. Beardsley