A new development to attract young professionals is almost completed in downtown Jamestown.
The Willow Bay Apartments are still under construction in the Willow Bay Commerce Center, 21 E. Third St. The Willow Bay Commerce Center is a multi-purpose building that has commercial office and retail business space, a theater, a banquet facility and will soon have apartments. Jordan Spencer, Willow Bay Commerce Center general manager and co-owner, said the building houses businesses and community organizations like Chautauqua Works, Willow Bay Computer Solutions, Capital Resolution Services and Venture Forthe.
The building is co-owned by Spencer, his wife, Kira, and Gary, Dawn, Jason and Billie Lynn. Spencer said construction on the Willow Bay Apartments started last summer when the third and fourth floors of the building were gutted for the new living spaces.
The Willow Bay Commerce Center, 21 E. Third St., Jamestown. The building houses commercial and retail business space, a theater, a banquet facility and, soon, apartments.
''We thought at first we were only going to have four apartments, but then we realized how much space we had up here and it turned into nine,'' Spencer said.
There will be three two-bedroom and six one-bedroom apartments. Spencer said some of the apartments will be completed soon once the electrical, plumbing and carpeting work is done. He said by October apartments could be ready to be rented. For those interested in leasing, people can go to willowbaybuilding.com, call 664-1516 or they can visit the business' office at 19 E. Third St. Spencer said rent will range from $500 to $700 a month depending on the apartment. They range in size from 620 square feet to 1,100 square feet.
Apartment amenities include a secured entry, wall air-conditioning units, central laundry, one handicapped-accessible apartment and new scenic picture windows for viewing downtown Jamestown. Spencer said he has been living in a loft apartment on the fifth floor of the building, and the downtown view is spectacular, especially during the wintertime.
''All those lights up downtown really put you in the Christmas spirit,'' he said.
Spencer said the apartments will be great living space for professionals who want to be at the heart of the city.
''What we really are trying for is to provide convenient housing to young professionals downtown,'' he said. ''We want the tenants to be active downtown.''
The owners of the building received a $25,000 grant from the Jamestown Renaissance Corp. for the apartment construction. Peter Lombardi, JRC executive director, said adding the modern apartments will only add to the quality of life in downtown Jamestown.
''This puts us closer on par to offering what big cities have to offer,'' he said.