Several Construction Projects Are Ongoing In County

The inside of the future Jamestown City Center was used last spring as a dress boutique for prom season. Studio D hosted its second annual dress give away at the location. P-J file photo

Under construction has been a theme that has been ongoing, and continues to be, in Chautauqua County

Several construction projects have officially opened, most notably the National Comedy Center in downtown Jamestown, during the last year, with more grand openings to come in the future.

One of the projects expected to be completed this year is the new Chautauqua Center that will be located at 107 Institute St., Jamestown. The new health-related services facility will have primary care for all ages, physicals and dental appointments to pediatric care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, immunizations, women’s health care including birth control and sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment.

Recruiter and Marketing Specialist Alicia Ekstrom told The Post-Journal essentially, emergency room care is about the only thing the center won’t provide, making it a “one-stop shop” for many residents’ health care needs. As a federally qualified health center, the Chautauqua Center also provides bilingual representation for English and Spanish-speakers. Assistance is received from the New York State Plan of Health Market Place, Medicaid and Child Health Plus. College students, whether they are local residents or originate from out of town, are encouraged to use the center for its services.

Ekstrom said a tentative late April opening is scheduled for the new Jamestown location, which is under construction. The spring opening will be a partial opening, and full completion of the facility should be finished in late August. The new location will house nine behavioral health rooms, 42 medical rooms, 12 dental rooms and a full pharmacy in the 77,000-square-foot space.

Construction on The Lodge at Chautauqua Lake luxury condominium resort in Mayville will start sometime this spring. P-J photo by Eric Zavinski

Every year since the center’s inception in 2013, the staff has been able to implement new services from dental programs to pediatric care and a pharmacy program last year, Ekstrom said. The Chautauqua Center also provides educational outreach at schools, farmers markets, YMCA and the Salvation Army regarding nutrition.

The Chautauqua Center is currently located at 110 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown. Facilities are also located at both 314 and 319 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. A Pediatric Center is located on 1134 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. The Jamestown location can be contacted at 484-4334, and the Primary Care/Dental offices in Dunkirk can be contacted at 366-6036. All offices are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. More information can also be found at thechautauquacenter.org. New patients are welcome, and there is currently no wait list.

Another project to open in the future will be the Jamestown City Center, which will open at the former Key Bank building located at 200-206 N. Main St. Lori Galster, project manager for Arnold Duke, said they have contracted with NuWood Creations of Ashville to handle the roofing, demolition and asbestos abatement work, which are the first two phases of the renovation project. She said hopefully in six weeks to two months they will be going out to bid for phase three construction work.

The Jamestown City Center once completed will include the creation of eight residential apartments, office space for a corporate tenant and commercial and community service space that will be used for a variety of activities. Galster said there could be a partial opening of the apartments for rent and the commercial and community service space by the fall time, with the complete renovations to include the office space expected to be done in 2020. The renovations of the Jamestown City Center are estimated to be around $3.5 million.

The commercial and community space will include a dinner theater, who Galster could not name until the final contracts are signed, but employee around 12 people and have a successful production in Pennsylvania. She said the theater group has the rights to perform Carol Burnett acts and they will perform four times a week.

The commercial and community service space will also include a nonprofit that wants to have culinary art, graphic art, and clay and painting classes.

“They operate already for a children’s program,” Galster said. “This will be for adults and they have a staff of 35 people.”

The new tech company that will use the new office space will have about 25 employees. Galster said they will have additional 6,000 square feet of space available for another business to rent as well.

The four-story, 40,000-square-foot building project received $1 million through the state Downtown Revitalization Initiative program. Also in January 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the project would receive $500,000 through the Restore New York Communities Initiative program.

Galster is also the project manager for Main Street Developers, which is owned by Duke, for the renovations of the former Marine Midland Bank located across the street at 201 N. Main St. Galster said preliminary engineering study is being done to possibly make the former bank the new location for Enchanted Mountain Spirits. She said the building last year had been used as the new Jamestown Emporium, which could be moved to the new Jamestown City Center if the distillery moves into the building.

Another future project is happening in Mayville. In August 2018, the Webb family announced the creation of The Lodge At Chautauqua Lake, which will start construction in April or May, said Terry Elsemore, project director. He said the hope is to open the luxury condominium facility 12 months from the start of construction. He added there will be 27 luxury condominiums that will range from several one, two and three room facilities with one four bedroom penthouse.

Amenities will include valet and concierge services, with 24/7 desk operation, Elsemore said. He said there will be a rooftop pool and hot tubs, a rooftop wine bar and rooftop sanctuary or quite area. He added there will be spa treatment rooms, a club for those who own their own boat, a restaurant and lounge and a fitness center.

Elsemore said the units will be sold as a traditional condominium or a one/sixth fractional ownership.

“That is for people who only stay a week or two in the Chautauqua region,” he said.

So far, 900 people have shown interest in purchasing one of the condominiums, with the idea only be unveiled last summer.

Jim and Sally Webb, owners of Webb’s Captain Table restaurant and adjoining candy store, and their son, Ben, and his wife, Amy, announced details about the creation of the luxury condominium resort that will be located on Water Street in Mayville last summer.


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