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City Officials To Vote On Building Redevelopment

If the Jamestown City Council approves transferring property to the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency, the building located at 8 E. Second St., which was once scheduled to be demolished, will be redeveloped along with the vacant parcel at 10-12 E. Second St. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

New life has been given to a building that was once scheduled to be demolished.

On Monday, the Jamestown City Council will vote to possibly transfer 8 E. Second St. from the city to the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency for the purpose of redeveloping the building along with the vacant parcel located at 10-12 E. Second St.

Earlier this month, the council discussed the plan to send request for proposals to regional redevelopers for the properties.

The building located at 8 E. Second St. had originally been scheduled to be demolished because it was attached to 10-12 E. Second St., which was demolished in November 2016 following a partial roof collapse.

Vince DeJoy, city development director, told the council because the building is in the Jamestown historic district it was determined by the state Historic Preservation Office during the state environmental quality review process that the structurally sound building shouldn’t be demolished.

DeJoy said interest has been shown in the building even though it currently doesn’t have a complete set of stairs.

He added that part of the stairs to 8 E. Second St. had been connected to 10-12 E. Second St. Whoever redevelops the property will need to install a stair tower.

DeJoy said the empty partial where 10-12 E. Second St. was located has been donated to the city by the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp.

Last year, city officials received a $100,000 State and Municipal Facilities Program grant to facilitate the demolition of 8 E. Second St. and 24 N. Main St.

In June 2017, a fire occurred at 24 N. Main St., which is next to the railroad overpass in downtown Jamestown.

Since the fire, city officials have researched ways to either stabilize the structure, which is next to the Arcade Building, or tear it down.

In other business, the Community Development Block Grant public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Jamestown City Council chambers located on the second floor of the city Municipal Building, located at 200 E. Third St.

Earlier this month, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said the public hearing is the start of the 30-day comment period on the action plan developed by city officials on how to use CDBG and HOME funding. City officials will present their 2019 action plan during the public hearing.

City officials will receive more than $1.16 million in CDBG funds and $315,000 in HOME funding in 2019. In 2018, city officials received $1,158,549 in CDBG funding and $326,751 in HOME funding.

The city council will also vote on whether to accept an agreement with First Symetra National Life Insurance Company placed through Premier Consulting Associates for its stop-loss insurance policy for the period June 1 to May 31, 2020.

Earlier this month, Joseph Bellitto, city comptroller, discussed the proposals city officials received for stop-loss insurance. He said the good news is that the best proposal would be $45,000 less than last year’s proposal. He suggested that the council continues to accept a policy with a $175,000 deductible. He said currently one city employee on the self-insured health plan will exceed the deductible. He said two other employees could exceed it as well.

The council will also vote on whether to accept the Urban Design Plan 2.0. In December 2017, the Jamestown Renaissance Center received an $87,500 state grant through the Regional Economic Development Council program to fund the creation of the second urban design plan.

The new plan is an extension of the original that was released in 2006, which won awards for design and implementation. Both plans have been produced by Goody Clancy, an architecture, planning and preservation firm serving educational, governmental and private sector clients and communities.

The 2.0 plan has four main design focuses — the continued renewal of the Chadakoin riverfront; make downtown a more walkable and better connected; recognizing the potential emerging health and wellness district as a vital new component of the downtown landscape; and expand on programs and events downtown that are fun, free and for the family.

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