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Planning Commission Approves Salvation Army Site Plan

The Jamestown Planning Commission this week approved a site plan for the Salvation Army’s ANEW Center, while also tabling a site plan for Chautauqua Opportunities Women’s Homeless Shelter.

The ANEW Center is a domestic shelter that provides services for women who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault.

The Salvation Army plans to start phase one of its development for the new site once it receives final approval from the city. Phase one will include a new two-story building, which the Salvation Army already has acquired funding for from the state. The Salvation Army recently received $3.8 million in state funding for the project that is expected to cost $4.8 million.

Representatives of the Salvation Army told the committee the plans for the construction of the first of three buildings meet all the required regulations by the state.

The representatives were not able to provide the location of the new site due to a non-disclosure agreement, however, the Salvation Army presented detailed plans to the Jamestown Planning Commission.

The Salvation Army plans on making improvements both to the parking and the drainage at the new location. Additionally, the organization has developed plans for landscaping at the new location that would improve the site’s environmental footprint.

The new site will have the ability to house seven units with a total of 19 beds for women and children.

The total property size is about 1.2 acres; however, Salvation Army representatives said the “total disturbance” of the plan will involve less than an acre.

The existing building at the new location has already been demolished, paving the way for construction of the new building when all the plans are fully approved.

Although city officials have individually reviewed the plans, the city has not collectively met to give approval to the site plans.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Jamestown Planning Commission unanimously approved the site plans contingent upon the approval of city officials.

Chautauqua Opportunities Women’s Shelter also presented the Jamestown Planning Commission with site plans for a homeless shelter.

The three-story building would house 12 temporary housing apartment units with a maximum capacity of 18 people. Each apartment unit would include a living room area with a small kitchen and a bedroom with a closet.

Residents at the proposed Chautauqua Opportunities Women’s Shelter would be connected with social services and would have a variety of needs met at the facility.

“Our goal with this project from the beginning was to help have a better environment for those who are homeless,” the project engineer said.

While the Jamestown Planning Commission was supportive of the plan, the committee tabled the site plan to allow Chautauqua Opportunities to provide them with more detailed plans.

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