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Council To Hold Special Meeting On Furniture Mart Building

Pictured is the Furniture Mart Building, located at 111 W. Second St. P-J photo by Timothy Frudd

The City Council will hold a special meeting prior to tonight’s work session meetings to discuss the redevelopment of the Furniture Mart Building.

At 6:45 p.m., the City Council will consider an application to New York State Empire State Development under the Restore New York Communities Initiative. The application is for up to $2 million in funding for the redevelopment of the Furniture Mart Building property, located at 111 W. Second St.

In September, the City Council passed a resolution supporting a grant funding application for the renovation and restoration of the Furniture Mart Building.

At the time, Mayor Eddie Sundquist highlighted the importance of the Furniture Mart Building and the city’s desire to see the property restored for the benefit of the community.

“We’re really excited to continue forward with the Furniture Mart Building,” he said. “We’re very excited, hoping to get the Restore funding for that building and be able to move forward with its restoration.”

The city will also hold a public hearing on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. on the Restore New York Communities Initiative grant application. Public comments can be submitted to Crystal Surdyk, city director of development, prior to the meeting. Local residents are also encouraged to voice their comments in person at the public hearing.

As a result of the special meeting on the Furniture Mart Building Monday, the Housing Committee meeting has been canceled. Following the special meeting regarding the Restore New York Communities Initiative grant application, the Finance Committee will meet in the mayor’s conference room, the Public Safety Committee will meet in the police training room and the Public Works committee will meet in the Department of Development conference room. Each of the committee meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Following the individuals committee meetings, the City Council will hold a work session at 7:30 p.m.

Listed on the City Council’s agenda is a resolution for the adoption of the New York State Climate Smart Communities pledge. The pledge would uphold ten elements listed by the state, including building a “climate-smart community,” decreasing the use of energy, transitioning to renewable energy methods, creating a plan for “climate action,” and implementing “climate smart” land usage. The pledge would also express the city’s commitment to support a “green innovation” economy, provide information and inspiration for the public, engage in the process of climate action, enhance Jamestown’s resilience to climate change and utilize “climate-smart” materials management.

Also included on the City Council’s agenda are two public improvement bond payments.

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