City Looks To Save Building Slated For Demolition

The building at 8 E. Second St. was scheduled to be demolished, but will now be redeveloped. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

A building once scheduled to be demolished by city officials will now be redeveloped.

On Monday, the Jamestown City Council discussed the plan to send request for proposals to regional redevelopers for the building located at 8 E. Second St. The building had originally been scheduled to be demolished because it was attached to 10-12 E. Second St., which was part of an emergency demolition in November 2016 following a partial roof collapse.

Vince DeJoy, city development director, said 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.

As part of the process to redevelop the building, DeJoy said the city will transfer ownership to the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency. He 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. were connected to 10-12 E. Second St. Whoever redevelops the property will also have 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 demolishing 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.

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.