City To Submit $100K Grant Application For Skate Park

Vince DeJoy, city development director, discusses the consolidated funding application city officials will submit to the state as part of the Regional Economic Development Council program requesting $100,000 in funding for the proposed new skate park. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

The city of Jamestown will be submitting a $100,000 funding application to the state for a proposed new city skate park.

On Monday, Vince DeJoy, city development director, discussed the consolidated funding application city officials will submit to the state as part of the Regional Economic Development Council program requesting $100,000 in funding for the proposed new skate park.

In January, it was announced by city officials that they had received a Tony Hawk Foundation matching grant of up to $250,000 for a new skateboard park in the city. The location of the new park will be across Jones and Gifford Avenue from McCrea Point Park.

The new state-of-the-art outdoor skateboard park has also been made possible in the city with the assistance of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

DeJoy said he believes it’s a strong grant application because the park will be located in the Downtown Revitalization Initiative area, which the state funded the city $10 million in 2016 to assist with redeveloping the urban core.

Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said he also believes it’s a strong grant application because of the donations being raised by the private sector, which will also go toward matching the grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation.

“Hopefully, this will put us over the goal line,” he said about fund raising efforts.

Last month, DeJoy announced during a public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant that city officials had designated $100,000 for the skate park through the federal funding received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

SK8 JTNY is the name of the donation fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. People interested in donating can send a check to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701. For more information, visit crcfonline.org. or sk8jtny.com.

In other business, DeJoy provided the council with an update on the revamped rental registration program. He said so far city officials have received 1,034 responses. He said the attitude from landlords is that submitting the rental registration form is not difficult. He said once the landlord’s information is entered in the database, city officials will be able to email landlords when the annual rental registration has to be resubmitted, which will consist of landlords just making sure the information in the system is still up-to-date.

DeJoy said city officials have been approached by people who received the form who no longer rent a unit so they have been reclassified. Also, he said they have been approached by landlords who didn’t receive a rental registration who wanted to provide the necessary information.

“People have been good about it,” DeJoy said.

City officials are currently working on 12 demolition projects, DeJoy said. He said there are an additional 19 demolitions city officials would like to finish this year. He said the city wouldn’t be able to demolish as many house as they do without the support of the Chautauqua Land Bank Corp., which received an additional $2 million grant last year from the state Office of the Attorney General’s Land Bank Community Revitalization Initiative Fund.

DeJoy said the first target area zoning code sweep will be happening along the streets of Weeks, Stowe and Thayer. He said a housing code inspector will do a 19 point exterior inspection of each house in the targeted zone.

So far this year there have been 500 zoning complaints and 225 new cases, DeJoy said. He said there are 500 active cases. He added the No. 1 complaint is junk and debris. He also said city officials are dealing with an above average number of complaints about high grass, which is probably due to the rainy spring season.

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