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Historic District

Commission Approves Site Plan For Former Bank Building

The site plan for the former Key Bank Building was approved by the Jamestown Planning Commission Tuesday. The proposed mix-use redevelopment project at 200-206 will include office space, eight apartments, a commercial kitchen, dinner theater, adult cooking classes, graphic art, clay and painting classes, rental space for banquets, wine tasting lounge and escape rooms. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

The site plan for the future location that will house a dinner theater, residential apartments and office space has been approved.

On Tuesday, the Jamestown Planning Commission approved the site plan for the former Key Bank Building, located at 200-206 N. Main St. David Misenheimer, LaBella project architect, said he represents Arnold Duke, owner of the building, and presented aspects of the project.

The adaptive reuse of the building will be renovated to include an area for a dinner theater on the main floor. Also on the main floor will be space for computers that will be used by a local nonprofit entity.

In the basement there are three vaults, one of which will be used to store wine for a wine tasting lounge. He said the wine tasting will be done in the area where safety deposit boxes used to be stored at the former bank.

Lori Galster, Galster Enterprises and project manager, said the other two vaults in the basement will be used for kitchen supplies and storage.

Misenheimer said the third floor will contain apartments and office space. On the fourth floor, he said there will just be apartments.

Because the building is in the city’s historic district, Misenheimer said the state Historic Preservation Office had to approve of the renovations.

He said so far a new roof has been installed and some of the interior demolition has occurred, with more planned in the future months. He added there will be no changes to the front of the building. Project officials will go out to bid as soon as possible.

Galster did not release the name of the dinner theater company, but did say the business is out of Erie, Pa., where they perform four shows a week, 52 weeks a year. She said the theater company has the rights to produce programs by Carol Burnett. She added when the space isn’t being used by the dinner theater company, it will be used for other activities like adult cooking classes, graphic art, clay and painting classes and rental space for banquets.

Galster said, as of now, they have a letter of intent from one tech company to lease office space and another company has shown interest.

The four-story building project received $1 million through the state Downtown Revitalization Initiative program. In January 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced the project would receive $500,000 through the Restore New York Communities Initiative program.

Duke purchased the building during a closed auction in July 2016.

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