Former Crawford Atlas Building Has Been Sold

Jamestown Development Company III, LLC sold 40 Winsor St., Jamestown to 40 Winsor Place, LLC for $150,000. P-J photo by Gregory Bacon

A dilapidated building in Jamestown has been sold, with city officials saying they hope to be able to share about possible improvements in the coming months.

According to records in the Chautauqua County Clerk’s Office, on Jan. 29 Jamestown Development Company III, LLC sold 40 Winsor St. of Brooklyn to 40 Winsor Place, LLC of Jamestown for $150,000.

This is the former Crawford Furniture Atlas Division building, formerly a furniture outlet store. The large building has been an eyesore for several years with broken and boarded up windows. It has condemned signs hanging in it.

In 2015, the Winsor Street building experienced a partial roof collapse due to weather stress and underwent an emergency demolition to part of its structure. There have been suspicious fires since then as well.

Crystal Surdyk with the Jamestown Department of Development was contacted about the sale. “We are very much aware of the recent transfer of 40 Winsor and have been working closely with the new owners for some time on developing their plans. As they continue to stabilize the property they have already erected fencing and will be adding scaffolding to protect pedestrians along the sidewalk along Winsor Street as well as netting to stabilize any potentially loose brick. More substantial stabilization actions will be taken over the next couple of months as the new owners complete their plans for the building and site,” she wrote in an email.

Jamestown Development Company III’s contact information remains on the outside of the building, with a sign saying it had flexible space and could be used for dry storage.

County records indicate Jamestown Development Company purchased the property in 2022 for $26,000.

The county owned the building twice, with it being sold in both 2013 and 2019.

The last time the building appeared to have any value was in 2003 when it was purchased by 40 Winsor St., LLC for $299,300. This name is slightly different from the latest owner. All other transactions over the last 20 years have been under $65,000. In 2016 Shawn Price bought it for $4,000 and in 2019 Tyrone Hall bought it for $3,500.


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