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1K Kids Run Registration

Our 1K Kids Run will continue this August 19th at Community Day. The run will start at 12 PM (Noon), but please arrive by 11:45 to complete registration. Please fill out the following form to guarantee your child a shirt!

Collaboration, Community and Creativity; Pearl City Arts Building to Hold Open House

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Entrance to Pearl City Arts Building

Within the 48,000 sq. feet of the Pearl City Arts building, a variety of local entrepreneurs now fill what was once a local union hall. It’s been under the same ownership for 15 years and the vision for the building has always remained the same; attract creative, enthusiastic and committed tenants. The architecture of the building is unlike any other in the core downtown area. It was built before the arrival of electric light, so its design includes an abundance of windows which adds to its present day charm.

In recent years, the Pearl City Arts building and the Jamestown Public Market have developed a unique synergy. With the markets expansion in 2014, the move to Cherry Street provided a larger area for the market to operate including a beautiful city park for visitors to enjoy. This also meant more foot traffic to the businesses within the Pearl City Arts building.

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Courtyard of Pearl City Arts Building

Jamestown Public Market Manager, Christina Breen, sat down with a few of the business owners to talk about their latest recruitment effort as a group, which is an Open House on Saturday August 5th from 9-1pm. This event is a fun and interactive way for members of the community to see what type of space the building has to offer.

“I walked up the front stairs of the building to this beautiful courtyard, with a newly constructed deck, that was lined with kohlrabi and tomato plants that the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation gave away a few weeks before” states Christina Breen.

Tim Palmgren, owner of Gifts, Décor & More says, “whether you’re looking for 100 sq. feet or 3,000 sq. feet, this building has that and everything in between.” Palmgren also mentioned it was his dream to have an apartment above his store, and this month he is celebrating his two year anniversary in business.

Karen Hansen, owner and instructor of Sun Moon Yoga & Wellness, raves about the manageable rent and the positive energy amongst the tenants. Hansen describes Pearl City Arts as, “a communal space for artists and those in the wellness and health field to thrive.” Hansen recently held a Yoga Mala Day in June and had over 21 people attend the event, and hopes more health professionals will move into the building.

Besides its historic relevance and ideal location within downtown Jamestown, the rent is manageable compared to most storefronts and spaces in the city. The group stressed the need for art and wellness to be accessible and sees the Pearl City Arts building as a place for artists and entrepreneurs to get their start.  Businesses located in the building include; Gifts, Décor & More, The Gypsy Moon Cake Co., Trinity Martial Arts & Fitness, Bodies by Rosemary, Sun Moon Yoga & Wellness, Jessica L. Cobb Photography, The Cheeky Boutique, Coffee and Canvas, 38mm Photography, Light Benders and Phoenix Rising.

Stop down to the Jamestown Public Market and the Pearl City Arts Open House on Saturday August 5th, from 9-1 PM.

Lisa Hatch and Zach Agett added to JRC team

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation has announced that Lisa Hatch has been hired as Executive Director for the organization and Zachary Agett has been hired as the Marketing and Events Manager. In addition, the organization recently completed its relocation to the third floor of the Lynn Building at 301 E Second Street.

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Lisa Hatch, Executive Director

“We are thrilled to welcome our two newest team members,” said Dr. Len Faulk, JRC Board Co-Chair.  “Lisa and Zachary bring a wealth of knowledge to the table and a unique set of skills that will enhance our vision to inspire stronger neighborhoods, a vibrant downtown and an engaged community.” An open house is being planned next month to welcome everyone to our new space and introduce our newest staff members.”

Lisa, a native of Buffalo, is returning to Chautauqua County, which has been a dream of hers since graduating from Fredonia State in 1994. At Fredonia State, Lisa earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Sociology, with a focus in Social Work. After graduation Lisa returned to Buffalo, where she spent 25 years working in healthcare, most recently as Administrative Director at Roswell Park. Lisa, her partner Sharon Przyblak, and their dogs are in the process of relocating to the Jamestown area. Lisa loves dogs and spending time on the lake, and is looking forward to joining the Chautauqua Rowing Club. When asked about her move to Jamestown, Lisa says, “People don’t realize how lucky and blessed they are to be here. It’s like I won the lottery! I’ve traveled a lot, and Jamestown has the friendliest people I’ve ever met.”

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Zach Agett, Marketing and Events Manager

A Jamestown native, Zach lives with his wife Breeanne and son Lincoln. He recently graduated with honors with a Master’s in Business Administration from Capella University. Zach’s previous work experience includes serving as a Career Transition Specialist for youth at the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy, as well as being selected as an intern for the Chautauqua Advancement Project. At JRC, his role will focus on promoting local businesses and attractions through the Jamestown Up Close initiative. In addition, he will manage JRC events and cultivate partnerships with organizations that support community revitalization activities.

“Over the past several years, I’ve watched with excitement as city blocks and neighborhoods throughout Jamestown have become cleaner and more modern,” said Zach. “It is very rewarding to be starting a career with JRC, an organization that has been so vital to the city’s rejuvenation, and to be able to assist in the growth and development of my hometown.”

Farmers Market Returns To Jamestown On Saturday

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Jamestown’s farmers market has a new day of the week and a rebranded name.

For this summer, the farmers market will take place on Saturdays instead of Thursdays along Cherry Street between Second and Third streets. Also, the new name is the Jamestown Public Market instead of the Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market. The market will be held on Saturdays through October, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Most people don’t realize that the Jamestown farmers market has been around since 1878,” said Christina Breen, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation events coordinator and project associate. “The name Jamestown Public Market was added to the city directory in 1913. We wanted to preserve that piece of history and honor the efforts of past farmers and artisans who fought for over a century to keep this tradition alive.”

The change in the day for the 21-week event has been in discussion for many years, as community members and downtown business owners continue to suggest that weekend hours will improve attendance by accommodating people who work during the week. It also allows participants to enjoy free parking for the event.

“Saturdays are a busy day for farmers, but Jamestown’s market has proven worthwhile for them, so they are enthusiastic to see what a Saturday morning market will bring this season,” Breen said. “We are hoping for a great turnout, which leads to improved foot traffic for downtown businesses and increased profits for vendors and farmers. Increased attendance also helps us acquire data needed to expand to a year-round indoor market at some point in the future.”

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation has partnered with Univera Healthcare, UPMC Chautauqua WCA and UPMC Hamot to sponsor the market amenities to encourage full success and revenue retention for participating vendors. The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation’s staff works hard to garner sponsorship and relationships with community partners to lessen the burden on vendors by charging a small vendor fee each week.

The market operates next to the Pearl City Arts building, which is quickly filling up with a variety of art, wellness, food and retail related businesses, Breen said.

“We feel privileged to be sharing the same block with a diverse group of businesses. We are hoping more people will become familiar with all that downtown has to offer this summer,” Breen said. “We are counting on our community to show up every Saturday to shop and support local.”

The Jamestown Public Market will feature free live entertainment from local musicians each week along with outdoor seating, food demonstrations and tastings and wellness events. This summer’s featured farmers include Abers Acres, Scotts Farm & Greenhouse and J & E Produce. For Peate’s Sake Homestead is back for their second season as the market’s only all natural fresh frozen meat vendor. Works from local artists, homemade baked goods, handcrafted caramel and cheese popcorn, maple products and local honey will also be available.

For those interested in being a vendor, contact Breen at 664-2477, ext. 226, or email christina@jamestownrenaissance.org. For additional information, visit jamestownrenaissance.org or join the Jamestown Public Market Facebook page.

 

Jamestown Community Prepares To Get Hands-On

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One of the teams from last year’s Hands On Jamestown event pose in Tracy Plaza. Last year over 800 volunteers came together to make the event a success.

Hands On Jamestown, a communitywide effort facilitated by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation to clean and beautify the streets of Jamestown, will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 20.

Participants assist the City of Jamestown Parks Department with flower planting, litter collection, raking, sweeping and other clean-up activities in downtown Jamestown and surrounding neighborhoods.  Complimentary refreshments will be available at City Hall from 8-8:45 a.m. at which time volunteers can pick up garbage bags and rubber gloves if they do not have their own. Check-in is not required, however Jamestown Renaissance Corporation staff will be available at City Hall throughout the event to provide assistance, directions and coordinate efforts.

“We had great success with the online registration for Hands On Jamestown last year and we are continuing that for 2017,” said Christina Breen, events and project associate for the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. “Individuals, families, or groups interested in volunteering can visit our website to submit a digital registration and view a map of clean-up sites.”

An interactive map is updated daily to allow people to choose a clean-up area that is right for them. Most volunteers who sign up already have an idea of where they would like to work. For those who don’t, event organizers offer several suggestions of areas in need of attention each year including: Second Street between Foote Avenue and Buffalo Street, Washington Street between Fluvanna Avenue and the Washington Street Bridge, Allen Street, Crescent Street, city parks, school perimeters, main gateways into the city, I-86 entrance, and playgrounds. Volunteers are also encouraged to start clean-up and beautification projects in the neighborhoods where they live.

“While litter collection is the easiest task to perform, participants are also encouraged to pick up branches, leaves, sweep sidewalks and curbs, and help other community planting projects in the city,” Breen said.

Due to limited resources, people are encouraged to use their own tools and gloves and other equipment. In addition, participants are asked to wear green t-shirts, sweatshirts, or jackets to stand out to motorists.

For more information on Hands On Jamestown or to see the map and register for the event, visit jamestownrenaissance.org/handsonjamestown or call 664-2477, ext 226.

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FREE HISTORIC TAX CREDIT WORKSHOPS ON MARCH 2

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (February 14, 2017) – One of the biggest challenges for Jamestown’s revitalization is the financial burden of renovating historic buildings. Grants and loan programs from the city, state, and foundations are available to help fill financial gaps however developers often need more support to sensitively restore older buildings and carry projects through to completion. Beginning in 2013, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) worked closely with the City to formally nominate the downtown Jamestown commercial district for historic designation. By November 2014, the district and just over 100 downtown properties were listed on both the State and National historic registers. With the downtown district listed, JRC turned its sights to Lakeview Avenue in 2015 with over 200 properties. The NYS and Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs can be combined to cover 40% of qualified rehabilitation expenditures.

For the Downtown Jamestown Historic District, securing the historical designations means that most property owners can tap into historic preservation tax credits, one of the most lucrative and effective subsidies of recent years. The current federal and New York State tax credit programs have enabled much of the recent revitalization work in Buffalo and other parts of the state. Giving Jamestown property owners access to this subsidy significantly increases the chances of renovation downtown, improves the quality of the downtown environment, and increases the inventory of available space. Over time, this stimulates demand which brings new investments, rising rents, higher property values, a more stable financial picture for building owners, and a stronger tax base for the city.

The Lakeview Historic District is a unique opportunity to benefit our community, because unlike most states, New York State offers historic preservation tax credits to homeowners. This is the first residential neighborhood in Jamestown to be nominated. JRC worked with the State Historic Preservation Office to define the boundaries of the Lakeview district to be as broad as possible so that a large number of property owners would be eligible for the tax credits. Ultimately, over 200 properties were included in the designation. In December of last year, the nominating paperwork was approved by the State Preservation Review Board which added the district to the state register. It is now awaiting approval at the federal level.

 NYS AND FEDERAL REHABILITATION TAX CREDIT FOR INCOMEPRODUCING COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

Thursday March 2 from 2:30-4:30 PM

Wright Conference Room, 2nd Floor

Reg Lenna Center for the Arts

116 East 3rd St, Jamestown

Presented by Julian Adams, NYS Parks and

Jason Yots, Preservation Studios

 

NYS HISTORIC TAX CREDIT FOR HOMEOWNERS

Thursday March 2 from 6:30-8:00 PM

Christ First United Methodist Church

663 Lakeview Ave, Jamestown

Presented by Sloane Bullough and

Jennifer Walkowski, NYS Parks

 Realtors, contractors, business and home owners, community leaders and anyone who wants to learn about new opportunities for community reinvestment should attend. These workshops are free and open to the public however advance registration is strongly encouraged as seating is limited. Please RSVP by February 27th by calling Mary Maxwell at 716-664-2477 ext. 224 and indicate Commercial or Homeowner.

To be eligible, your home or property must be located in the Lakeview Historic District or the Downtown Jamestown Historic District. For more information, call Larry Moss at (518) 268-2187. You can also learn more by visiting: https://parks.ny.gov/shpo/tax-credit-programs/

View the flyer here:

Historic Workshop Flyer

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From development projects to neighborhood revitalization, the City of Jamestown, New York, is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance. Jamestown is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. For more information, visit www.jamestownupclose.com.

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Lakeview Avenue Joins Historic List

Homeowners along and near Lakeview Avenue can now receive tax credits for renovation work. Earlier this month, the state Board for Historic Preservation approved adding Lakeview Avenue to the state Register of Historic Places. This is the first residential neighborhood in Jamestown to be added to the list. Greg Lindquist, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation executive director, said adding Lakeview Avenue to the list follows the addition of downtown Jamestown to the list in 2014.

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CRCF to Sponsor Christmas Parade Fireworks

Businesses are expanding their hours and holiday decorations are lighting up the streets of downtown Jamestown in preparation for The Gift Exchange Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration, presented by The Resource Center. One key part of the holiday parade year after year is the fireworks display lit from the top of the Spring Street parking ramp. Thanks to a generous contribution from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the fireworks will again be a part of the 2016 event.

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JPD K9 Officer Mitchell Announced as Christmas Parade Grand Marshall, sponsored by Elite Kreation$ Auto Detailing

After sustaining injuries during the apprehension of a suspect in the city earlier this month, K9 Officer Mitchell of the Jamestown Police Department will be recognized as the City of Jamestown’s Christmas parade Grand Marshall. K9 Officer Mitchell, along with his handler Officer Eric Kraft, are being honored for helping keep the community safe. Their transportation in the parade is sponsored by Elite Kreation$ Auto Detailing.

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