The Neighborhood Revitalization Progress Report analyzes Jamestown’s current housing market, and assesses the impact of the Renaissance Block Challenge to this point. The report makes recommendations to further improve the Renaissance Block Challenge by focusing on four key areas.
The Unite North Main Plan was completed in Spring of 2017. The first projects are currently in progress. To view the complete plan follow this link: Unite North Main Plan
In preparation for the opening of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, the Gebbie Foundation engaged AECOM Technical Services, Inc. (AECOM) to evaluate strategic economic development opportunities downtown that would help maximize the economic impact of the National Comedy Center in downtown. CLICK HERE to read the recent study.
Why is Jamestown a renaissance city? Read JRC’s Report to the Community to see how partnerships and innovative strategies are making Jamestown a laboratory for small city revitalization.
Jamestown Up Close and Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) are excited to announce the winners and results of this year’s Shop Small, Win Big contest. In an effort to boost local commerce during the 2019 holiday season, Jamestown Up Close encouraged shoppers to shop downtown from Small Business Saturday through December 18th.
This year, 79 downtown Jamestown businesses participated. In an effort to award more prizes and keep the money local, 10 winners received gift cards to a Jamestown restaurant or retailer of their choice, with two $100 grand prize winners. The Grand Prize purchases were made by Angie Hancock at Liquid Monkey and Gen Potter at Taco Hut.
$50 gift card winners included Myra Blasius, April Colburn, Debra Crow, Scott Gould, Joyce Schwob, Jamie Sirianno, Megan Sixbey, and Jeanne Vanstrom. Qualifying purchases were made at Dot’s Gift Boutique, Farm Fresh Foods, Forte, Lafayette Corners, Lotus Healing Center, Nouveau Home Boutique, Sauce, Taco Hut, and The Brindle Barn. Winners chose to receive their gift cards from Dot’s Gift Boutique, Forte, Gialy’s, Jamestown Brewing Company, Sauce, Shawbucks, and Taco Hut
Based on ticket entries, over $117,000 was spent at local retail shops and restaurants that participated in Shop Small, Win Big, an increase of $35,000 from last year’s results.
“When people shop in local establishments, it is a win for everyone – the businesses, the consumers, the community, and the planet. We are excited that so many people chose to reinvest their dollars in our community, and hope they will continue to do so the rest of the year, not just during the holiday season. Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest!” said Kristy Kathman, Deputy Director at JRC.
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Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) is proud to continue their partnership with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF), to once again bring fireworks to the annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration. The parade will be held this Friday, December 6th, with live music at 5pm by “For the People”. The parade kickoff, tree lighting, and National Anthem start at 6:30pm, and the parade ends with a Santa-led fireworks celebration at the conclusion of the parade.
Young Explosives will once again produce the fireworks display, which is made possible through the generosity of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Zach Agett, Marketing and Events Manager at JRC said, “We appreciate everything the Community Foundation does for this area, our organization, and the parade itself. The signature ending with a countdown led by Santa Claus is the highlight of the night, and we’re glad we can continue this tradition!”
The fireworks will be launched from the Spring Street Parking Garage, and do require the weather and wind to cooperate. If all goes as planned, they will be launched at the conclusion of the parade, with a countdown from Santa between 8 and 8:30pm.
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Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is proud to continue their partnership with Shults Auto Group, who will once again provide the Official Transportation for Santa at this year’s Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration. Shults Auto Group and Santa will bring up the end of the “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” themed parade, as it travels from the Third Street Bridge to City Hall on Friday, December 6, 2019.
Matthew Kahm, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Shults Auto Group said, “The parade is a tradition that goes back many generations. It’s always great to see all the children and families enjoying everything this community has to offer, especially during the holiday season. It’s a time to give back, something the Shults Auto Group has always done and will continue to do, supporting this community any way we can.”
Shults Auto Group will be transporting Santa to Tracy Plaza for the sixth year in a row, where Santa will join the parade announcers on stage to wish everyone a merry Christmas and countdown to the fireworks display. After the parade, Santa will be visiting the Jamestown YMCA, where Santa’s Workshop will be running from 7-9pm. The YMCA has planned many fun family holiday activities including crafts, face painting, visits with Frosty, Rudolph, and the Y-Guy, Christmas sing a longs, an inflatable obstacle course, holiday games, and the visit from Santa following the parade.
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The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) is proud to announce that the annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration will once again be presented by The Resource Center (TRC) on Friday, December 6, 2019. The parade theme, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” was selected via Facebook vote. At 5pm “For the People” will begin playing live music in Tracy Plaza. The parade will kickoff at 6:30pm, moving from Third Street toward City Hall, where there will be a traditional tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Sam Teresi and the national anthem. Santa will bring up the end of the parade and count down to the fireworks at approximately 8pm.
The downtown Jamestown holiday parade has been a long standing tradition in the city for decades. Dozens of area businesses, social organizations, and nonprofits come downtown the evening of the parade to celebrate the holidays, attend one of many area holiday events, and support local business. JRC is proud to once again partner with The Resource Center and keep this wonderful tradition alive.
Steve Waterson, Community Relations Director at the Resource Center said, “The Resource Center is proud to sponsor the Jamestown holiday parade for the 15th straight year. The parade is a wonderful tradition that is eagerly awaited by many and draws thousands of people downtown to watch and be a part of this magical holiday spectacle. Sponsoring the parade is a way for us to thank the community for all of the support it provides year round to The Resource Center and the people with disabilities we serve. We’re happy to once again partner with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation to make this special event possible.”
The Resource Center is continuing their partnership with The Chautauqua Connections Children’s Coalition to help manage Toys for Tots. Additional connections have been made this year to make donating a toy at the parade easier than ever. Toys for Tots will have a common drop point near the intersection of Spring Street and 3rd Street during the parade, and will also be collecting toys from their Toys for Tots float. The float will be near the front of the parade with TRC, and will be collecting toys as they move down the parade route. Anyone that donates a toy will receive a coupon for a free medium coffee, courtesy of Tim Horton’s. Additional partners include JRC, Lakeshore Paving, Jamestown Police Department, Jamestown Fire Department, and the JHS Cross Country Team.
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The historic Arcade Building in Jamestown is one of the highlighted buildings on the 2018-2019 “Seven to Save” list that will be featured in a lecture by Frances Stern, Manager of Technical & Grant Programs for the Preservation League of New York State. The lecture, titled “Road Map to Preservation” will be presented on Thursday, November 14th at 6:00pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Jamestown.
The presentation will be led by Frances Stern, Manager of Technical & Grant Programs for the Preservation League, accompanied by Christiana Limniatis, Director of Preservation Services for Preservation Buffalo Niagara.
The program, which is being co-sponsored by St. Luke’s, the Fenton Historical Society and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, will cover all aspects of historic preservation in NYS on a general level and would be useful to anyone who is interested in preserving old structures, whether they are commercial, residential, or utilized by a cultural group.
Immediately following the lecture attendees will be invited upstairs for the unveiling of the travelling exhibition “Hidden in Plain Sight”, a series of stunning black and white photographs of the featured buildings done by Bruce Harvey Ph.D., consulting professional historian and documentation photographer based in Syracuse. The exhibit, which has been on display in the Preservation Leagues Albany Headquarters since November 2018, is now being shown at several venues over the next few months to reach more audiences across the state.
The Hidden in Plain Sight traveling exhibition is sponsored by Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Gray Slate Partners, Consigli, PBDW Architects, Phoebe Powell Bender, Matthew Bender, Reverend Dr. Thomas F. Pike, and Michel & Caroline Rob Zaleski.
“It is part of the Fenton’s mission to educate our region about how the pragmatic and ongoing preservation of historic resources impacts and supports a community.” says Noah Goodling, Executive Director of the Fenton. ”We hope that this program will energize the citizens of Jamestown and help connect them to the resources they need to get involved in preserving our beautiful historic downtown.”
The Preservation League of New York State has highlighted NY’s threatened historic sites since 1999 through the Seven to Save list, which provides enhanced services from the League to bolster visibility and build support for preservation. Through the Seven to Save program, the League has worked with local stakeholders to avert demolition, develop plans for reuse, secure landmark designation, and foster greater public awareness of the value of New York’s unique and irreplaceable historic resources. Threats to dozens of at-risk buildings, landscapes, downtowns, and neighborhoods have been reduced, and in many cases, eliminated by the Seven to Save designation and subsequent actions.
Founded in 1974, the Preservation League has built a reputation for action and effectiveness. A leader in advocacy, economic development and educational programs across the state, their goal is to preserve historic buildings, districts, and landscapes, to “build a better New York, one community at a time.”
St. Luke’s is located at 410 North Main Street. The lecture will be held in the Undercroft, which is accessible via 4th Street. There is no charge for the event, which is open to the community. For more information, call 716-483-6405.
Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) is one of this year’s Preserve New
York (PNY) grantees. Their grant of $4,208 will enable
JRC to continue working with Bero Architecture to complete a State and National
Register Nomination for the Forest Heights neighborhood. As a result of this
historic designation, owners of approximately 200 properties in Jamestown will
have access to State and Federal Historic Tax Credits. JRC hopes that this
incentive will continue to assist in the revitalization of this important
neighborhood and prevent additional buildings from falling into disrepair or
The Preservation League of NYS and their program partners at the New York
State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) are thrilled to help fund this important
The Forest Heights residential neighborhood is important to the historic
development of Jamestown and contains a distinct mix of buildings in various
architectural styles. Some properties in the neighborhood are individually
listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, including the
former home of Governor Reuben E. Fenton. Architectural styles in Forest
Heights include Greek Revival, Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, and other
vernacular types of structures. Over time, Forest Heights has experienced
disinvestment, deferred maintenance, and insensitive rental conversion. Some
properties have even been condemned or demolished.
“Since 2011, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation has assisted city residents
by providing matching grants for outside beautification projects and community
development activities. In 2012, 2014 and again in 2018, the JRC granted funds
for neighborhood improvements to sections of the Forest Heights area,” says Mary
Maxwell, JRC’s Neighborhood Projects Manager. “After securing an historic
designation for Downtown Jamestown and the Lakeview Ave. area, the JRC felt the
Forest Heights area should be developed next.”
In 2018, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation received a Preserve New York
grant to complete an intensive level survey of the Forest Heights neighborhood
in preparation for a nomination to the State and National Registers of Historic
Places. Survey work and boundary determination for a historic district was
completed in early 2019.
The 2019 PNY grant cycle was the most
competitive in the program’s 26-year history. An
independent jury met in June to review over 70 applications. After two days of deliberations,
$262,498 was awarded to 31 projects across 25 counties.
York is a regrant partnership between the New York State Council on the Arts
(NYSCA) and the Preservation League of NYS. PNY enables the Preservation League
to support projects in all of New York’s 62 counties.
1993, the Preserve New York grant program has been providing funds to
municipalities and nonprofit organizations that need technical, professional
assistance to guide a variety of preservation projects. The historic structure
reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural
resource surveys that are funded through this program can have profound impacts
on the sites they are studying.
the announcement of the 2019 awards, support provided by PNY since its launch
totals more than $2.8 million to 438 projects statewide.
PNY Grant Recipients:
Bronx County: Historic Districts Council – $14,000;
Cayuga County: Seward House Museum – $10,000; Chautauqua County: Jamestown
Renaissance Corporation – $4,208; Clinton County: Town of Schuyler Falls
– $10,000; Columbia County: Philmont Beautification, Inc. – $10,000
& Columbia County Historical Society – $10,000; Delaware County: West
Kortright Centre – $4,764; Dutchess County: Village of Rhinebeck –
$7,875 & Red Hook Public Library – $2,600; Erie County: Preservation
Buffalo Niagara – $20,000; Essex County: The Depot Theatre, Inc. –
$4,712; Greene County: Zadock Pratt Museum, Inc. – $6,400 & Greene
County Council on the Arts – $13,191; Lewis County: Lewis County
Historical Society – $10,000; Madison County: Smithfield Community
Association – $13,017; Montgomery County: Greater Mohawk Valley Land
Bank – $5,200 & Historic Amsterdam League – $14,560; Nassau County: North
Shore Land Alliance – $12,000; New York County: Ascendant Neighborhood
Development Corporation – $10,000; Rensselaer County: Village of
Castleton-on-Hudson – $3,000; Rockland County: John Green Preservation
Coalition – $8,000; Saratoga County: Town of Corinth – $10,000; Schoharie
County: Jefferson Historical Society – $6,883 & County of Schoharie –
$3,968; Suffolk County: Preservation Long Island – $7,900 & Yaphank
Historical Society – $9,200; Tioga County: Village of Owego – $8,000; Warren
County: Richards Library – $4,000; Wayne County: Baptist Rural Cemetery
Association of Sodus Center – $1,700; Westchester County: Village of
Larchmont – $10,000; Yates County: Village of Penn Yan – $7,320
proud to support the vitality and character of our communities through our
Preserve New York partnership, which provides key resources to historic sites,
buildings, and cultural centers statewide and underscores the importance of
architecture and landscape design in community revitalization and economic
development,” said NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus.
the League’s record of making effective preservation grants through Preserve
New York and TAG, our program partner, the New York State Council on the Arts
(NYSCA), has increased regrant funding significantly over the past several years,”
said Erin Tobin, Vice President for Policy and Preservation and the
Preservation League. “At the same time, in response to growing demand, the
League has successfully lined up additional support to leverage NYSCA funding
and League resources. NYSCA and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation make
these grants possible through their program partnership and financial support.”
New York grant program is made possible by the New York State Council on the
Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York
State Legislature. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided
additional support for projects in Nassau, Suffolk and Bronx Counties.
About the Preservation League of New
Since its founding in 1974, the Preservation League has built a reputation for action and effectiveness. Our goal has been to preserve our historic buildings, districts and landscapes and to build a better New York, one community at a time. The Preservation League of New York State invests in people and projects that champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth and the protection of our historic buildings and landscapes. We lead advocacy, economic development and education programs across the state. Connect with us at facebook.com/preservenys, twitter.com/preservenys, and instagram.com/preservenys.
Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) will be holding a community input session at Winter Garden Plaza on Thursday, August 22, at 7pm. Winter Garden Plaza is located at 313 N Main Street. This session will focus on the future of Potter’s Terrace/AIDS Memorial Park/Wood Park, and the re-establishment of the AIDS Memorial that was located in the park.
If unable to attend, you may submit feedback to JRC Executive Director Pete Miraglia at 716-489-3494, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jamestown Renaissance Corporation’s GROW Jamestown Front Garden Recognition Program, returns this fall as a way to acknowledge city gardeners who contribute to the curb appeal of Jamestown’s neighborhoods. It is a project designed to encourage everyone to take part in making Jamestown a more beautiful place.
The program began in 2011 with the distribution of 250 garden signs given to gardeners who were nominated by the public. In the summer of 2018, 12,000 Jamestown front yards were canvassed by a team of volunteers that recognized over 839 front gardens.
With growth comes change. The program will be run similarly to years past, but this year the yards will now be assessed in two separate seasons. Here’s how the program will work.
The city has been divided into 37 sections, with each section encompasses approximately 325 to 350 front yards each.
Each section is assigned to a volunteer team comprised of a navigator, a photographer, and a data entry person. The navigator is the driver, the photographer takes photos of the selected front yards, and data entry is assigned as the scribe to document the process and list placement locations of the signs. Volunteers DO NOT canvass their own neighborhoods. Volunteers DO NOT canvass the same area they surveyed in the previous years.
This year, the city was divided from north to south using an imaginary line, beginning at the city’s northern boundary. The imaginary line continues down Lakeview Avenue through downtown and continues to South Main Street reaching the city’s southern boundary.
The fall season canvassing begins September 9th and ends September 30th. Of the total 37 sections, 19 sections, those located to the east of the imaginary line, will be surveyed. The volunteers will determine what an “average front yard” looks like for that area. Yard signs are given to acknowledge and to encourage. Each team is provided a limited number of signs to distribute – making decisions difficult.
The spring season canvassing began June 3rd and ended June 24th. Eighteen sections, located west of the imaginary line, were surveyed. Three hundred and thirty six signs were delivered.
In 2020, properties surveyed in the spring of 2019 will be surveyed in the fall and those surveyed in the fall of 2019 will be surveyed in the spring.
At a minimum, volunteers look for front yard gardens with healthy plants that are well maintained and actively managed. Is the lawn healthy lawn, neatly mowed? Are the shrubs and trees pruned and trimmed? Edging is a plus, along with a balanced garden that is appropriate to house and lot size. House numbers need to be clearly displayed.
“As a project of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation’s Neighborhood Revitalization efforts, the goal is to encourage everyone to contribute to a more beautiful Jamestown. The increase in yearly front yard garden acknowledgements demonstrates how well the program is working.” says Mary Maxwell, the JRC’s Neighborhood Project Manager.
Would you like to volunteer for this project? It is an excellent way to see the city as you have never seen it before, meet some old friends and make some new ones, and have a chance to make some front yard gardeners very happy. Volunteer workshops will be held the last week of August. For more information, contact Mary Maxwell at email@example.com or (716) 489-3493.
The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is a public-private partnership supporting downtown and neighborhood revitalization through inspiration, action, and celebration in the greater Jamestown, New York, area.
Potter’s Terrace on East 3rd Street is being closed for safety concerns. The site was recently evaluated and found to have structural issues. The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) owns the property and will evaluate future options for the site.
Potter’s Terrace, also known as AIDS Memorial Park or Wood Park, had been dedicated as a memorial for AIDS victims. The JRC will be reaching out to the community for input on re-establishing the memorial.
Questions regarding the closure of Potter’s Terrace should be directed to Pete Miraglia, JRC Executive Director at 716-489-3494.