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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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Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration Details Announced

We have announced the theme for this year’s downtown Jamestown holiday parade. The Gift Exchange Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration, presented by The Resource Center, will feature pre-parade musical entertainment, a traditional tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Sam Teresi, and a fireworks display above the Spring Street parking ramp. Applications to participate in the parade are now being accepted and are available for download online.

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Details for 2017 Jamestown’s Renaissance Block Challenge Announced

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