Downtown Jamestown has great architecture, charming streets, and many vibrant and creative enterprises. The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation coordinates revitalization strategies to build from these assets and make downtown and the adjacent riverfront more attractive for new residents, new businesses, and new investment. Our goals include:
Bring new life to buildings and public spaces
Promote design excellence
Increase utilization of the Chadakoin River
Boost coordination and collaboration
The JRC’s efforts are guided, in part, by the Urban Design Plan, Downtown Design Guidelines, Traffic and Streetscape Enhancement Plan, AECOM Economic Development Study and the Jamestown DRI Revitalization Initiative White Paper 2016.
Since 2006, the JRC has collaborated with private property owners and the City of Jamestown on over 36 facade renovation projects including the historic row houses at Thurston Terrace on East 4th Street. In addition, 101 buildings have been added to the National Register in the newly designated downtown historic district, 13 upper-floor apartments and many retail and office spaces have been renovated. The JRC has also managed five alleyway renovations, installation of 63 pieces of student art at Potters gALLErY, and the development of Winter Garden Plaza and Renaissance Square.
Altogether, the JRC has directed over $1.5 million into downtown projects, leveraging significant levels of additional public and private investment. The Gebbie Foundation and Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency have been the primary financial sponsors of the JRC’s downtown revitalization efforts.