Policy Research

2017 Neighborhood Revitalization Progress Report

Jamestown Renaissance Corporation had a report prepared by czb LLC entitled “Neighborhood Revitalization Progress Report.” This report was made possible by the generosity of both the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation.

The 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.

City of Jamestown, New York: A Livable Community

This czb LLC study focused on developing a neighborhood revitalization plan focused on 3 key components:

1. Strategically revitalize Jamestown’s neighborhoods
2. Create a vision for making Jamestown a more livable community
3. Establish an implementation plan and policy actions necessary to make Jamestown a more livable community

Proposal for the Registration and Licensing of Residential Rental Property

With assistance from an ad hoc committee of neighborhood leaders, the JRC has drafted an ordinance to replace the City of Jamestown’s existing Rental Registration law (Section 215-41.1 of the City Code). The work is based on:

  • The City of Jamestown’s adopted Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, which calls for a
    system of rental property inspections tied to a registration process;
  • Research conducted by the JRC regarding best practices for municipal monitoring of rental properties nationally and across New York State, with particular inspiration from Erie, PA, and Rochester, NY;
  • Priorities identified by the Jamestown Neighborhood Alliance, a city-wide consortium of
    neighborhood groups convened by the JRC.

Vacant Property Inventory and Early Warning Database

What would be needed to develop a useful inventory of vacant or troubled properties in Jamestown? This report outlines the components and the partnerships that could form the basis of a model inventory system.

Jamestown’s Zombie Properties: The Scale and Impact of Chronically Vacant Homes

Nearly 650 housing units—representing 4.5% of all units and almost half of all vacancies—are chronically empty due to structural problems and market forces that make them difficult to rent or sell and impractical to repair. Limiting the liabilities that these properties pose to neighbors, taxpayers, and the city’s housing market, is the greatest long-term challenge of neighborhood revitalization. This report outlines the scale of the problem and a menu of solutions.