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Jamestown Renaissance Corporation
The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) will host three public events next month to garner input on an Urban Design Plan for the city. The planning document will provide guidance on future economic development initiatives in downtown Jamestown.
Community members are cordially invited to share in the collaborative planning effort by attending a kick-off gathering on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30pm Tarmac Café, 205 Cherry St. The entrance is on Foundry Alley in the Pearl City Arts Building. Drinks and food will be served; please RSVP to Lisa Hatch at firstname.lastname@example.org. The public is also invited to attend a walking tour on Wednesday, May 2 at 11am. The tour will depart from Tarmac Café. Later that day, at the same location, a public launch event will take place at 5:30pm that will include a presentation and a question and answer session. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the meetings.
The events will be led by Goody Clancy, an award winning planning firm out of Boston, MA. The firm has been working closely with JRC staff and community stakeholders over the last few months to establish a steering committee and hold a variety of interviews, working to align stakeholders under a shared vision and strategy for downtown Jamestown. The next step in the project is to open up the discussion to the community at large so that everyone has an opportunity to give input on how they would like to see Jamestown evolve in the coming years.
In December of 2017, JRC received a Consolidated Funding Award from Empire State Development for the project that will update the city’s 2006 Urban Design Plan. “The 2006 Plan had recommendations for new housing, expanded tourism, new office and commercial development, and waterfront revitalization, and the City of Jamestown has delivered on each account,” said Goody Clancy President David Spillane, who led the 2006 Plan effort. “So much has been achieved since the 2006 Plan that the City of Jamestown is ready for a second-generation plan that will help guide the City over the next 12-plus years.”
Sarah Gilbert, grant writer, said “we are excited for the opportunity to hear from the public and hope that many people will attend. We scheduled daytime and evening events so that people will have the chance to fit at least one of these meetings into their busy schedules.”
The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is a public-private partnership supporting downtown and neighborhood revitalization through stakeholder engagement, innovation, and reinvestment in the greater Jamestown, New York, area. We are making Jamestown better through inspiration, action and celebration.