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We’re Investing in Jamestown

The strategic focus of the Gebbie Foundation is to revitalize downtown Jamestown, New York through investments in community and economic development initiatives. To guide decision-making, the Foundation works collaboratively with public and private partners and primarily refers to the Jamestown Urban Design Plan as a guide to prioritize investments.

 

Construction of the $21 million Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena in 1991 led revitalization efforts in the west-end of the city. As a result, Best Western Hotels built a new $3 million facility and a public-private partnership erected a $7.25 million professional office building adjacent to the Arena. Concurrently the Foundation invested in building façade restorations. The program met with great success and resulted in the renovation of over 30 downtown building facades.

 

Private developers took notice. The Wellman Apartments, completed in July 2012, was a $7.4 million restoration of two vacant buildings and resulted in 44 market-rate apartments available in the downtown. Most recently, the city celebrated the ribbon-cutting for the Gateway Station, a $14 million restoration project of the historic Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station.

A Renaissance is underway in Jamestown.

Up Close and Changing

The City of Jamestown is transforming to a place with an urban vibe – offering downtown living, nightlife and world-class attractions. But unlike congested and large cities, scenic farmlands and lake vistas are only 5 minutes away. The challenge becomes: “How do we let the world know what there is to see and do here?” The answer comes in the form of a city brand, Jamestown Up Close and Wonderful. As a result of funding from New York State and the Gebbie Foundation and the work of several core area attractions, the City of Jamestown engaged North Star Destination Strategies to help discover an appropriate brand for the city.
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Recovering Assets

Those involved in the city’s revitalization efforts are like community development archaeologists who sift through earthly material to uncover treasures and restore them to enrich the lives of people today. Some of those treasures include the recently renovated Erie- Lackawanna Train Station, now called the Gateway Station, and the nearly forgotten Chadakoin River that winds through Jamestown to Chautauqua Lake.
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