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.
The Gateway Station
Jamestown recently celebrated the reopening of the historic Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station that opened on June 7, 1932 and closed on January 6, 1970 (Springirth, 2012). Plans for the building include returning the main concourse into a public transportation hub. The two sizable wings are available for lease. Business tenants should offer a service or attraction that compliments the revitalization efforts already accomplished in Jamestown.
Restoration efforts preserved the Italian marble, high-backed wood benches and a number of other original features of the station. Click here to view “before and after” pictures of the station.
The Chadakoin River
The Jamestown Urban Design Plan prepared for the city by the firm Goody Clancy in August 2006 recommends revitalizing a “buried” treasure, the Chadakoin River: Transform the underutilized Chadakoin riverfront into a regional visitor destination and community resource, complementing the other tourism destinations around Lake Chautauqua. (Goody Clancy, p. 3). Through grants from New York State and area foundations, the city is making headway in addressing the cleanup of brownfield properties near the river and increasing public access to the waterfront. Please see the website: http://chadakoinrevitalization.com/ for a complete description of cleanup efforts.
Goody Clancy. Jamestown Urban Design Plan. 2006
Springirth, Kenneth C. Remembering the Erie Lackawanna Railroad USA 2012.