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#261 leenorman

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 12:00 PM

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY, Chautauqua County Chamber, Commerce, Todd Tranum, President, CEO, Exec. Director, Manufacturers Association, Southern Tier, “There are many good and positive things happening across Western NY. We are enthused about investments made by NYS through Cuomo leadership, encouraging private sector participation; particularly appreciative of additional investment of $5 million funding helping NCC close the funding gap;" published, 2017.

 

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY,  County Executive Pleased With Governor's Local Initiatives, by Jimmy McCarthy, "'Focus on Upstate NY and WNY is positive.' County Executive Horrigan is particularly excited to see the governor's proposal to fund a $5 million  gap for the NCC project.  'The project is not only important to the state; but a game-changer to county and City of Jamestown;'" published, 2017.

 

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY, Editorial Page, Revitalization Won't Happen Overnight, by James Bliss, "Last week, The Post-Journal asked readers whether or not the NCC would become a catalyst for downtown revitalization. Sadly, by a margin of 68-32% readers said that it would not.  Is this not a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure?  There is no greater assurance of failure than a negative attitude suppressing chance for success. If, in striving for improvement, we are convinced of our failure, failure is sure to result.'[blah, blah, blah**] 'The specifics of Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, (a private-public partnership, led by a 14-member Board/Directors, a small staff of employees; is charged with the lofty task of revitalizing downtown area and neighboring communities; not a simple matter); includes the completion of the NCC, and improving the aesthetics of downtown, and all other revitalization of Jamestown and area:  finding businesses; aiding businesses, restructuring and redeveloping commercial, residential neighborhoods. JRC has a role in each and all of these.  Naysayers all too often are willing to voice criticisms. These naysayers also do not become involved. We all will benefit and the quicker and more pronounced our community's 'renaissance' will be;" published, 2017.

** As MY readers must know from past surveys, this person does not seek actual numbers of folks responding.  This should be taken with a grain of salt, please...JRKellogg, leenorman

 

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY, JRC, Jamestown Up Close To Soon Release Exciting Video, by Lillian Ney, co-chair JRC, "Are you ready to feel better about our city?  Be sure to check out newly-released promotional video 'Hello, Jamestown, NY' at www.jamestownupclose.com. You may also learn more about the organization(s) by joining their Facebook page;" published, 2017.

 

Each article is shortened by me to include highlights and facts as stated.  JRK :fabrary: 



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 11:22 AM

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY, City Officials Working Toward Train Depot Station by Dennis Phillips,  "A train depot is needed if a Jamestown excursion train travel is possible.  City Officials now working to turn former engine building, w of Jamestown Gateway Train Station will become a train depot.  Jamestown Area Railway Heritage Center committee now working to improve area around former engine building, having fallen into disgraceful disrepair;" published, 2017.



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 12:12 PM

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY, Tickets for Jim Gaffigan Show Go On Sale Thursday, 1/19

Performance, August 3, Northwest Arena,  "lucycomedyfest.com ;" published, 2017.

 

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY, Downtown Revitalization Committee Closer To Project Selections, by Dennis Phillips,  "The Jamestown Downtown Revitalization Initiative Local Planning Committee is one step closer to finalizing a list of projects to receive a portion of $10 million in state funding. Committee has heard presentations from stakeholders involved with each project and has met to further discuss each project.  The list was narrowed to 15, considering feedback from the first 2 public community meetings in November, December. These 15 have a total preliminary figure of more than $27 million, which needed to be cut between $9.7 million-$15 million. NCC gap funding is included in the mix.  Next public meeting scheduled for 2/16, where priority projects will be revealed before finalizing the Committee Plan; For info:  ny.gov/downtown-revitalization-initiative/western-new-york-jamestown; published, 2017.



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:33 PM

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY, "Altogether, 12 projects were selected totaling $13,820,000." The DRI Dozen, Downtown Revitalization Initiative Projects Announced, by Dennis Phillips, "Local Planning Committee started selection process with list of 100+ projects; narrowed to 87; then, to 36; now, to final 12, selected;* to be submitted to State late this month. Projects not making the list** will be included priority in Strategic Investment Plan report submitted to the stateList projects:  former Key Bank Bldg, $1M; downtown programming, activities, $600 thousand; excursion train infrastructure, depot, $670 thousand; Hilton Double Tree Hotel refurbishment, $3.450M; Greater Jamestown Riverwalk enhancements, $325 thousand; streetscape, pedestrian improvements, $610 thousand; revitalization, Reg Lenna Center, Arts, $1.5M; Jamestown Brewing Co., development, $1M; Lucille Ball Little Theater upgrades, $265 thousand; Furniture Mart Bldg redevelopment, $1.5M; RHJackson Center upgrades, $1.5M; acquire riverfront development property to facilitate development, $1.4M; For info:  ny.gov/downtown-revitalization-initiative/western-new-york-jamestown;" published, 2017.

 

 

*(spokesperson says committee encouraged to select projects totaling more than $10M, in case changes occur after finalizing list.)

 

[**NCC, glaringly absent, for instance: this, added by jk]



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Posted 26 February 2017 - 01:34 PM

February 21, 2017:

 

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY, Glimpse Into The Future, 12 City Projects Look To Make An Impact, by Dennis Phillips, "The local plan to use $10 Million to transform downtown Jamestown has been completed.  These 12:  Redevelop former Key Bank Building; Develop Hilton Doubletree Hotel; Jamestown Brewing Co.; Redevelop Furniture Mart Bldg.; Improve Streetscape & Pedestrian Environment; Enhance Riverwalk Experience and Acquire Riverwalk Development Property; Implement Excursion Train Infrastrucure Support, Rail Depot Upgrades; Revitalize Reg Lenna Center; Fund Downtown Programming; Improve Robt. H. Jackson Center; Lucille Ball Little Theater;" published, 2017.

 

February 25, 2017:

 

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY, ​Trees Cleared For Much-Anticipated Harbor Hotel Project, by Jimmy McCarthy, Celoron, "The land is clear for the coming Chautauqua Harbor Hotel. Lakefront, juncture, N. Allegheny Ave., Duquesne St., & Dunham Ave., scheduled opening: spring, 2018.  $30.8 million project, Buffalo Hart Hotels project, 130 guest rooms; banquet facility, pools and bar/cocktail lounge, among other amenities; the 3rd in NYS; Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, $14M, 2008, voted USA Today best waterfront hotel in country; 2014, Thousand Islands Harbor Hotel, along St. Lawrence River, 105 deluxe guest rooms/suites;" published, 2017.

 

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY, ​Industry Incentive, PILOT Programs Have Largely Increased Workforce, by Jimmy McCarthy, "Projects include:  DoubleTree by Hilton (old Holiday Inn) downtown; and Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, Celoron; a tourism destination PILOT from Chautauqua County IDA; all increasing area workforce," published, 2017.



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Posted 26 February 2017 - 10:11 PM

I can't picture where they Chautauqua Harbour Hotel is going. Isn't that a few steps from the Memorial Park?


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Posted 27 February 2017 - 03:59 PM

I can't picture where they Chautauqua Harbour Hotel is going. Isn't that a few steps from the Memorial Park?

 

Indeed, love; picture in your mind the lighthouse [west side DunhamAvetotheLake]; then, keep going WEST, toward what was a wooded-swampland for many years, lakefront; the OLD CELORON PARK ballpark (historical); now Ellicott Shores [where I lived 20.5 years]; to the western-most point; the old Celoron Park ghost alley in MY childhood days [helluva long time ago, donchano!!!!]; site:  old wooden rollercoaster along the lakefront; that's it, the swamp, woods [gone now]; lakefront facing north (across the Lake); you got it!!!!!  Itsagonna be great for Celoron; Lucy fans; and EVERYONE else.  Oh, yes, not to leave out the Celoron Moose Club; just west of its west-facing parking lot [rear/buildingwest].... :fabrary:   P.S.  scheduled opening, spring 2018; year of July/August open/National Comedy Center!!!!  Should be available for occupation; watch for announcement of availability; hope ALL Lucy fans take part in her precious former 'summer home' Celoron Park, now Lucille Ball Memorial Park!!!!!!!!  jk



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Posted 27 February 2017 - 04:27 PM

So, it is west of the Moose Club closer to the lake?


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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:28 PM

So, it is west of the Moose Club closer to the lake?

 

Yes, sir, right on the Lakefront; picture yourself standing, facing the Moose Club, which is actually west corner of Dunham; you will look to the Moose RIGHT; lakefront, in that huge lot between Moose and Ellicott Shores; all that land is/was CELORON PARK; now, of course, Lucille Ball Memorial Park.  Ellicott Shores apartments were built on the area of the old wooden lakefront roller coaster; and the Ball Field where Babe Ruth hit one out mid-Lake in the 20's!!!!  Ghost Alley and the Merry Go-Round and other rides were located over there, as well in the 40s, 50s......  The island is going to be developed, I've heard, also, by the Harbor Hotel complex; going to be the best thing happened ever to Celoron since the Park went away!!

 

Forgot something:  immediately behind and north side, Moose Club was entrance to the Park; and our beloved Huge Roller Skateland, where thousands of children 'grew up' in the late 40s, 50s, burned mid-60s.  [remind me when I see you this year to share the Celoron Park on Chautauqua Lake Book, by Tom Goodwill]  It's a wonderful little book; and has it all .... great reference material;  we really WERE THE historical location in this region from the turn of the 20th century, early 1900s for 50-60 years.  My dad's youth; his mother's youth; and my youth; oh, yes, and Lucille's youth.... 


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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:56 PM

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY, Council Moves on Riverbed Purchase for Walking Bridges, by Dennis Phillips, “Jamestown City Council started process to become owners of riverbed along Chadakoin River where 2 pedestrian bridges will be installed along the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk later this year.  City has received $1.6 million in 2014 to construct the 2 bridges, a $2 million project; Bridges: one from Panzarella Park to Riverwalk's north shore extension; second, below Washington Street Bridge, connecting both sections of Riverwalk running along the River, pedestrians having more options for crossing the River; to be completed by end of 2017;" published, 2017.

 

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY, ​Occupied Space, Developers, Officials Break Ground on Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, by Jimmy McCarthy, "Construction is slated next month for the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, with first shovel in the ground Monday. Construction will begin in 2 to 3 weeks; scheduled opening: spring, summer, 2018.  $30.8 million project, Buffalo Hart Hotels project, 130 guest rooms; banquet facility, pools and bar/cocktail lounge, among other amenities; Hart's 3rd waterfront hotel in NYS;" published, 2017.



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Posted 15 March 2017 - 12:12 PM

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY, Jamestown Brewing Co. Approved for Loan, by Dennis Phillips, "Jamestown Brewing Co., will be opening along 3rd/Washington Sts., this year.  Jamestown Local Development Corporation approved $180 thou. jobs, private investment JBC loan.  Projected $1 million costs; ultimately $4,835,760 to transform the 3-story brewery/restaurant [280 total seating; ground level:  104 dining seats; 18 bar seating; 2 tasting areas, one at bar; another, 18 viewing area seats]; outdoor patio deck/seating/100; employing 24; 8 full-time; 16 part-time; serving pub food, high-end menu items, and beer distributed in the form of growlers and kegs; expected to open by October;" published, 2017.



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Posted 23 March 2017 - 04:07 PM

Getting caught up on my back stories from the P-J:

 

March 5, 2017

 

The Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY, Editorial Page, DRI Alone Won’t Save Downtown, “Major projects included in Jamestown Downtown Revitalization Initiative Plan submitted to NYS has lofty visions for several currently under-utilized properties. Plan requires state approval: Key Bank Building, Furniture Mart Building, Riverwalk additional property, Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Brewing Company, Reg Lenna Center, Robert H. Jackson Center and Lucille Ball Little Theatre improvements. Only time will tell if the Plan ends with good use of State dollars. National Comedy Center itself is planned to bring more foot traffic downtown; and downtown business owners are expected to step up their game creating atmosphere drawing people with no interest in comedy, as well;” [see 7/16,23/1749; 9/15/1797; 6/1/1812; 10/1/1859; 5/18/1894; 10/1/2004; 8/9/2013; 10/14,16/13; 12/12/13; 1/13,17,22/2014; 3/2/14; 4/14,19/14; 5/15/14; 7/16/14; 8/3,6,8,9,11,26/14; 9/9/14; 10/22,28/14; 12/2,12,18,27,30/14; 1/10/2015; 3/4,6,7,19,28/15; 6/11,24,26,28/15; 7/3, 11/15; 8/12,18,19,29/15; 9/22/15; 10/3,6,9,28/15; 1/18/2016; 2/21/16; 3/2/16; 7/4,7/16; 3,16,18/2017];published, 2017.

 

March 16, 2017

 

The Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY, Chautauqua Profiles Page, [one of three near full-page articles/photos/maps]: City, County Leaders Look To The Future, ‘The process has worked extremely well to this point. The Greater Jamestown Riverwalk is up for enhancements totaling $325 thousand. Everything has unfolded as we were told. (We) hope that doesn’t change.’ by Dennis Phillips, “Possibility of an award of $20 million to invigorate government efficiency, $10 million to reinvigorate downtown Jamestown and Lake Erie, Dunkirk, NY [35 miles north of Jamestown] just few projects on horizon for Chautauqua County; [see connecting information: 7/16,23/1749; 9/15/1797; 6/1/1812; 10/1/1859; 5/18/1894; 10/1/2004; 8/9,18/2013; 10/14,16/13; 12/12/13; 1/13,17,22/2014; 3/2/14; 4/14,19/14; 5/15/14; 7/16/14; 8/3,6,8,9,11/14; 9/9/14; 10/22,28/14; 12/2,12,18,27,30/14; 1/10/2015; 3/4,6,7,19,28/15; 6/11,24,26,28/15; 7/3,11/15; 8/12,18,19,29/15; 9/22/15; 10/3,6,9,28/15; 1/18/2016; 2/21/16; 3/2/16; 7/4,7/16; 3/5,16/2017]; published, 2017.

 

The Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY, Chautauqua Profiles Page, [one of three near full-page articles]: “City Riverfront Continues to See Development, by Dennis Phillips, “The Chadakoin Riverfront has seen several developments recent years; continues to see growth, with 6 Riverfront construction phases already completed and/or continue this year;” [see above dates of importance]; published, 2017.

 

March 18, 2017

 

The Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY, Editorial Page, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down column, “Thumbs Up to 3 foundations contributing toward renovations to Reg Lenna Center for the Arts: Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation; Gebbie Foundation, Lenna Foundation have contributed, in total, $3.250 million thus far for the $4 million project;” published, 2017.



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Posted 24 March 2017 - 11:59 AM

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY, City Council Discusses Riverwalk Pedestrian Bridges, by Dennis Phillips, “Construction should be starting soon on the two prefabricated pedestrian bridges crossing the Chadakoin River along the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk.  Council is pleased with bidding process which came in under the city engineer's estimate for the work.  [RECAP from prior article:  City has received $1.6 million, 2014 for 2 bridges, $2 million project; Bridges: one from Panzarella Park to Riverwalk's north shore extension; second, below Washington St. Bridge, connecting both Riverwalk sections running along River, to be completed by end of 2017];" published, 2017.



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Posted 13 May 2017 - 11:31 AM

May 13, 2017:

 

The Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY, Question of the Day:  "Will you see a headlining act at this years Lucille Ball Comedy Fest?"  [To give your answer, go to http://www.post-journal.com]

 

Wonder if the P-J would have a heart attack if each time there's a question of the day regarding Lucille, each of us here, replies?  Wouldn't THAT be FUN????  Just sayin'....



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:31 AM

The Post-Journal, Jamestown NY, JURA Approves Funding For New Reg Lenna Marquee, by Dennis Phillips, “Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency approved an electronic marquee advertising upcoming events at the Reg as well as community happenings. In other business, JURA purchased 2 parcels of Chadakoin* Riverbed property for $15,000 for pedestrian bridge project, connecting north and south sides of River along the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk *[see: 7/16,23/1749; 9/15/1797; 6/1/1812; 10/1/1859; 5/18/1894; 10/1/2004; 8/9/2013; 10/14, 16/13; 12/12/13; 1/13, 17, 22/2014; 3/2/14; 4/14, 19/14; 7/16/14; 8/3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 26/14; 9/9/14; 10/22, 28/14; 12/2, 12, 18, 27, 30/14; 1/10/2015; 3/4, 6, 19, 28/15; 6/11, 24, 26, 28/15; 7/3, 11/15; 8/12, 18, 19, 29/15; 9/22/15; 10/3, 6, 9/15; 1/18/2016; 2/21/16; 3/2/16; 7/4/16];” published, 2017.



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Posted 24 May 2017 - 10:35 AM

The Post-Journal, Jamestown NY, Region, Getting The Go-Ahead, Incentives To Renovate Lillian V. Ney Center Approved, by Jimmy McCarthy, “County incentives are on the way to support the development of Jamestown Brewing Co., [corner Washington, Third St.]. Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency [IDA] Bd/Dir, approved sales tax, mortgage recording tax incentives supporting inside renovations, façade enhancements to building, transforming it into a 3-floor brewery, restaurant.  Additional IDA business: contribution for feasibility study identifying infrastructure needs, cost(s) making train travel possible, for possible excursion train run between Jamestown, Buffalo;” published, 2017.






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