AMESTOWN – The Jamestown City Council this week learned more about the sale of a piece of city land in downtown Jamestown that will be used to help in the expansion effort of the Northwest Arena.
The Arena wants to build an addition along the south-side of the facility on W. Second St. in order to provide a play area for children and expand the arena conference room, as well as provide office space and gift shop space for the National Comedy Center across the street.
The project is proposed to cost around $5 million.
In order for the expansion to go forward, the arena would have to purchase a 98-by-9.5 foot portion of city property that is adjacent to five parking spaces on Second Street. If the sale were to go forward, the parking spaces would be eliminated, although five new spaces would be provided to the public in the BWB parking lot area next to the arena.
Northwest Arena board of directors president David Leathers provided the city council with details on the proposal during Monday night’s work session. Also on hand was Dr. Lilian Ney from the city’s Healthcare Action Team, who offered details on the benefits the kids zone would have on not only arena patrons, but also the community.
The plan must first be approved by the city planning commission before the city council can act on the sale of the property, which would also require a public hearing before any vote.