JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Planning Commission has approved the site plan for the addition project at Northwest Arena.
According to the Jamestown Post-Journal, the approval was given following a review of the plans with lead architect Clark Patterson Lee.
The planning commission has spent the past few months reviewing plans for the expansion effort, and according to today’s story, the newest site plan address some of the concerns about the site line at the corner of Third and Lafayette Streets that was expressed in earlier meetings.
The addition to the Ice Arena involves a 16,500 sq. ft. footprint, which includes retail and food court on the lower floor, kids play area on the second floor, and office space on the third floor. The expansion would involve the city eliminating parking spaces on W. Second St. – along the south side of the Arena – to accommodate the expansion. The Gebbie Foundation has said it will make five spaces in a nearby lot available for public parking to compensate for the loss of on-street parking.
The proposed project will not impact the vehicle traffic flow on West Second Street.
The Jamestown City Council has already given its approval on the abandonment, pending final site plan approval by the planning commission.
Arena officials say that even with the Planning Commission’s approval, the project still needs to go through the state environmental review process before it can officially get underway. If all goes according to plan, they anticipate the expansion will begin during the second half of this year.