JAMESTOWN – Representatives from the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation were in city hall Wednesday morning to go over its various neighborhood revitalization and improvement projects with the city’s Strategic Planning and Partnership Commission.
Among the programs being highlighted was the recently launched Renaissance Block Challenge 2.0 – which is focused on targeted neighborhoods in the city, including Lakeview Avenue, Allen Park and UPMC Chautauqua hospital, along with two areas on the west side and also the south side of the city.
Property owners in the designated areas are eligible for a matching grant up to $2,000 to help with covering the cost of exterior projects. Since the block challenge was first launched eight years ago, an estimated 500 properties have been improved and more than $500,000 has been invested in home improvement projects.
Other projects highlighted by the JRC on Wednesday morning included the Unite North Main Gateway Project, the Paint Jamestown program, the Historic District program, the Garden Recognition program and the housing stakeholders meetings – which take place to discuss current policy and laws involving residential property owners in the city.
The Strategic Planning and Partnership Commission was created by the city council as an official commission of the city to consider, develop and make recommendations for strategic initiatives in Jamestown.