Jamestown may be seeing a new green space in addition to more low-cost housing.
Citizen's Opportunity for Development and Equality Inc. is applying for a grant for property acquisition, demolition and green space development activities for in the area adjacent to the Appleyard Terrace Housing Project.
CODE is in the final stages of completing the third and final phase of the multi-million dollar Appleyard Terrace Housing project, located at Windsor and East Second streets. The project aims to provide clean, high-quality, affordable housing to low-income Jamestown residents.
Citizen’s Opportunity for Development and Equality Inc. is applying for a grant for property acquisition, demolition and green space development activities for area adjacent to the Appleyard Terrace Housing Project. It’s in the final stages of completing the third and final phase of the multi-million dollar project.
P-J photo by Hilary Scott
Adjacent to the construction site of the third phase of the Appleyard project are three blighted properties that CODE seeks to acquire, demolish and turn into green space with raised garden beds and an apple orchard for neighboring residents.
CODE plans to apply for funds to purchase three properties: one structure at 648 East Sixth St. from the Chautauqua County Real Property Tax Office, one structure at 539 East Fifth St. privately and another site adjacent to these properties. It also seeks funding to demolish the two structures and rehabilitate the properties.
On Monday, the City Council approved a resolution in support of CODE's application for a grant from the New York State Home and Community Renewal's Urban Initiatives Program. Under new Consolidated Funding Application requirements, applicants are required to get a formal resolution of support from each municipality where an Urban Initiative project will function in order to apply for funding.
"I'm really proud to hear that CODE is moving in the direction of Jamestown: A Livable Community and right sizing and also renovating some properties in the city of Jamestown, and I think we have to keep focused on this direction," said Paul Whitford, D-Ward 6.
During a recent City Council work session, Whitford said the project is important because the city can't afford to continue to see new properties being built, but not also seeing right sizing, and he thinks that this project is in line with that. The city recently demolished three blighted properties close to the project site.
He also said that the Appleyard Terrace Phase 3 apartments are not being created for the purpose of importing non-Jamestown residents, but are intended to house local residents.
The Urban Initiatives grant application is due by July 16.