The downtown revitalization project for the building that houses Carlson's Jewelry Smithing, Weeping Willow Gifts and two apartments has been completed.
Chris Carlson, owner of the building located at 31 N. Main St., said the project was finished around the beginning of September. He said the renovation project took about three weeks to complete. During the project, numerous things were completed that included removing old paint, masonry repair and a new paint scheme.
''They power washed the building, the bricks were repainted, windows were replaced, the signs were repainted and the awnings were replaced,'' he said.
Renovations to the building that houses Weeping Willow Gifts, Carlson’s Jewelry Smithing and two apartments has been completed. The project included power washing the building, replacing windows, repainting of signs and new awnings.
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Carlson said the project cost around $19,000.
''It was an extensive job,'' Carlson said about the revitalization.
The project costs were matched by the Jamestown Renaissance Corp. as part of the downtown and neighborhood revitalization block projects done throughout Jamestown. Peter Lombardi, Jamestown Renaissance Corp. executive director, said business owners downtown and residents in neighborhoods around the city came together for the projects. There were three clusters in the downtown core and four neighborhood clusters in the city.
The downtown clusters include Carlson's Jewelry, Jochum Business Systems, Holmlund's Wallpaper, Field & Wright Building, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Mariner's Pier Express, Reg Lenna Theater, Dugan's Tavern, buildings located at 212 N. Main St., 12 E. Second St., 24 E. Third St., 106-110 E. Second St., and a city parking lot. The renovations to these areas range from facade improvements and rehabilitation to the public murals, marquee improvements and more.
''We encouraged residents and business owners to come up with a list that would have high impact on their communities,'' Lombardi said. ''For downtown, the three clusters of buildings had projects in the $400,000 range. JRC provided up to half of the cost of the improvements, up to $20,000. So there was real investment by private property owners. It was a combination of small and large projects with the goal to make downtown look better to spur investment.''
The residential neighborhoods include clusters on the south side near Fairfield Avenue and Superior Street, the west side on Hallock Street, downtown on Lafayette and Jefferson streets, and the north side on Hotchkiss Street. Over the past three years, 15 different neighborhood clusters have participated in the program. A total of 72 projects were part of the neighborhood project this year. For each project, half of the funding up to $1,000 was given to homeowners who made improvements.