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« on: Jan 29th, 2003, 11:06am »
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Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 08:15:36 -0500
From: Bernie Wagenblast
Subject: (rshsdepot) Jamestown, NY
 
Funding Available To Renovate Train Station
 
By JOHN WHITTAKER The Post Journal
 
 
A renovated Erie Lackawanna Railroad Station could be a reality sooner,
rather than later.
 
The building's current condition, newly-opening grant application processes
and interest by several organizations could lead to renovation work being
finished in two or three years, according to Clinton Brown, president of
Clinton Brown Architecture.
Brown told those in attendance at Tuesday's annual Downtown Jamestown
Development Corporation breakfast that much of the groundwork has already
been laid to renovate the station. With money for such projects a scarce
commodity from the city and state governments, Brown said there is still
more than enough money available to begin work.
 
Grant applications are currently being accepted by the National Trust for
Historic Preservation and the Preservation League of New York State, while
Community Development Block Grant money is typically used for similar
projects. Environmental Protection funds from the state could pay for land
acquisition, T-3 money is currently under reauthorization in the U.S.
Congress, private investment, historic preservation tax credits and
potential investment by foundations.
 
''The money's out there,'' he said. ''For a project like this, on the
National Historic Registry, there is all the money you need. What's next is
a commitment to keep going, that we're the trailblazers, that we're going to
do something great for Jamestown. We have something that's doable here that
we can make happen.''
 
Several proposals have been discussed for the railroad station's future. A
December decision to add the building to the New York State Preservation
League's Seven to Save list indicates it won't be torn down anytime soon,
and Brown said there aren't any viable alternatives for the station other
than renovation and reuse.
 
''The alternatives are for the building to fall into the river,'' he said.
''We can't have that happen. The building could be torn down for parking but
it would be the most expensive parking in downtown Jamestown. That building
is holding back the slope. The entire parking facility would be very
expensive to build. The least expensive alternative is to reinvest because
it will produce the most valuable return to the community.''
 
In addition to being a gateway to the rest of the city, several area
organizations are interested in using the space once renovations are
complete. The Fenton History Center backed the Seven to Save designation and
plans to use some space for exhibits, the Chautauqua Area Regional
Transportation will use the station as a staging area and the Chautauqua
Showcase has expressed interest in the building.
 
Brown said renovating the train station will also reconnect downtown
Jamestown with the Chadakoin River. The project is a companion with the
city's Chadakoin Riverwalk project that was scheduled to begin in 2002. The
first phase is now slated to begin in 2003.
 
''You don't think you have a waterfront,'' Brown said. ''You have a
waterfront. The Jamestown Gateway Station can be seen as a great threshold
between city and park. When this station is transformed, anybody coming from
north on Route 60 or from the south will see trailblazer signs to this place
that is the front door.''
 
Jennifer Harkness, DJDC executive director, concluded a brief business
meeting by announcing some of the goals she has for the coming year. While
she is working at Jamestown Savings Bank, Mrs. Harkness is also continuing
work on several DJDC projects, including the railroad station and the Urban
Design plan by Norman Mintz. Lee Harkness will continue to be the contact
person for anyone needing help from the DJDC while also organizing several
DJDC committees.
 
Mrs. Harkness said the next year will see a continued emphasis by the DJDC
on tasks that have already begun, such as the Mintz design plan,
installation of period lighting in the downtown and a possible elimination
of encroachment fees in favor of design standards for downtown businesses.
All are a way of helping businesses that have already chosen to locate
downtown.
 
''We want to work not only on bringing in new businesses but retaining
business that we have,'' she said. ''We had a net gain of about 10
businesses last year and we're going to make sure we have a net gain next
year of three businesses.''
 
 
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Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2005 15:15:51 -0400
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From WNY Media Network - Buffalo,NY
 
Higgins Funds Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station    
Monday, 24 October 2005  
Jamestown, NY-  Congressman Brian Higgins announced $1,672,000 in federal transportation funding for the rehabilitation of the Jamestown Intermodal Facility.  This funding will transform the abandoned, historic former Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station into the Jamestown Gateway Station, a multimodal civic and visitor's center.  The Station was recently listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.  The funding will also restore access to trains at the Station, and will include pedestrian, bicycle and bus connections.  Higgins was joined by Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi and other local elected officials. Jamestown, NY-  Congressman Brian Higgins announced $1,672,000 in federal transportation funding for the rehabilitation of the Jamestown Intermodal Facility.  This funding will transform the abandoned, historic former Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station into the Jamestown Gateway Station, a multimodal civic and visitor's center.  The Station was recently listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.  The funding will also restore access to trains at the Station, and will include pedestrian, bicycle and bus connections.  Higgins was joined by Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi and other local elected officials.
   
"The impact that this funding will make to economic development, tourism, waterfront access, and transportation options will be immeasurable," said Higgins.  "The revitalization of the Jamestown Central Business District is critical to the health and prosperity of the City.  I look forward to seeing the dramatic results of a rehabilitated Station, with improved access that will affect thousands in Western New York."
 
"I want to again thank Congressman Higgins for taking the lead on this key initiative for the Greater Jamestown Community," said Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi.  "As most realize, the former Erie Railroad Station occupies a special place in the history of our City and it's preservation and redevelopment for a variety of transportation, commercial and community uses is a key component in the continuing revitalization of Downtown Jamestown."
 
The Station is essential to Jamestown's ongoing efforts to revitalize its central business district.  It will act as both a tourist destination and as a centralized visitor welcome and information center within walking distance of Downtown business and shopping.  Currently the abandoned rail yards obstruct City's connection to the waterfront.  The project will provide pedestrian and bicycle access to the City's planned Downtown Connector Trail to connect the tourism-center west-end district to the undeveloped waterfront area of the downtown core.  The Station will reestablish passenger rail service for excursions to Buffalo, Canada and Cleveland.  It will also become the transfer station for the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System (CARTS), which currently lacks a permanent hub for operation in Jamestown.
 
"This is yet another example of Congressman Higgins' commitment to Jamestown and Chautauqua County," said County Executive Mark Thomas.  "Like the Connector Trail project, this is another significant contribution to the ongoing transformation of downtown Jamestown.  This train station evokes wonderful memories for so many city residents and the fact that it will be part of Jamestown's future as well, makes today even more special."
 
"Today's announcement and the hard work that preceded it, serve as another big step toward realizing our vision for the Downtown area and demonstrates the good that can happen when the public sector, at various levels, works closely with the private and civic sectors of a community," added Mayor Teresi.
   
 
This funding is tied into the Jamestown Downtown Connector Trail project, for which Higgins secured $1,600,000 and Senators Clinton and Schumer an additional $1,000,000 in the recently passed federal transportation bill.    
 
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 6th, 2006, 5:38pm »
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Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2006 21:25:58 +0000 (GMT)
From: Jim Dent
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From the Jamestown Post-Journal...
 
Railroad Renovation To Begin In 2007
 
By JOHN WHITTAKER
 
10/6/2006 - The words spoken by Lee Harkness, Downtown Jamestown Development Corp. executive director, and Mayor Sam Teresi are music to U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins' ears.  
 
Harkness told Higgins work on the former Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station will begin early in 2007, a sign of progress on the long-awaited renovation project.  
 
In fewer words, Teresi, too, had the words Higgins wanted to hear.
 
^Ñ^ÑWe're moving.''
 
Higgins, D-South Buffalo, was in Jamestown on Thursday to get a progress report on two projects receiving federal grant money -- renovation of the former Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station and the city's downtown riverwalk.  
 
Dozens of city officials were on hand Thursday for an impromptu news conference in the train station before Teresi led Higgins on a tour of a recently completed section of the riverwalk.  
 
Higgins has helped acquire about $4.2 million in grants for the projects, according to Teresi. The payoff for that investment is coming, Teresi said.
 
^Ñ^ÑI'm pleased to be part of this,'' Higgins said. ^Ñ^ÑThe best way to get more money in the future is use the money you have properly and by getting these projects under way. I admire the work that is going on here and the public-private partnership you have.''
 
Work on the train station renovation could begin as early as next spring, according to Harkness, now that enough money has been set aside. While the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency owns the building, the DJDC is JURA's designated developer for the project. Higgins recently secured $1.6 million for the train station project, in addition to a $325,000 grant through the Environmental Protection Fund and a $2.6 million federal grant from a federal transportation bill for the ^Ñ^Ñriver connector'' project.  
 
Once finished, the train station is expected to provide a home for CARTS, be a place to buy bus tickets, a welcome center and an event space. While the station's future lies in its ability to adapt to a changing city, renovation work has to live up to historic standards because the station is on the Preservation League of New York State's Seven to Save list in 2000.
 
In addition to the work by Higgins and his predecessor, former U.S. Rep. Jack Quinn, the DJDC has held its Thunder in the Streets motorcycle rally the last two years as a way to raise money for the project.
 
^Ñ^ÑIt is my personal goal, and the goal of the Downtown Jamestown Development Corp., to finish this project,'' Harkness said.  
 
The city has received several grants for the Riverwalk, including a $148,000 Environmental Protection Fund grant for Phase 1, a $150,000 Environmental Protection Fund grant for Phase 3 and a $210,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant for construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Chadakoin River. Eventually, the section of the Riverwalk that runs behind the train station will link the Riverwalk to both the train station and the rest of the city's West End.  
 
While progress has been slow, Teresi and other officials said repeatedly on Thursday that the projects are moving ahead.  
 
^Ñ^ÑI want you to know that your efforts on our part to secure resources for this and other projects are well placed,'' Teresi said.  
 
Send comments to jwhittaker at post-journal dot com
 
Jim Dent
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 6th, 2006, 5:57pm »
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I attended the 2004 ELHS annual meeting in Jamestown and spent some time at the station. I took a bunch of photos which are at http://www.railfan.net/sysop/Jamestown_Sep2004/
 
They aren't all of the station, but 22 of them are.
 
It's in pretty bad shape, but it has tons of potential.
 
Henry
 

 
( http://www.railfan.net/sysop/Jamestown_Sep2004/.photo.cgi?ErieJamestownStation-16.jpg puts that photo in context )


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Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2008 15:36:15 -0500 (EST)
From: "J. Henry Priebe Jr."
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Photos are at:
 
http://lists.railfan.net/listthumb.cgi?erielack-01-07-08
 
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Buffalo News article from Saturday:
 
http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/otherwny/story/244152.html
 
Many of us saw how badly this station needs money for restoration when we
visited it during the ELHS annual meeting back in September of of 2004. I have
attached some photos from Saturday, September 18, 2004, when the ELHS meeting
attendees were able to tour the station. I don't know how much progress has
been made since 2004, but I think funding problems have keep the project
in limbo for the past three years.
 
Henry
 
JAMESTOWN
Schumer wants funds freed up for train station
 
Updated: 01/05/08 8:14 AM  
 
JAMESTOWN . Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal officials to free up $2.6
million in transportation funding for Jamestown.s train station project.  
 
Lee Harkness, executive director of Jamestown Development Corporation, said
any help Schumer can give to move the Jamestown Gateway Station and Visitors
Center project is appreciated. The funding also would complete the Jamestown
Riverwalk Connector Trail. The city hopes to jump-start the long awaited
revitalization of the vacant Erie- Lackawanna Railroad Station and tie it to
the Riverwalk Connector Trail.  
 
 
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Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 09:41:46 EST
From: Bernie Wagenblast
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From the Post-Journal.
 
Bernie Wagenblast
 
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Railroad Station Project Progressing: Council To Vote On Firm For
Preliminary Work
By Patrick Fanelli pfanelli at post-journal dot com
 
2/25/2008 - After months and months of delays, the West Second Street
railroad station renovation project has finally progressed to the point where a
firm can be hired to begin preliminary work on the multi-million-dollar
initiative aimed at continuing the revitalization of the city's west end.
 
Physical work may still be months away, but City Council members will vote
tonight on a contract with TVGA Consultants of Elma to conduct engineering and
environmental assessment work on the project as well as the acceptance of a
$160,000 grant from the Empire State Development Corp. to cover the city's
share of preliminary expenses.
 
The project involves the transformation of the abandoned Erie-Lackawanna
Railroad Station into a transportation hub and welcome center, and it will
benefit from $4.2 million in federal money secured largely through the efforts of
U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-South Buffalo.
 
The project has progressed rapidly over the last few months, in contrast to
spring and summer 2007, when it was still unclear how the project team could
negotiate the intricate process of physically securing the millions in
federal money that had already been approved.
 
''It definitely is a milestone because it helps with the release of the
funding for the project,'' said Steve Centi, city development director. ''As
of last August, we were literally nowhere in this process.''
 
The project is being shepherded by the Downtown Jamestown Development Corp.
and the city Department of Development.
 
In November, the city earned the certification it needed to become a
clearinghouse for millions of dollars that will ultimately come from the U.S.
Federal Transit Administration. But it wasn't until the ESDC grant was secured in
recent days that the project team could proceed with preliminary work.
 
The state ngrant amounts to $160,000, covering the mandatory 20 percent
local share of the almost $700,000 that will be spent on engineering and
environmental assessment work at the site.
 
''We had to wait until Empire State had covered the 20 percent match,''
Centi said. ''It allows these phases that are absolutely required now ... to
be taken care of and paid for with the grant.''
 
City Council members will vote on the designation of TVGA Consulting as the
lead engineering team as well as formal approval of the project at a voting
session at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers on the second floor of
City Hall.
 
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http://www.post-journal.com/news/articles.asp?articleID=25617
 
City, DJDC Rift Grows: Tensions Arise As Both Work On Train Station
 
By Patrick Fanelli pfanelli@post-journal.com
 
 
3/9/2008 - Tensions between the city Department of Development and the non-profit Downtown Jamestown Development Corp. came to surface last week as both agencies work to renovate the abandoned Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station.
 
The conflict began with a meeting that took place Feb. 28 in New York City between the Federal Transit Administration and all those involved with the train station project. Some attended the meeting in person, like Greg Lindquist, Greater Jamestown Empire Zone coordinator, and Mark Schlemmer of the city Department of Public Works.
 
Others participated via telephone, including members of the DJDC board of directors. At the time, city officials were unaware that DJDC board members were participating in the meeting since there had been no announcement made when they joined in on the conference call.
 
Upon learning that they had participated in the meeting, Steve Centi, city development director, sent out a scathing e-mail criticizing the DJDC officials for not letting the city representatives know they were on the phone and accusing them of using ‘‘stealth’’ tactics to listen in on the meeting.
 
Centi’s e-mail was not well-received by the DJDC board members, who had to identify themselves when they first connected with the conference call and assumed it was known that they were on the line. Centi’s e-mail also reportedly provoked a rebuke from his boss, Mayor Sam Teresi, and the assignment of Schlemmer as the pointman for the train station project within the Teresi administration from this point forward.
 
Michael Sullivan, DJDC board president and one of those who participated in the meeting via telephone, described the conflict as the unfortunate result of a miscommunication between the city and the DJDC, and he expressed his hope that the incident will not irrevocably damage the relationship between the two agencies.
 
‘‘I would be very disappointed if something like that happened, because the fact of the matter is ... that no relationship with one person should be the determinant factor of how the city and their partners react,’’ Sullivan said. ‘‘In any endeavor like this, there are going to be 100 personalities involved ... and I think it’s the job of the leaders of the organizations to facilitate the proper communication and relationship with the way the process is being organized.’’
 
 
 
A Growing Rift
 
Sullivan expressed some satisfaction with the conversations he has had so far with Teresi after tensions mounted last week between the DJDC and the city.
 
‘‘(Teresi) has taken steps from his viewpoint and standpoint to correct the situation,’’ Sullivan said, ‘‘... and I think he took some very pointed actions.’’
 
Nevertheless, the conflict that resulted from Centi’s e-mail is not the first time tension has arisen between the Department of Development and the DJDC — though Sullivan hopes the most recent reincarnation of that rift will prompt all the partners to iron out any problems that may have arisen over the last few months.
 
‘‘At least in my experience, sometimes you need a kind of tipping point for people to stop and understand where everyone needs to be,’’ Sullivan said. ‘‘Hopefully, we’ll be able to work out on the bumps in the process, because this is such an important project for everyone.’’
 
The rift between the DJDC and the Department of Development was apparent a few weeks ago when City Council members approved a $700,000 contract with TVGA Consulting for engineering and design work associated with the initial phase of the train station project. Centi described it as a milestone, and expressed excitement that the project had finally progressed to the point where money could actually be allocated for the necessary preliminary work.
 
‘‘As of last August, we were literally nowhere in this process,’’ Centi said at the time.
 
His comments were reportedly not well-received by DJDC officials, who have shepherded the project for years and were instrumental in maintaining the building and securing millions of dollars from the federal government for both the train station project and the Riverwalk Connector, which will one day connect the station to the riverfront.
 
Centi was referring to a meeting that took place last August at the DJDC offices on Third Street. At that meeting, he said, the city was determined to be the best agency to become certified and receive the millions of dollars from the federal government that has been secured for the project.
 
The money has to flow through an agency that has received the necessary certification, and regional transit authorities both in Buffalo and Rochester refused after being approached by the DJDC. That was the biggest headache for DJDC officials last spring — at the time, Lee Harkness, DJDC executive director, described the process as ‘‘brutal.’’
 
‘‘The problem is there’s not really a clear plan how to do that,’’ Harkness said in April. ‘‘There’s a lot of responsibility when you have that amount of money.’’
 
 
 
Discrepancies
 
In August, the city began taking the necessary steps to become certified so it could receive the money, and that was accomplished in November with the help of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., a subsidiary of the Empire State Development Corp. dedicated to developing the Buffalo waterfront.
 
The certification enabled the city to partner with TVGA Consulting, which has a good relationship with the city Department of Public Works, a local office and experience with these types of projects, according to Centi. The certification also paved the way for a $160,000 grant from the ESDC to cover the local cost of the engineering and design work.
 
All of this has contributed to the perception that the city Department of Development is stealing the project away from the DJDC, but that is not correct, according to Centi.
 
‘‘We’re passengers here in a vehicle being driven by someone else. ... We’re passengers, and so is the DJDC,’’ Centi said. ‘‘We’re partners with them. They can’t do it without us, we can’t do it without the feds, and we can’t do it without the DJDC.’’
 
One of the discrepancies between the city and the DJDC is the fact that the DJDC’s status as the preferred developer for the project expired last year and was never renewed. City officials said it is not necessary to designate the DJDC as the preferred developer since there are no agencies competing for that status. Meanwhile, DJDC officials questioned what it would hurt to renew it.
 
According to Sullivan, the reason behind the hold-up has been better explained in recent days, though he believes the role of the DJDC could be more firmly established in the future — especially on paper.
 
‘‘Maybe we need to work on a way to make sure that the DJDC’s status is clearer,’’ Sullivan said.
 
According to Centi, the DJDC’s role is the most important one. While plans already call for the central portion of the train station building — the former reception area — to serve as a transportation hub, the fate of both wings of the building is up to the DJDC.
 
‘‘Their role has changed and our role has changed. But they shouldn’t consider that their role has been diminished. In fact, it is even more important,’’ Centi said. ‘‘(The DJDC needs to) focus on moving forward with the key element of the project, and that’s finding someone to fill it and pay for it. ... They need to find a developer, because they want to own the building, and the city would like them to own the building. The city doesn’t want to own the building.’’
 
 
 
Riverwalk Connector
 
Another discrepancy between the city and the DJDC that has arisen over the last few months is the Riverwalk Connector. With the state Department of Transportation in the process of planning to build a new Washington Street bridge, some worry the city will settle on the new span as the main connection between Second Street and the riverfront, though that will leave the train station fairly out of the way of the Riverwalk.
 
The Urban Design Plan calls for a bridge out the back of the train station and over the train tracks as well as a staircase immediately off the Washington Street bridge. According to Teresi, both of these options are still being explored — and though the new Washington Street bridge and the onramps on the other side will create a method of crossing the embankment, the railroad tracks and the river, the city will not be limiting itself to only one option in the long run.
 
Ultimately, Teresi believes it is essential that the DJDC and the city work out their differences. When it comes to the train station project, there are three phases, he says — renovating and repairing the envelope of the building; converting the central portion of the building into the transportation center; and finding a way to put both the east wing and west wing to use.
 
Both the city and the DJDC serve an essential purpose, according to Teresi. While the city has taken the lead in becoming certified and administering the federal funds out of necessity, it will still be the DJDC’s job to find a developer and tenants. In both cases, Teresi says, it is essential for both agencies to be kept up to date, and he acknowledged that this is something that needs improvement.
 
‘‘As with anything that is a big, complicated project, sometimes we need to keep reminding ourselves of that,’’ Teresi said. ‘‘Anytime you’re dealing folks who are passionate about things and feel responsible for those things, you’ve got to get on the same page every now and then.’’
 
On Friday, Centi acknowledged the trouble his e-mail caused among project partners, and he expressed his hope that the incident be put behind them.
 
‘‘It’s just something that happens. It’s just a minor blip along the long road,’’ Centi said. ‘‘As far as I’m concerned, it’s gone. It’s just a matter of letting that stuff go and not letting it get under your skin, because that’s not good for anybody.’’


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Date: Fri, 2 May 2008 16:55:32 EDT
From: Bernie Wagenblast
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From The Buffalo News.
 
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Train station project back on track
By Tom Buckham NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Updated: 05/02/08 6:40 AM
 
A bureaucratic logjam threatening Jamestown's long-planned Gateway Train
Station and Riverwalk Connector has been broken, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.
Y., announced Thursday.
"This is a tremendous win for the continued revitalization of downtown
Jamestown," said Schumer, praising the federal government's "prompt and
appropriate response" to suggestions he claims will save the city more than $400,000.
The rebirth of the abandoned Erie Lackawanna railroad station as an
intermodal transportation and visitor center linked to the Riverwalk Connector Trail
was to have been achieved largely with federal funds Schumer secured in 2005.
But the project was held up by a dispute between the Federal Transit
Administration and Federal Highway Administration over which agency should oversee
the development. After visiting the site in March, the senator leaned hard on
both agencies to settle the matter.
Under the deal Schumer brokered, the revival of the vacant historic art deco
station and construction of the connector will be treated as a single
project, at a savings of $325,000 to the city, and the Transit Administration will
oversee the work. In addition, the Highway Administration will reimburse the
city $100,000 for a related environmental study.
If the projects had not been combined, the city would have been forced to pay
a local share to both agencies.
Schumer predicted the development will "power economic growth and give
tourists and local residents alike a new attraction in the heart of downtown."
The landmark rail station, vacant since 1973, will be joined with the
connector trail now under way along the Chadakoin River via a new pedestrian bridge
over the downtown rail corridor.
tbuckham at buffnews dot com
http://www dot buffalonews dot com/cityregion/otherwny/story/mailto:tbuckham at buffnews dot com
 
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That's astonishing - Charles Schumer proves useful for something besides fertilizer in somebody's garden.

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« Reply #9 on: Aug 23rd, 2010, 11:57am »
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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 08:43:28 -0400
From: Mike Dickinson  
Subject: Jamestown Station Work start (erielack)
 
 
Well It seem to have finally started. They are working on the roof and windows. This is the address to the article.
 
http://www.post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/565127.html?nav=5018
 
I will try to get down for some more pictures and post them later.
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More on Jamestown Station (erielack)
 
« Reply #10 on: Aug 23rd, 2010, 12:01pm »
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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 09:41:10 -0400
From: Mike Dickinson  
Subject: More on Jamestown Station (erielack)
 
 
This is a column from the director of the DJDC
 
http://www.post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/565138.html
 
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« Reply #11 on: Aug 23rd, 2010, 4:10pm »
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A few shots of the station, while working on the property (LEGALLY, for all the Barney Fife's out there)

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« Reply #12 on: Aug 23rd, 2010, 4:14pm »
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The sitting room. Although there is a considerable amount of cosmetic damage, the building appears to be in fairly good shape.

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Jamestown Station Update
 
« Reply #13 on: Jan 28th, 2011, 11:50am »
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Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 23:45:49 -0500
From: Mike Dickinson  
Subject: Jamestown Station Update
 
 
I just found this you tube video from September 2010.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioDoHOMDVoY&feature=fvwrel
I will try to get down to the Station soon and take some pictures to show of the work since September
Enjoy
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Erie Lackawanna Train Station On Track For July Completion
 
« Reply #14 on: Mar 14th, 2011, 12:07pm »
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Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 04:27:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: Todd Hollritt  
Subject: Erie Lackawanna Train Station On Track For July Completion
 
 
http://post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/581175/Halfway-Home.html?nav=5192
 
Jamestown depot nearing completion.
 
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Jamestown, NY (rshsdepot)
 
« Reply #15 on: Dec 13th, 2011, 2:35pm »
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Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 08:10:09 -0500 (EST)
From: Bernie Wagenblast  
Subject: Jamestown, NY (rshsdepot)
 
City Tapped for Depot 'Stop-Gap' Funding
 
Link to article in The Post-Journal:
 
http://www.post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/595733/City-Tapped-For-Depot--Stop-Gap--Funding.html?nav=5057
 
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Jamestown depot interior restoration items
 
« Reply #16 on: Dec 19th, 2011, 12:41am »
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Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2011 19:35:30 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Hollritt  
Subject: Jamestown depot interior restoration items
 
 
Blasts From The Past
DJDC Acquires Vintage Items For Train Depot
By Jason Rodriguez (jrodriguez AT post-journal DOT com) , The Post-Journal
 
The hobbies of several local residents are meeting at the junction of the Erie-Lackawanna Train Depot.
Andy Scalise, on a mission to track down some images of the old train ticket counter, discovered a personal challenge in the margins of a photograph located at the Fenton History Center.
As a board member of the Downtown Jamestown Renaissance Corp. and a liaison to the contractors and city engineers, his initial objective was to illustrate how the lobby's travertine tile joined with the marble wainscoting below the counter. However his personal affinity for antiques drew his eyes to the photo edge, where a 10-cent Pepsi-Cola vending machine stood near the ticket area.
"Being an antiquer, I told Lee Harkness (DJDC executive director) it would be nice to get ahold of that thing or to get one like it," said Scalise.
He said he contacted the Pepsi bottling facility on Washington Street if anyone could confirm whether the corporation had old machines stored away. That search did not turn up any results.
But Scalise - a fan of American Pickers and a multitude of similar shows - then went the route of many contemporary antique hounds by checking the upcoming sales on Ebay. After checking in with Harkness, he was able to find a matching replacement from the Games People Play store in Mount Clemens, Mich.
In July, the DJDC made the transaction official and the vintage machine was on its way to Jamestown.
It was in such good condition that they simply painted it and put the decals back on," said Scalise. "We bought it and it's here. It will be put back into its original location when we have our grand opening."
TRAIN BUFFS
As the depot awaits the final installation of historic-detailed and asbestos-free doors, other decorative items are being compiled. During the initial renovation of the roof, Scalise retrieved a pair of old slate tiles from the disposal site. Those have been framed with their contemporary counterpart by the DJDC and will be on display in the renovated lobby as well.
Harkness said the depot retains a set of vintage baggage scales. He added the late Dr. Robert Swanson donated an 8-by-10 foot regional map of the U.S. depicting its rail lines, that was removed from the station when it closed.
"He wanted to make sure that we at the DJDC received it," he said.
The DJDC expense for the project will benefit from a private donor who made a commitment long before the work was begun. Dave Start, current owner of Go Tire Service on Washington Street, said he pitched an idea to restore the clockworks in the idle building more than 10 years ago - that would have at least returned the large clock face to working order for those passing by on Second Street.
"I made it an agreement that as long as I was still alive I would still supply light bulbs for that," he said, adding that the recent flurry of activity allowed him to revisit his pledge.
His payment for the restoration of porcelain sockets and bulbs in the soon-to-be-functioning clock will recuperate DJDC expenses. Start said his interest in the clockworks stems from his interest in the building's historic purpose.
"My interest lies in trains - I have been all over the United States, even to Alaska, to ride the railroads. I'm a big train buff," he said
 
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Jamestown Station Dedication
 
« Reply #17 on: Jul 3rd, 2012, 5:43pm »
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From Michael Conner today:
 
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Lee Harkness, Executive Director of of the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation, informs me that the
Dedication Ceremony for the Rehabilitated Erie Jamestown Station will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September
13th, 2012.  He further extends a special invite to EL veterans and ELHS members.  Hope we can be represented at
this event.

 
I shot quite a few photos of it back in 2004 during the ELHS annual meeting. They show how much work was needed.
http://www.railfan.net/sysop/Jamestown_Sep2004/
 

 
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Comedic Timing (Jamestown, NY EL Station) (rshsdepot)
 
« Reply #18 on: Aug 8th, 2012, 12:57pm »
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Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2012 07:31:29 -0400
From: Josh Stull  
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Subject: Comedic Timing (Jamestown, NY EL Station) (rshsdepot)
 
 
Article about EL's Jamestown, NY station:
 
Comedic Timing
 
http://post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/608258/Comedic-Timing.html?nav=5192
 
Josh Stull
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Jamestown, NY
 
« Reply #19 on: Aug 26th, 2012, 12:51pm »
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"Get a sneak peak at the renovated, historic railroad station in Jamestown during Business After Hours with the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Sept. 6."
 
See link for more.
 
Henry
 
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:31:08 -0400
From: Josh Stull  
Subject: Business After Hours at the railroad station (Jamestown, NY) (rshsdepot)
 
 
Business After Hours at the railroad station (Jamestown, NY)
 
http://www.observertoday.com/page/content.detail/id/575337/Business-After-Hours-at-the-railroad-station.html?nav=5007
 
 
Josh Stull
Nicholson, PA
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