JAMESTOWN – Lawmakers got a firsthand look at the planned renovations for the West Third Street area in Jamestown after the look of the neighborhood was drastically changed in 2020 when oak trees lining the road were cut down.
Mark Roetzer and the Parks department showcased their plans for the area to the City Council at their Monday night meeting.
“All new lighting, they’re the typical candlestick lighting that we have down Third Street, the rest of Third street across the bridge,” explained Roetzer. “As well as replacing trees along that stretch of road.”
With the help of Jamestown’s Arborist and Parks Manager Dan Stone new trees of many different species will be planted alongside the road. Other improvements will include a new sidewalk, lighting, and underground electric lines to Third Street homes.
The plan of the renovation is to bring new life to the area after the locally famous Cathedral Oak Trees were torn down due to safety concerns.
“That’s one of the benefits is going to be all new sidewalks, all new trees, the candlestick lighting to kind of bring the ambiance of downtown moving down that Third Street corridor,” stated Mayor Sundquist.
The project has not been finalized by city hall yet, instead Eddie Mayor Sundquist wants to wait to hear from the public.
“We are planning on having a community meeting on March 14th, which is a Monday night, so there’s no council that evening,” explained Mayor Sundquist. “It’s at 6:30 p.m., it’s going to be at Healing Word Ministries Church right off of Third Street there.”
The meeting is open to the public and will provide a more detailed presentation with the goal of hearing opinions on the renovation.
Funding for the project was outlined under the American Rescue Plan Act.