$500,000 To Stabilize Historic Jamestown Building

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The Jamestown City Council has approved a request to apply for a half a million dollar grant to stabilize the Historic Hotel Jamestown.

The famous downtown location, owned by the Jamestown Housing Authority, has discovered asbestos issues within the building.

To help cover the cost of removing the toxin, the Jamestown Housing Authority plans to use the Consolidated Funding Application monies to assist in the environmental cleanup, and remove all obstacles for future development.

“They have identified some asbestos in their building that they need to have abated,“ explained Director of Development Crystal Surdyk. “And that is quite costly. So they are looking for some grant funding to assist them with the cost of that  abatement. So they are writing the grant application and submitting it. There’s a requirement that the municipality be supportive of a project like that, which we are.”   

A grant like this typically sees a lot of applications, however Surdyk believes the historic significance of the building could affect how grant money is distributed.

For a building as large as Hotel Jamestown, $500,000 dollars may not be enough to complete the project.

If that is the case the Jamestown Housing Authority would have to find the additional funds in other locations.


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