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How do YOU Imagine Jamestown?

A new ideas competition seeks solutions for "Designing Sustainable, Livable & Remarkable Neighborhoods in Jamestown, NY.





Join us for the first ever Imagine Jamestown Ideas Competition Kick-off and Mentoring & Visioning Workshop on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 pm at WRFA Studios located at 116 East Third Street, Jamestown, NY 14701.


Do you have an idea that you'd like to share?

The City of Jamestown Strategic Planning & Partnerships Commission is seeking proposals for the inaugural Imagine Jamestown Ideas Competition. This competition will be an inclusive and fun way to engage the public, educate the community, and empower citizens to champion initiatives and join together for positive change.


The City is comprised of dozens of diverse of neighborhoods. There is a clear distinction between neighborhoods, however, and many struggle with an overabundance of distressed houses and buildings, many of which are rental properties that have been neglected for decades by absentee, unqualified, or financially strapped landlords who won’t or can’t reinvest in their properties.


Addressing abandoned properties and blight in our neighborhoods through targeted demolition has been a top priority in the revitalization efforts that the City has spearheaded. The City has made significant efforts to acquire and demolish run-down homes in blighted areas creating opportunities for new development and/or infill housing to replace the substandard housing these demolitions eliminate.


Additionally, addressing neglected properties through rehabilitation projects in targeted neighborhoods is also a major focus. Through City administered programs such as HOME and CDBG and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation’s Renaissance Block Challenge an Paint Jamestown initiatives, steps have been taken toward neighborhood revitalization, however, there remains much more to be done.


The Imagine Jamestown Ideas Competition will challenge entrants to submit proposals that incorporate one or more of the following strategies as a viable solution for rebuilding strong neighborhoods:


1) Infill housing

2) Rehabilitation/retrofitting of existing housing stock

3) Repurposing of vacant parcels

4) A combination of one or more of the above

December 11, 2019 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. EST: Kick Off and Mentoring & Visioning Workshop: Anyone interested in learning more about the Imagine Jamestown competition should attend! Here you can speak with Imagine Jamestown team members to get more information on why you should enter the competition, support the celebration, consult with our expert team of mentors, or become a sponsor.


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Department of Development

200 East Third Street 

Jamestown, NY 14701

Tel: 716-483-7659

Fax: 716-483-7772

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