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A renovation project for the old Sky Bar and Joyce’s Keg Room, located at 108 Fairmount Ave., Jamestown, received $ 187,500 in state funding last week. PJ photo by Dennis Phillips

The redevelopment of a building that was almost demolished has taken an important step towards its renovation.

Last week, the state announced that Jamestown Renaissance Corp. (JRC) would receive funding of $ 187,500 for the Prendergast Landing project. The Prendergast Landing project is a renovation proposal for the former Sky Bar and Joyce’s Keg Room at the corner of Fairmount Avenue and West 8th Street. The renovation project will be a mixed-use development for the three-story building, with plans to have a cafe and retail space on the first floor, coworking space on the second floor, and residential lofts on the third.

“We set it up in collaboration with the City Development Department. Everyone worked together to make sure we were on the same page ”, said Frank Besse, director of the urban core of the JRC. “We are delighted to receive the funding and have been excited about this project for some time. “

Besse said the total estimated cost of the renovation project is around $ 1 million, hoping to receive additional financial support. He said the cleaning of the building had already started with the creation of detailed architectural drawings.

The building at one point had to be demolished for parking. However, Besse said a developer stepped forward in an attempt to save the building.

“Before his arrival, there was no way to another use” said Besse. “Saving the building is an incredible thing. We are very fortunate to have the pieces together at the right time so that this building is not demoed.

The funding allocated to the project is part of the program of the State Regional Economic Development Council through the consolidated funding application process.

It’s not the only project in Jamestown to receive state funding. Last month it was announced that the city will also receive $ 1,280,661 for the Chadakoin River Basin Project.

The project will finance improvements along the Chadakoin River to increase public access to water and stimulate economic activity in downtown Jamestown. Upgrades will include an exclusive garden, mural, tiered seating, kayak launch pad, dock, and visitor center.

Also, to improve navigation for boaters, obstacles will be removed from the Chadakoin River and navigation aids will be installed.

Last month, it was also announced that the city would receive $ 99,000 for a comprehensive Jamestown plan, which will guide the principles of smart growth. The new plan will provide a roadmap for creating policies that foster the creation and enhancement of community assets and cultivate a viable economy.

In November, it was announced that the Jamestown Center City Development Corp. would receive $ 450,000 for “The area” project, which is an indoor activity venue for kids at the Northwest Arena.

The project will create a new space for children focused on technology and play, and will encourage children to explore STEAM principles through physical activity.

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