|Congressman Higgins Presents Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation with $1,672,000 for Historic Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station|
|October 24, 2005|
Jamestown, NY—Today, 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. 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.