By preserving the best from its past, addressing current challenges, and capturing emerging opportunities, downtown Jamestown can establish itself as a vibrant and attractive urban center for the region. The benefits of an attractive, vital, and physically cohesive downtown extend well beyond the boundaries of Jamestown itself, enhancing the attractiveness of the entire region as a center of business, tourism, and as a place to live.
No single action by itself can restore downtown’s vitality. Such a transformation can only grow out of multiple coordinated activities over time, and only a combination of public and private-sector investment can preserve downtown’s strength as an employment center, while enhancing its appeal to regional residents and visitors.
This change will not occur overnight, but in phases over several years. This plan provides a guiding framework that will ensure that individual initiatives advanced by public, private and nonprofit entities complement each other and reflect an overarching vision for downtown’s future. Significant near-term actions and investment will be needed to build on the recent community successes that have stemmed disinvestment and decline.
The Urban Design Plan embodies a vision of a downtown that is the region’s great urban setting – a place to live, work and play.
It rests on three fundamental initiatives: