JCC eyes relocation in city

Brooks, empty parcels being considered

The Jamestown Community College North County Campus, located at 10807 Bennett Road, might be looking to move to a new home.

The Jamestown Community College North County Campus might be moving to a new home. At Tuesday’s Economic Development meeting, Development Director Rebecca Yanus shared a series of grants that the city is applying for this year — one of them a feasibility study for the campus in the amount of around $60,000-70,000.

“The north campus is interested in looking at the feasibility of locating to downtown Dunkirk,” Yanus shared. “This would be a great opportunity for Central Avenue, which is their focus for a future move. They want to better understand a couple of locations to be looked at and the costs associated with that.”

According to Yanus, the college is looking at their programming, hoping to add to it as well as expand it, based on the needs of the workforce that’s growing within Chautauqua County.

One location possibly being looked at for the move is the current Brooks Hospital, but there is also talks of the property across from City Hall as well, though no specifics were given as to which parcel they might be considering.

Yanus went on to state that the JCC North Campus leases their location. A check of the Chautauqua County Geographical Information System states the current tax records, as of 2018, shows Jamestown Community College Foundation as the current owner, as well as the current owner of five other parcels surrounding the main property.

Regardless, many felt that the campus relocating to the downtown area is an “amazing opportunity” for the city. The grant awards will be announced sometime in December, Yanus added, with the spring being when the funding usually comes in.