Independent Living

Following several months of renovations and remodeling, a former historic Goodell property is once again ready to be a home.

Area residents are invited to an open house at ShadyRivers, a new independent living retirement home, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 504 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown. Open house attendees will have an opportunity to tour the home, the grounds, meet staff members and learn about the family-oriented life at ShadyRivers. Refreshments and free merchandise will also be available. No advance registration is required.

Recently purchased and remodeled by area residents Chris Oakes, Brandey Oakes, Melissa Klenke and Charlie Klenke, ShadyRivers offers its guests independent retirement living for individuals who require minimal assistance.

“We’d like to see some local community seniors in this house that aren’t in need of a nursing home,” said Klenke. “We’ll be cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and offering limited transportation.”

The home features 11 resident bedrooms, a furnished living room, library, dining room and more than an acre of maintained grounds.The living room includes a 60-inch LED flat screen television and free Netflix service. And, each room includes a 32-inch LED flat screen television and cable. Each room will also be named after the first resident of the room, such as: “Nana and Pop’s” room, which is the first room to have been rented.

According to its website,, the home was established in the 1920s as a private residence for Dr. Charles Goodell and his growing family. Many members of the Goodell family who were raised on the 1-acre estate would grow to become influential members of society, such as: Dr. Goodell’s son, Charles, who served as New York State Senator in the 1960s; Charles’ son, Roger Goodell, who currently serves as commissioner of the National Football League; and Roger’s cousin, Andrew Goodell, a former Chautauqua County executive, and current New York state Assemblyman. The home also served as a temporary residence for Richard Nixon for one weekend in 1960 after he had lost the presidential election bid to President John. F. Kennedy.

“It’s a building which has a big history in this community, and we’re not trying to take away from that, but rather to build on top of it,” said Klenke.

According to Klenke, the new name of the home is based on a connection between the two families who purchased the property together.

“The name and the colors on the sign are representative of Chris, Brandey and their kids, who live on Shady Side in Lakewood, while Melissa, me and our kids live on River Side in Busti,” said Klenke. “The leaves on the logo are representative of Brandey and my mom and dad, and the pink leaf is for Melissa’s mother who passed away from breast cancer.”

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