City Planning Commission Approves BPU Fence

A fence to separate the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk and the Board of Public Utilities parking lot has been approved.

On Tuesday, the Jamestown Planning Commission approved the decorative security fence. David Leathers, Jamestown Board of Public Utilities general manager, discussed the plans for the fence and the parking lot with the Planning Commission. He said the site plan for the construction project at the BPU had already been approved by the group. He said this meeting was just to discuss the remaining part of the construction process, which is installing the fence.

The BPU received money from the Gebbie Foundation to make a portion of the security fence decorative. The part of the fence nearest the Riverwalk will be the decorative section. BPU officials also said there will be landscaping and trees planted around the security fence to make the area more aesthetically pleasing.

In other business, the Planning Commission approved the abandonment of a portion of Outlet Avenue between Isabella Avenue and West Eighth Street. The area is being abandoned to be used for the Riverwalk and to improve conditions at Ben Weitsman of Jamestown, located at 610 W. Eighth St. Jeff Lehman, city Public Works Department director, said Weitsman will pave and place a 6-foot fence around its business to help prevent dust from going toward the Riverwalk.

The area is being prepared for Phase V of the Riverwalk project, which is the Chadakoin Park Trail and bike path from McCrea Point Park to Clifton Avenue. The trail will include a blacktop bike and pedestrian path over the former J&W railbed that runs along the Chadakoin River from West Eighth Street to Clifton Avenue, near Fluvanna Avenue; additional blacktop trails will lead from the main path to a nature trail and river observation platform; decorative lighting; park amenities like benches, picnic tables and trash cans; and landscaping including trees and grass.

Through the abandonment of Outlet Avenue project, a buffer zone will be created between Weitsman’s and the Riverwalk. Bill Rice, city principal planner, said city officials have a letter of commitment from Weitsman for the project.