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Development company wants to serve Jamestown's housing needs

The Jamestown Finance and Legal Committee recommended approval to work with Stride Development to apply for a Community Development Block Grant.

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JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Finance and Legal Committee unanimously recommended approval to work with Stride Development to apply for a Community Development Block Grant.

Tyrone Grandstrand, CEO of Stride Development, told the committee Tuesday, Sept. 20, that his organization is a public benefit developer, meaning it is interested in creating housing developments that are affordable for all people who work in the communities it serves.

“We want to think about making communities that are affordable, inflation-protected homes for people who make our cities thrive,” he said. “We want to create time and money-saving amenities that are built to the project.”

For example, Grandstrand said a child care facility could be located in the same building as housing units. He said Stride Development wants to create time- and money-saving amenities that are built into a housing project.

Stride Development’s goals are to invest in Jamestown, redevelop and fill the properties that qualify as slum or blight under the Community Development Block Grant Program requirements and meet the housing needs of the city.

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Grandstrand requested the city of Jamestown's help to fill out an application for a Community Development Block Grant that Stride Development is applying for. He said the grant funds would be used to purchase property and pay for any other costs related to applying for the grant.

He did not name the building Stride Development plans to purchase and redevelop. He said Stride Development’s first project is to redevelop a property that will include street-level main-floor uses and housing that includes affordable rental units and for-purchase condominium units on the top floor. He said the number of units in the building will depend on the results of a market study.

He said the site qualifies as a slum and/or blighted property under the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Grandstrand also said Stride Development would like to have a long-term partnership with the city of Jamestown.

“How can the work we are doing fit into your needs and how can future projects that we do fit into your needs and the better sense that we have of what we want or what the community needs and wants, the better we can meet our goal of creating a public benefit,” he said.

Councilman David Steele said the only current commitment for the city of Jamestown is being a partner with Stride Development to apply for the Community Development Block Grant. The city of Jamestown is not required to put any funds toward the project.

In other business, the Jamestown Civic Center and Promotion Committee unanimously recommended approval to replace and improve the video security system at the Jamestown Civic Center.

If approved by the Jamestown City Council, the cost for the security system from Dakota Central will cost more than $24,600 and be paid from the public building site fund.

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Scott Edinger, chief of police, said the cameras will cover the concourses, floor and entry of the Civic Center along with the parking lot.

Civic Center Director Pam Fosse said some of the activities taking place in the parking lot are becoming liabilities to the city of Jamestown.

“It’s gotten to the point where it has gotten somewhat dangerous,” she said. “Last week we had two youth hood surfing on vehicles within the parking lot, meaning they were laying on top of the vehicle holding onto the top of the hood by the windshield wipers, driving around the parking lot and playing chicken with each other.”

The Police and Fire Committee unanimously recommended approval to purchase a body and in-car audio-video system for Jamestown Police Department officers and patrol vehicles through Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing.

If approved by the City Council, the system will cost $205,000. The council would also authorize a letter of intent with a $10,000 deposit due this year and a $74,000 payment due in 2023.

After that, more than $30,2000 would be paid to Sourcewell annually for the following four years of the five-year contract.

Edinger said the letter of intent and deposit would get the Jamestown Police Department in line for the audio-video system to be installed in patrol vehicles early next year so that would occur while the new vehicles are being purchased. He said the installation of the system could happen this year.

“So if we could get these installed, if we could get this here, that would be fantastic,” he said. “ … The $10,000 would come out of asset forfeiture funds and the letter of intent is something by resolution that we would need from the council.”

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The Jamestown City Council will need to give final approval on all items at its meeting Monday, Oct. 3, at City Hall.

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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