Robert H. Jackson Center
JAMESTOWN, NY– The Robert H. Jackson Center, a non-profit dedicated to promoting liberty under law through the examination of the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson and its relevance to current events and issues, received the green light from New York State officials on May 15, 2018 to begin its Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) award funded renovation project. Robert H. Jackson Center President Susan Moran Murphy made the announcement.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on August 9, 2017 that the Jackson Center was awarded $1.5 million to “undertake needed upgrades to improve the visitor experience to the Jackson Center and enable the center to grow as a local cultural and historical anchor institution. Upgrades to the historic 1858 mansion that houses the center will include stabilizing and improving the structure, modernizing infrastructure, and creating more useable space that enhances the center’s collection and is conducive to program expansion opportunities. The upgrades will improve the facility’s visitor experience and enable more productive partnerships with local, regional, national, and international groups.”
Since August 2017, the Jackson Center has been working with its assigned program director from New York State Homes & Community Renewal (NYSHCR), City of Jamestown representatives, and other agencies involved in the project to complete all required submissions and approvals. On May 15, 2018, the Jackson Center was notified by NYSHCR that work could commence on the project.
The Jackson Center has hired LaBella Associates to provide full architectural and engineering services for the project. David A. Walter of Walter Management, PLLC will be part of the team for the duration of LaBella’s services. Several less visible phases of the project must be completed before construction activities can begin. The Jackson Center currently anticipates construction will begin in late winter/early spring of 2019 and last approximately 12 months. Construction should not affect the fulsome Jackson Center programs schedule, however, visitors will be asked to “pardon our dust” at times during the construction phase.
“We would like to express our deep gratitude to the leaders and members of the Scottish Right Freemasons Valley of Jamestown for partnering with us to make this renovation project possible within the timeframe necessary,” said Susan Moran Murphy. “And, we thank our dedicated volunteers from Cummins, Inc. Jamestown Engine Plant for providing their muscle power, knowledge, and can-do attitude on Wednesday, June 6 and two previous occasions, to clear out heavy items from key areas targeted for this project. Cummins is a great partner of the Jackson Center and in the larger community.”
The Robert H. Jackson Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail. The Center invites and engages students of all ages, scholars, educators, national officials and international dignitaries to analyze contemporary issues of peace and justice through the lens of Justice Jackson’s body of work.