Enthusiastic Developer Hosts Grand Opening Party In Downtown Jamestown

JAMESTOWN – A Maryland businessman says he’s ecstatic to invest in the downtown economy for years to come.

International Gem & Jewelry Show President Arnold Duke recently purchased the Old KeyBank Building on the corner of E. 2nd and N. Main Sts., and he hosted a open house party Tuesday evening with various people who’ve been apart of the process.

“I’ve never met a community that has as many sincere and genuine people in it, (as much as Jamestown),” Duke said. “The people here have a really strong vision; they just need a little bit of help from someone from the outside.”

“I’d certainly like to give credit to the people of Jamestown, certainly the Mayor (Sam Teresi), and all of the City Council.”

WNYNewsNow also spoke to the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) Vice President of Marketing, Michelle Turner, and she said Duke is the example for what, and who, the city wants to invest in it.

“He’s a very historical person. He really appreciates history in Jamestown, NY, and especially Downtown Jamestown,” Turner said. “So, quite honestly, we are so important to have someone of his stature that believes in Downtown Jamestown and really wants to keep it going and make it better.”