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Vision 2025 Highlights Feb. 26, 2017

Vision 2025 highlights

Here’s a look at recent highlights and developments connected with the Vision 2025 initiative in Johnstown:

• Train Station reuse planning underway.

With the support of PennDOT, a new steering committee has been formed to look at options for redeveloping Johnstown’s Train Station.

In January, community stakeholders began working with project consultants to plan for possible futures for the historic station.

The committee represents the City of Johnstown, CamTran, Johnstown Redevelopment Authority, Lift Johns-town, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, Johnstown Area Heritage Association and others. PennDOT has engaged two consultants, Urban Partners and KSK Architects Planners Historians Inc. of Philadelphia on this project.

The Urban Partners team is conducting a series of interviews with commercial developers, adjacent businesses and area economic and community development officials concerning the potential role for the train station in larger community revitalization efforts.

Urban Partners will provide a comprehensive market analysis to determine the range of feasible uses for the Johnstown Train Station and surrounding site.

Retail, commercial/industrial, office, service and entertainment/tourism options will be explored. Urban Partners will analyze the development and operational economics for each option.

KSK will develop architectural plans for selected options arising from reuse ideas resulting from the market analysis.

The goal of the project is to create a plan for the Train Station that will support revitalization and investment in the core of the city.

JAHA, owner of the station, began initial building rehabilitation of the station in August, and will complete roof replacement and masonry repairs in the spring.

Funding for building repairs came from PennDOT, local private donations, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, and other sources. Amtrak also is completing a major project to make the station accessible for passengers with disabilities.

• Visionary of the Month recognized.

Beginning in January, V25 started to recognize an outstanding capture team leader to be Visionary of the Month.

This month, V25 celebrates and thanks Linda Messer, a grant writer from Johnstown.

With what V25 capture teams and projects are you active? In what ways have you helped to drive/participate in these efforts?

“I am the Greenspace capture team leader. Our team assists other V25 teams such as the trails, community gardens and other teams to create sustainable greenspace within the city.

Recent projects include a PennDOT Adopt-a-Highway stretch through the city, Arbor Day celebrations, assisting the city Tree Commission and Planning Commission with green infrastructure plans, landscaping the Welcome to Cambria City sign, planting tulips in Central Park, street cleanup and weeding and installing a pollinator garden at Sandyvale Conservatory, with 2017 plans for a downtown beautification contest.”

In your own words, what does Vision 2025 mean to you?

“Vision 2025, at its core, is neighbor helping neighbor through grassroots volunteerism for all. It is the glue that binds our creative efforts and ties us together from our ideas to our actions.”

What has been your most enjoyable or rewarding experience with your V25 involvement?

“It just feels good to work together around a common vision. I think most of us enjoy the rush of creating something good that makes people happy and more proud of our city. You meet a lot of new, friendly people along the way and V25 is truly purposeful living.”

On the calendar:

March 6: Capture Team leader seminar. By invitation only. For information, email

March 15: River issues discussion. 5:30 p.m., JAHA Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave., Johnstown.

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