The board of trustees of Jamestown Community College on Tuesday night chose Park Centre Development Co. to prepare properties around its Olean campus for an expansion, should the Cattaraugus County Legislature choose to approve its share of funding for the project in late January.
JCC President Gregory DeCinque confirmed the award Wednesday night, but said the decision was made contingent on a grant of authority by the Legislature next month.
He said Park Centre, headed by Olean developer and Blue Bird Coach Lines chief Louis A. Magnano, and James Zaepfel of Ellicottville, the owner of property currently being leased by the campus, submitted bids. Park Centre's offer was the lower of the two, said DeCinque.
If funding is approved, Park Centre will be paid a maximum of $2,779,000 to purchase 24 homes and eight businesses to make way for the proposed $31 million expansion. Another $414,968 will pay for demolition of structures.
"We just tried to get out in front of this if that (Cattaraugus County Legislature) vote is positive," said DeCinque. "Otherwise the project would have been delayed 30 days," he added.
The board also approved a five-year extension of the Olean campus lease of Zaepfel's properties along with a $1.5 million option to purchase.
Cattaraugus County Health Director Sue Bubbs and Olean Mayor James P. Griffin, the two trustees who represent Cattaraugus County on the board, were not able to attend the meeting and were surprised by news of the vote.
Olean Campus Interim Dean John Bartimole said Park Centre is an excellent choice because of Magnano's past track record for assembling properties for development in the city.
County Legislator Mark Williams said the Legislature could vote on the issue on Jan. 26. The county's 25 percent share of the project totals $8.1 million.