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Jamestown's National Comedy Center awards contract for exhibits

ALBANY – The National Comedy Center slated to open next year in Jamestown has taken a major step forward by awarding an exhibits construction contract – and that's no joke.

Adirondack Studios of Argyle, in Washington County, received the $2.9 million contract. The company will be responsible for all of the exhibits at the center, built in the hometown of famed comedian and actress Lucille Ball.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the project continues to make progress toward its targeted summer 2018 opening. Construction began in 2016. The center's 37,000 square feet of exhibit space involves a new 6,000-square-foot building and the renovation of two historic buildings. Renovation involves the restoration of the historic Jamestown Gateway train station.

The center has received about $4.4 million in state aid through the Regional Economic Development Council. Cuomo also committed an additional $5 million through Phase II of the Buffalo Billion initiative.

The National Comedy Center is expected to draw 114,000 visitors annually and support 184 jobs.

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