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Old Posted May 13, 2019, 6:03 PM
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Am I the only one that feels like there is a ton of development in Erie right now for such a small rust belt city? It really surprises me.
I think that Erie is gaining momentum that has been slowly building for a decade-plus. Like how Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Buffalo are experiencing resurgence in their urban cores, I'd say Erie has been going through a smaller version of that. I think you also have to keep in mind that while Erie City proper only has a population of around 100k, the official CSA numbers over 360k (which arbitrarily only includes the Pennsylvania counties of Erie and Crawford, and not the areas of se NY and NE OH which are in actuality part of Erie’s metro area). With those areas included, Erie serves as the regional hub for well over a half million people. Also, Erie’s population swells significantly from May thru September, with over 2M out of town visitors to the beaches at Presque Isle. So, while the city of Erie itself is relatively small in population, that number in itself is a rather poor metric for development potential.

A new mayoral administration took over a year ago (the previous one coasted on autopilot for 12 years as the city bled off jobs with no replacements) and a downtown development corporation (backed by big $ interests) recently formed. There has been renewed interest in the region, with a good bit of press (NYTimes, NPR, Atlantic, Brookings, etc.) about how the area is working to turnaround and emerge from a heavy manufacturing-based economy to one that focuses on technology, medicine, insurance, higher education, and tourism... it's long possessed significant sector attributes in those areas, but they have come more to the forefront in the past 10 years or so. An impressive comprehensive plan completed a couple years ago by a also shed light on some of the hard truths facing the region and provided a roadmap for change. Summary here: https://czb.org/wp-content/uploads/2...erie-large.pdf

Couple this with a great natural location on the Great Lakes, 6 universities (now with more jobs in the region waiting for grads) and an influx of immigrants who contribute to an already diverse smaller city... and some good things seem to be happening there.

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Old Posted May 13, 2019, 6:15 PM
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Here's a look at the rendering of proposed $39M redeveloped North Park Row across from Perry Square in downtown Erie. Gray buildings are to be redeveloped into a fresh foods market and food hall. Middle red brick building is planned new construction for an arcade-style shopping and restaurant/bar destination. Upper floors to be apartments and office space.



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The old, neglected Greyhound Bus station and the 4-story brick apartment building in the center are not original to the 1840s Exchange Block and would be demo'd for the middle building pictured above.

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It is always sad to see an old building go, but it looks like a larger building would do a lot to improve utilization of Perry Square. The old greyhound station looked pretty cool in the pictures, I liked the streamline moderne feel.
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Old Posted May 17, 2019, 4:31 PM
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It is always sad to see an old building go, but it looks like a larger building would do a lot to improve utilization of Perry Square. The old greyhound station looked pretty cool in the pictures, I liked the streamline moderne feel.
Yeah, I agree... I like its 1930s Art Deco/Streamline Moderne style, and it's on the National Register, so I imagine there will be some debate over its planned demolition.





Unfortunately, the area became very seedy (as many areas around bus stations seem to become) in the 70s, and remained so in the 80s, with the building being an ad-hoc homeless shelter/crackhouse, and then serving as a pool hall/bar in the 90s, then a daycare center briefly, and then a series of rather cheesy dance clubs and a tiki bar popular with both the college-age crowd and "country music" crowd since the mid 00s... all the while the building being neglected.












Even though it's Erie's only remaining commercial example of the Art Moderne style, it was totally out of place, in the middle of an 1840s-70s block right on the city's central square, when they demolished the 1870s Park Opera House (one of the largest opera houses in the nation at the time, seating over 1,500) and adjacent building for the bus depot and lot in 1939... so I'm really not too sad to see it go. In many ways, the 1930s were as destructive to the urban environment as the 1960s-70s were.

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Redo in the works. Erie Innovation District announces plans to rehab the exterior and floors 4,5, & 6 for new tenants.

Story from the Erie Times-News

The exterior additions would include an elevator along the building’s south facade and other exterior improvements, such as new windows, to make the building look sleeker and more contemporary. The design for what would be called the Innovation Tower would be similar to that of Velocity Network’s headquarters in the former Rothrock Building at 121 W. 10th St., just west of the Downtown Y building, which is at 31 W. 10th St.
Sanchak said the EID likes the idea of renovating a historic building that is also near the Velocity Network headquarters and the planned Marquette Savings Bank innovation center at the northwest corner of West 10th and Peach streets, across the street from the Downtown Y.
Nearby, Gannon University has announced plans for a multi-million-dollar renovation of Knight Tower, the former Verizon Call Center at 131 W. Ninth St. The project is to transform the building into a data center, technology laboratories and space for technology companies.
And farther north, the Erie Downtown Development Corp. is renovating a large section of the building complex just north of the northwestern section of Perry Square, though that project is focusing on apartments and restaurant space.

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https://www.goerie.com/news/20190618...ake-downtown-y
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Old Posted Jun 20, 2019, 8:15 PM
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Hopefully, the signage and that ridiculous mural are just for the rendering...

Would be nice if they developed something on that awful surface parking lot.





The former GTE North/Verizon tower, now Gannon University Knight Tower, to become home to the university's Integrated Health and Cyber Knowledge program, which is affiliated with the Erie Innovation District.



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Big view of progress on Hampton Inn & Suites on East Bayfront.

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PA's 2nd wealthiest person renovating these 1870s townhouses. Not surprise considering he's involved in a lot of historic renovations... and the fact that these buildings are right next door to the Erie County Historical Society campus (aka the Hagen History Center).

Mystery Sixth Street developer revealed: Erie’s Tom Hagen

https://www.goerie.com/news/20190621...ries-tom-hagen

Two Historic Town Homes Sold, Undergoing Renovations

https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/39...ng-renovations



According to PA DCED, “Falling into disrepair, these large residences were converted into apartments in the 1970s. Both buildings were rehabilitated (around) 1985, which further subdivided the interiors. Since that time, they have fallen into disrepair and became a blight upon the neighborhood. The proposed Canalside Townhouses Rehabilitation Project will significantly update these four semi-detached dwellings, reducing the number of apartments from five to three per dwelling and will totally renovate the interior and exterior of each dwelling.”
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Those will probably turn out beautifully
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Those will probably turn out beautifully
I imagine that they will. All of the historic renovation projects that he's been a part of are top-notch. He is worth almost $5B... so he's obviously got the cash (and influence to get $500K in tax credits) ... and it seems he's very committed to making historic preservation/renovation part of his legacy.

Right next door, the 1858 Wood-Morrison House was recently restored by Erie County Historical Society... which now calls its campus the Hagen History Center after gave them a bunch of cash. This was the home of the First Surgeon General of the US.

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Erie's premier cultural attraction
Going to happen $20mil Warner theater expansion
bids go out
see video
https://youtu.be/97e785wgUNU

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https://www.google.com/search?q=warn...3EQsAR6BAgAEAE

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Good to see a local organization as owner's of this little gem, where their offices are currently located.

Erie Philharmonic buys downtown building

https://www.goerie.com/news/20190628...ntown-building

The 106 year old Erie Philharmonic has its first permanent home.

The Philharmonic has bought the Meiser Building at 23 W. 10th St., where its administrative offices are located. The building was purchased through a new limited liability company. Private donations paid the cost, according to an announcement by the Philharmonic on Friday. The property was purchased from the Sherr Company of Cook County, Illinois.

Meiser Buidling



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Sorry for the GIGANTIC photo size... it's become too much of a pain to resize them online.

LERTA could clear way for new hotel on Erie’s bayfront

https://www.goerie.com/news/20190711...eries-bayfront



- Nick Scott Sr. confirmed this week that his family-owned company is moving ahead with a plan to build a second hotel on its property on Erie’s bayfront.

- Fewer than 10 days since the approval of a LERTA that will offer 10-year, 100 percent tax abatements on city and county taxes for improvements made to commercial and residential properties citywide, Scott said this week that his family-owned company is moving ahead with a plan to build a second hotel on Erie’s bayfront.

- The proposed hotel would be located east of the Hampton Inn & Suites, would likely be of similar size to that 95-room hotel and would probably cost between $15 million and $18 million.

- “We plan to do the residential part of the development sooner rather than later because of the LERTA,” said Scott, who has said for at least the past year that proposed waterfront housing units would become a higher priority if LERTA were to become a reality.

- Zaphiris, who has planned a number of projects along West 12th Street over the next several years, said he expects to break ground later this summer on a new branch office for Citizens Bank at 25 W. 12th St. The completion of that project will clear the way for the bank to move out of its office at the corner of State and West 12th streets and allow Zaphiris to begin planned renovations to that building. He also has plans to renovate and expand the former General Tire building at 121 W. 12th St. and to build a new office building on the site of the current Citizens Bank drive-through location.

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