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Old Posted Aug 14, 2019, 7:39 PM
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This is cool... and this SatOne dude totally looks like that actor/comedian David Cross.

And a great amenity to complement the development going on down on the Bayfront. This area has changed soooo much since I was a kid, and now it's really starting to get some momentum, with the Harborplace development (hotel going up in left background is first component, with office, residential, restaurant, 2nd hotel).


Artist SatOne completes mural at Erie’s Dobbins Landing

https://www.goerie.com/news/20190814...obbins-landing





Internationally known artist Rafael Gerlach, known as SatOne, adds to views from the Bicentennial Tower with his mural covering the observation deck.

Visitors to the top of Erie’s Bicentennial Tower will now see more waves when they look down — nearly 140-feet — at Dobbins Landing. In addition to the waters of Presque Isle Bay, spectators will see waves of bold color painted by artist Rafael Gerlach on the second-floor observation deck.

The as-yet-untitled mural, covering the 12,000-square-foot deck and best viewed from the tower, is a collaboration between Erie Arts & Culture and the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority.

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Marriott Residence Hotel Downtown
Scott announces another Hotel in Harbor Place


https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/40...eries-bayfront
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This is really big news for Erie. Significant federal medical research dollars will make their way into Erie... with employment projected at 200. But more importantly, this puts Erie on the global map as a major center of medical research/biomedical science.

UPMC Magee-Womens Research Institute (UPMC-MWRI) to establish its first research facility outside of Pittsburgh.

To initially be housed at the existing Magee-Womens UPMC-Hamot hospital in downtown Erie, with a new freestanding building to built in the future.

An affiliated biomedical research lab will be established at Penn State-Behrend (which will also add biochemistry and biomedical engineering programs) in conjunction with their research partnership.


$26 million medical research facility coming to Erie

https://www.goerie.com/news/20190903...coming-to-erie



- In short, this expansion of the nation’s largest women’s health institute is expected to improve the health of women in the region over time, create jobs paying an average of $70,000 a year, produce spinoff benefits as the result of a partnership with Behrend and begin funneling millions of dollars in research money to Erie each year.
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This will be the 3rd mural created by a prominent international artist in downtown Erie in the past 2 months. Cool stuff.

Erie’s Methodist Towers becomes public art canvas

https://www.goerie.com/news/20191001...lic-art-canvas

Internationally-known artist Elio Mercado, known professionally as Evoca1, began work Monday on an eight-story, photorealistic portrait mural.

Rudolph “Rudy” Daniels is about to become larger than life.

Daniels, 71, has lived for the past six years at Methodist Towers, a nonprofit apartment complex for seniors located at 160 W. Eighth St. On Monday, internationally-known artist Elio Mercado, who goes professionally by the name Evoca1, began work on an eight-story, photorealistic portrait mural of Daniels on the west side of the Methodist Towers building.


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Groundbreaking today for $16M upgrade to UMPC Park, the downtown home of Erie's AA baseball team the Seawolves.

https://www.yourerie.com/news/local-...by-early-2020/
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This is GREAT news. I'm hoping more info comes out about this soon... and that this parcel will be put to much better, more appropriate use than a 1970s drive-thru fast food joint.

Downtown Erie McDonald’s to close

https://www.goerie.com/news/20191008...nalds-to-close

A ULI panel of experts recommends a complete development of the southern and western sides of the block. Recent planning studies provided by the ULI to the city recommend a new building with 140 dwelling units on the block. They are calling for new urban-stacked townhouses to be built, with rooftop terraces.

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Erie downtown group spends $3.85 million for former McDonald’s property

https://www.goerie.com/news/20191020...nalds-property



- EDDC detailed its plans to invest between $18 million and $25 million to build a five-story, 83,000-square-foot building on what’s now a restaurant and parking lot. That will provide retail space on the first floor, commercial space on the second floor and between 37 and 41 apartments on the top three floors.
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Good things continue to happen on Erie's west side/west bayfront neighborhood. Great to hear that a new business will take the place of the long-popular Pie in the Sky Cafe. It's a good building in a neighborhood with a lot of potential.

- The building that most recently housed Pie in the Sky restaurant at 463 W. Eighth St. has been purchased. The popular restaurant closed in summer 2018. Realtor Nancy Placidi of Howard Hanna said buyers Michael Wolfe and Katie Raezer “have big plans for the building,” which includes six apartments as well as the first-floor restaurant.

https://www.goerie.com/entertainment...oration-on-way



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Fourth large mural by an international artist in the past couple months in central Erie City.

Erie mural to showcase eastside diversity

https://www.goerie.com/news/20191024...side-diversity

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The work by artist Manolo Mesa will be located near the intersection of East 18th and Parade streets.

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A new depiction of neighborhood diversity and character is coming to Erie’s east side, courtesy of Manolo Mesa.

The Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network has hired Mesa, a native of Spain, to create a large mural on the east exterior of a building owned by Rog’s Inc., a rigging and crane service business located at 327 E. 18th St.

Mesa began work on the mural Friday morning, and it is expected to be finished in roughly eight days. The mural will be about 20 feet tall and at least 40 feet wide.

In an interview, Mesa said the mural will depict a group of eastside residents he met with on Wednesday - people of different ages and of various cultures - after his arrival in Erie.
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Rendering of 2nd hotel to be constructed in the Harborplace development on Erie's central bayfront (Hampton Inn & Suites currently u/c). Marriott Residence Inn; slated to begin construction Spring 2021; #7 in below site plan schematic

- 8 story (bayfront zone height limits)
- 100 guest rooms
- top floor conference center



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Much needed! Will connect Seaway Trail along West 6th Street to Presque Isle State Park Trail. And hopefully will spur action on removing the awful trailer park along Peninsula Drive between West 6th and the Ridge Environmental Center/Park Entrance.

State to fund Peninsula Drive pedestrian, bike lane

https://www.goerie.com/news/20191112...rian-bike-lane

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The dedicated lane for walkers and bicyclists will run from the Presque Isle State Park entrance to the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

Walkers, runners and bicycle riders will soon have their own lane to travel up and down the Peninsula Drive hill that leads to Presque Isle State Park.

Millcreek Township is receiving $2.5 million in state funding to build a multipurpose trail from the park’s main entrance to the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at 301 Peninsula Drive.
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New wall, fishing pier coming to Erie’s bayfront

https://www.goerie.com/news/20191119...eries-bayfront



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Erie children’s museum plans renovation, expansion

https://www.goerie.com/news/20191121...tion-expansion

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The Experience Children’s Museum will undergo a $15.1 million expansion and renovation project that is set to be completed in late 2022.

After two years of consideration and planning, the Experience Children’s Museum will not be relocating.

Museum officials will instead renovate and expand the current building, located at 420 French St. A two-story addition will be built immediately south of the museum where an outdoor classroom is located.
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Downtown Richford Arms to get $25.5M makeover.

https://www.goerie.com/news/20191125...llion-makeover

This is good news. The exterior of the bldg. has such a tired dated look from the 1920s & 30s. Even sand blasting the old brick cladding would be an improvement.
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^ Yes, definitely good news that it will be renovated. It is certainly in need of a freshening. New windows and exterior improvements (hopefully they can hide the scars from where many windows were bricked in decades ago) to go along with mechanical systems will do a lot for this building. Given its prominent location on Perry Square in the midst of major development plans, I'm really hoping that they activate the ground floor with multiple retail options. Because it's been a depressing housing project for far too long... and a major deterrent to street-level activity since the building is specifically for elderly and disabled people.

They would be stupid not to do so, considering the ongoing and planned development all around them, and with 1000+ more employees coming to Erie Insurance new campus next door... easy customers. I would like to see the building renovated, sold, and converted to a much better use for the location (i.e., market-rate apartments), and the owner, Beacon Communities, use the proceeds from the sale to build a much better living environment downtown for the Richford Arms residents.

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My home Ins agency has an office on street level there's also an active Jimmy John's sub shop on the State and N Park Row where I often stop
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^ yeah, never that of those places are going to attract the clientele that they’re attempting to bring downtown. A Jimmy Johns right on the Square illustrates exactly what is wrong with Erie.

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Rendering of 2nd hotel to be constructed in the Harborplace development on Erie's central bayfront (Hampton Inn & Suites currently u/c). Marriott Residence Inn; slated to begin construction Spring 2021; #7 in below site plan schematic

- 8 story (bayfront zone height limits)
- 100 guest rooms
- top floor conference center





*** I have several questions. On the master plans and from what I saw. There office buildings that are attached to both hotels. Are they reconsidering those and what about them? They just posted on GoErie about the smokestack. Are there any updates to the master plan or what is going to happen?
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*** I have several questions. On the master plans and from what I saw. There office buildings that are attached to both hotels. Are they reconsidering those and what about them? They just posted on GoErie about the smokestack. Are there any updates to the master plan or what is going to happen?
I don't have definitive answers (I doubt even the developers have them at this early point). Though from the master plan phasing diagram, it looks like multiple mixed-use office developments with ground floor retail/restaurant are planned in subsequent phases. As for the old smokestack, I hope they just paint it and light it up at night. The "lighthouse" idea is cheesy as hell.


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