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Old Posted Dec 23, 2011, 5:32 PM
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Union Square town-house project takes shape in midtown Erie

By ERICA ERWIN, Erie Times-News
erica.erwin@timesnews.com

Construction on the long-planned Union Square town-house project has begun.
Crews have poured foundations for the seven town houses that make up the first phase of the $1.4 million project, and framing has started, said Mark Schneider, managing partner of Fourth River Development LLC.
The midtown project had been delayed while the Pittsburgh-based developer tried to secure financing, but could now be under roof within the next two to three weeks, weather permitting.
"The fact that we're going ahead is a commitment that everybody's made to Erie," Schneider said, and reflects a belief that enough people are interested in urban living to make the project a success.
The project is a major part of a larger $55 million development that runs from West 12th to West 14th streets between Peach and State streets, and also includes the renovation of Griswold Park and the multimillion-dollar transformation of the Mercantile Building.
The first phase includes the construction of seven two-and-a-half-story town houses and a 1,300-square-foot Crazy Mocha Coffee shop, to be built near West 13th and Peach streets. Ultimately, Fourth River plans to build 140 housing units in the area.
Brenda Sandberg, the city's director of community and economic development, called the town-house project "a key turning point to the overall development of downtown and how we continue to grow and evolve."
Urban residential projects, familiar in larger cities, are a new concept in Erie and something that was lacking here, Sandberg said.
The town houses will appeal to people who don't want to mow an acre or lawn, or who want to walk across the street to dinner, she said.
"We've never had that opportunity prior to this," Sandberg said.
Kim Green, executive director of the Erie Redevelopment Authority, the organization that helped assemble land for the project, said she is excited that the project has started, and that potential buyers will be impressed by the finished product.
"There are naysayers, of course, but we really believe there is a market out there that wants to be part of an urban lifestyle," she said. "We're thrilled that we're finally going to be able to have that product available to people in the region."
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Old Posted Jan 20, 2012, 4:33 PM
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Plans were revealed for the former GAF plant on the waterfront in
downtown Erie.he GAF plant was close in 2007. It has been demolished,
cleaned, decontaminated and certfied for public/private use including
habitation.
The site is expected to include another hotel, apartments, condos, shops
and a parking garage.

http://goerie.com/article/20120120/N...-site-unveiled

and a video report

http://www.erietvnews.com/story/1656...-gaf-site-plan

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Old Posted Apr 26, 2012, 5:05 AM
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Erie Insurance to build 1,000 car parking garage in downtown Erie for employees.

From the Erie Times-News

The Erie Insurance board a week ago approved the construction of the garage, which will go up on more than 2 acres between East Seventh and East Eighth streets and French and Holland streets. Erie Insurance owns a 192-space surface parking lot there now.
Site work is scheduled to start June 1 and construction in July, Erie Insurance said. The company said the project will be done in October 2013.
The 1,000-space garage will dwarf the capacity of Erie Insurance's two existing parking garages, which are several blocks north, near East Fifth and Holland streets (740 spaces) and East Fourth and French streets (428 spaces), according to figures from the company.
The 1,000-space garage will also be larger than any other parking garage in the area, including the 300-space garage next to the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel and the nine parking garages the Erie Parking Authority owns.
The authority's largest garages are at 22 E. Third St., next to UPMC Hamot (609 spaces); 120 W. Ninth St., near Gannon University (563 spaces); 112 E. Third St., next to Hamot (553 spaces); and 2501 Myrtle St., next to Saint Vincent Health Center (536 spaces).
The new Erie Insurance garage will expand its current number of parking spaces by a third, from 2,015 to 3,015, according to company figures.
Of the 2,105 current spaces, 1,168 are located in the two existing Erie Insurance parking garages, said company spokeswoman Leah Knapp, who told the Erie Times-News of the parking-garage plans this week.
She said the 2,015 spaces are reserved for Erie Insurance's 2,000 local employees -- the company is the third-largest employer in Erie County -- as well as for visitors and motorists who use neighboring apartments and businesses.
Erie Insurance employs about 4,400 people nationwide, including the 2,000 in Erie. Erie Insurance since February 2011 has purchased more than 30 parcels near its headquarters, including on the block where the parking garage will go up, as well on blocks to the north and east of its main campus, just east of Perry Square.
In announcing the construction of the parking garage, Erie Insurance, a Fortune 500 company, disclosed its short-term plans without detailing its long-term construction strategy.
The parking garage, however, appears to fit with Erie Insurance's 20-year-plan, which it unveiled in 2002. That blueprint called for Erie Insurance to expand its campus and to boost the workforce at its headquarters to 3,100.
As it continues to develop a master plan for its campus, Erie Insurance is working with the Boston architectural firm of Childs Bertman Tseckares Inc., said Knapp, the Erie Insurance spokeswoman.
She said Erie Insurance has hired Walsh Construction, based in Chicago with an office in Pittsburgh, to build the parking garage.
Erie Insurance officials, Knapp said, will meet with "community leaders, vendors, consultants and others" as the architects come up with a plan for the "best use of space -- landscaped and buildable areas -- throughout our footprint."
"We're looking to provide the right mix of office and meeting rooms and amenities like cafeterias and training facilities," Knapp said in a statement. "One primary need for employees is parking."
Knapp declined to discuss Erie Insurance's building plans beyond the parking garage.
"This effort, and potentially more to come, actively demonstrates Erie (Insurance's) commitment to the community that bears its name and is such an important part of its history," Knapp said in a statement. "Helping to build a vibrant Erie community is essential to the company's success and the many others who live and work in Erie."
The construction of the parking garage exemplifies the patient approach Erie Insurance has taken to acquire land. Though its purchases have accelerated recently, Erie Insurance over the years has bought parcels and held on to them for years, anticipating an expansion.
As of Tuesday, Erie Insurance had purchased five parcels on the site where it will erect the parking garage, the specific plans for which Erie Insurance did not release. Erie Insurance purchased one of the five parcels in 1993 (it is a vacant lot), two in 2005 (both parking lots), one in March (another parking lot) and the fifth (a house) on April 18, according to property records at the Erie County Courthouse. The properties are zoned for commercial use.
The layout of the site indicates Erie Insurance will most likely purchase more land before construction of the parking garage. A house at 115 E. Seventh St. stands in the middle of the site -- and, most likely, in the way of the parking garage.
The house, which Erie Insurance does not own, serves as the office for lawyer David Mack. He declined to comment on whether he was negotiating with Erie Insurance over his property.
Knapp also declined to comment on whether Erie Insurance will buy more land for the parking garage.
"With regard to additional purchases," she said, "I can tell you that we'll continue to purchase properties in our neighborhood to accommodate our future needs and growth, as well as for the benefit of our community."
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5 new contruction projects are under way in Downtown Erie

A) $47,000,000 upgade to Erie Insurance Arena on French between 8th & 9th
B) Townhouses going up at 13 & Peach sts
C) New Taco Bell nearing completion at 12th & Frech sts
D) 2 story addition with 110 beds 11th & French sts
E) 34 apartments at 19th & Holland

Also
Starting in July between 7th & 8th near French st a
private, 8 level 1,000 car parking garage for ERIE INSURANCE
They currently have about 2100 spaces in other garages in
downtown Erie

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5 new contruction projects are under way in Downtown Erie

A) $45,000,000 upgade to Erie Insurance Arena on French between 8th & 9th
B) Townhouses going up at 13 & Peach sts
C) New Taco Bell nearing completion at 12th & Frech sts
D) 2 story addition with 110 beds 11th & French sts
E) 34 apartments at 19th & Holland

Also
Starting in July between 7th & 8th near French st a
private, 8 level 1,000 car parking garage for ERIE INSURANCE
They currently have about 2100 spaces in other garages in
downtown Erie

UPDATE

A) UC to be completed in Sept 2013
B) 1st 4 completed
C) Taco Bell open
D) Grand opening
E) Some opened & UC
Also 8 level garage passing 3rd level
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Erie Insurance Adds

Erie Insurance adds new bldg. infill and $28 mil upgrades.
As Erie Insurance Arena is finishing $47mill in upgrades
along with a new 6 level 1,000 car parking garage Erie Ins announced plans
for a new bldg Tech Learning Center. Two older bldgs. bought by Erie will be rehabbed and used for a museum and more offices.

From the Erie Times-News
http://goerie.com/erie-insurance-to-...s-updated-1-pm
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http://goerie.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/sto...W=900&MaxH=900
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Demolition done, about to get underway

At Gannon University downtown campus
Demolition done on Crispo Hall
http://www.gannonsports.com/images/2...terModern1.jpg

About to get started. Infill of parking area and open space
Expansion & infill (new covered 80yd fieldhouse).
Rendering
http://www.gannon.edu/Student-Life/R...Modernization/
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2 new Hotels to be built in downtown Erie

This $55M 200 room hotel to be built above the newly enclosed loading dock connected direct to the convention center.
http://goerie.com/convention-center-...bayfront-hotel

AND
This hotel sched for 13 acres about a 1/4 mile from the 4yr old Sheraton Hotel
http://goerie.com/scott-enterprises-...bayfront-hotel
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Update... on this project
AND
This hotel sched for 13 acres about a 1/4 mile from the 4yr old Sheraton Hotel
http://goerie.com/scott-enterprises-...bayfront-hotel


Video & article

http://goerie.com/article/20131128/N...nt-development
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