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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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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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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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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
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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.

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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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Good to see further action in this area of downtown. These buildings include some of downtown's oldest/most historic, and they are vastly underutilized and largely go unnoticed.

Proposed redevelopment use is ground floor retail, upper floor office and residential space.

Specifics here: https://www.documentcloud.org/docume...e-Streets.html

Erie downtown group to buy property near Art Museum

https://www.goerie.com/news/20190731...ear-art-museum
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Good to see further action in this area of downtown. These buildings include some of downtown's oldest/most historic, and they are vastly underutilized and largely go unnoticed.

Proposed redevelopment use is ground floor retail, upper floor office and residential space.

Specifics here: https://www.documentcloud.org/docume...e-Streets.html

Erie downtown group to buy property near Art Museum

https://www.goerie.com/news/20190731...ear-art-museum
Hopefully that could revitalize the intersection. If only that McDonalds would be developed!
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Hopefully that could revitalize the intersection. If only that McDonalds would be developed!
It should definitely help!

That McDonald's, with it's parking lot fronting the street is an awful eyesore. Should have never been permitted to be built there. There was outcry about it when it was proposed back in the late 1970s, but of course it's Erie, so they fucked up and allowed demolition of 19th century commercial bldgs and put a suburban design fast food restaurant in a block filled with 1820s-1870s buildings.

There has been talk of redeveloping that McDonalds lot for as long as I have paid attention to these topics, but nothing has been able to gain traction. The Hopefully with big money interests now owning much of the surrounding buildings, they'll be able to finally do something there.

I mean, can you do any worse?

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Erie County projects get $13 million in state funding

https://www.goerie.com/news/20190801...-state-funding

RACP grants:
  • $2.5 million for Erie Downtown Development Corp.’s Flagship City Development, which will include a market and culinary arts district along North Park Row.
  • $2 million to renovate the six-story Knight Tower at Gannon University, which the university expects to use as a global headquarters for academia and industry to design, integrate and protect intelligence and data systems at its Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge.
  • $2 million to help fund an expansion at Saint Vincent Hospital, which is undergoing a $100 million renovation that will enlarge and modernize its emergency department, adding 36 new patient bays.
  • $1 million for Green Junction Park in Corry. The project will include the development of 1.7 acres in the center of the city that include two historic train depots.
  • $1 million for renovations for Renaissance Centre, Erie’s tallest office building. The money will help pay for the replacement of original wooden windows, repair of deteriorated masonry, electrical upgrades and other improvements.
  • $1.5 million for the construction of the Bayfront Place Market House. The grant, which will be made to the Erie County Convention Center Authority, will help fund construction of the 18,000-square-foot building that’s envisioned as a key component of the Bayfront Place Development.
  • $500,000 for athletic and academic facility renovations at Mercyhurst University. Renovations will be made to classrooms used by the athletic training and sports medicine programs as part of a larger project to upgrade athletic facilities at the university.
  • $1.5 million for the expansion of an industrial facility in Corry. The grant, paid to the Erie County General Authority, will add 32,000 square feet to meet the needs of an existing manufacturer.
  • $1 million grant for Erie Homes for Children and Adults, which was announced Thursday, had first been reported earlier this year. The money is being used to build residential units for individuals with serious medical needs.


Details for some of the above:

$1.5 million to the Erie County Convention Center Authority for construction of an 18,000-square-foot “Bayfront Place Market House” with grocery shopping, parking, and other retailer opportunities.

The proposed project is an essential initial component of the Bayfront Place Development and is a core element of what will be known as the "Market District" in the plan. The project will entail the construction of an approximately 18,000 square foot "Market House" and a surface parking area comprised of 80 parking spaces. The space will include approximately 10,000 square feet for a permanent year round grocery store tenant. The remaining space will be constructed to accommodate either seasonal or permanent tenants as market demand dictates. The design will attempt to attract purveyors of artisan, ethnic and freshly prepared foods, farm to table produce, arts, gifts and other unique retail items. The construction will include an open terrace that would also accommodate a farmers market, seasonal retailers, performers and the general public.

$2.5 million to the city of Erie for the Flagship City Development project, which will revitalize two blighted buildings in downtown Erie.

Flagship City Development will revitalize two blighted buildings in downtown Erie. In alignment with the Erie Refocused plan, the EDDC will transform the vacant spaces into a marketplace and food hall, with plans for a co-working fitness studio to encourage healthy lifestyles downtown. Although the buildings are structurally sound, significant exterior and interior work is needed to make the properties safe and restore their historical integrity. The leaking roof and flooring must be replaced. New ingress and egress points are required, along with other upgrades to meet current building code standards. The original historic facades will be restored, and the surrounding block will be streetscaped, making the area more walkable and bike-friendly. Streetscaping will also allow for the installation of fiber internet connections needed to attract commercial and residential tenants to downtown.

$2 million to the Erie County General Authority for creation of the Gannon University Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge.+

To renovate a six story 99,784 SF building located at 150 W. 10th St. in the heart of Erie's economic district to create the I-HACK. I-HACK will serve as a global headquarters for academia and industry to design, integrate and protect cybernetic intelligence and data systems worldwide. The building, which is owned by Gannon, is structurally sound with superb technical capabilities. Gannon will fund renovations of the entry and first two floors to create educational space for Cyber education. Additional renovations, contingent upon RACP funding, will be the top three floors (60,000 SF) to create industry commercial space for recruitment of external cyber businesses to the region, along with the cities only Tier 4 Data Center.

$1 million to the city of Erie for renovations to the historic Renaissance Centre, including replacement of original wooden windows, repair of deteriorated masonry, electrical upgrades and other improvements.

This project will focus on renovations to the Renaissance Centre (aka Erie Trust Company Building), Erie's largest and most important office building that is listed on National Register of Historic Places.The purpose of this project is to Stabilize, and Restore/Upgrade the building to ensure ongoing viability, retainage of existing business population, and to attract additional businesses to the building and downtown Erie. The project entails replacement of approximately 500 original wooden windows, repairing deteriorated masonry, upgrading systems (electric, plumbing, HVAC) and providing other general repairs and enhancements.
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Marquette Savings Bank to build $7M Innovation Center next to downtown corp office.

From Erie Times-News story

https://www.goerie.com/news/20190811...ovation-center

Tom Tupitza, president of the Erie law firm of Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, sees big changes coming to the neighborhood around his law firm on West 10th St.
Those changes began with the $8.5 million transformation of the former Rothrock building across the street that’s now the home of Velocity Network and the Erie Innovation District.
Just to the west of the law firm, Gannon University has plans to spend millions transforming the former six-story Verizon call center into the headquarters for its Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge.
Now, another big project is set to begin next door as Marquette Savings Bank begins construction sometime in the next few weeks at the site of the former Toni & Guy building at the corner of Peach and West 10th streets on a new $7 million operations, training, innovation and learning center.
According to Marquette CEO Michael B. Edwards, the idea for the building grew out of a simple problem: The bank, which has doubled its employment over the past 10 years, was running out of space.
But the concept, shaped by Kelly A. Montefiori, executive vice president, evolved to meet another need.
Montefiori said the bank recognized a need to train customers on a wide range of products and technology. A 2,500-square-foot space on the first floor of the innovation center will provide space for that training to take place as well as a cafe space.
“We are committed to growing Marquette,” Montefiore said. “In this day and age, technology is important to growing a bank and we wanted to make a statement about our belief in downtown.”
The design, created by the firm of Weber Murphy Fox, incorporates brick, cast stone, blue composite paneling and graphics on the second floor to create a look like nothing else to be found in Erie, said Pete Sitter, vice president of marketing for Marquette.
“It will have real modern Apple Store feel to it,” he said. “I don’t know that there is any other building to compare to it.”
While the largest part of the building, including the basement and second floor, will be used for operations, Montefiori said, “The signature piece is going to be on that corner with our blue metal panels, lots of glass. As people are walking by, they are going to able to look into the innovation center and see lots of technology hanging on the wall. We hope to do lots of activities and hold events in the front part.”
Edwards said the new building will more than double the space of the bank’s headquarters located next door at 920 Peach St.
“This project enables us to keep pace with our current growth with an eye on the future,” he said in a statement. “While we could have expanded our operations anywhere, we felt it was important to enhance our presence within the city limits and, more important, right here in downtown Erie.”
Like Tupitza, Sitter said he believes the impact of the new building will be multiplied by the impact of other new buildings, including those developed by Velocity Network and Gannon and the plans that the Erie Innovation Network has for the Downtown YMCA building.
“You are starting to develop a critical mass,” Sitter said. “Now when you are driving down Peach Street you are going to have that feel that this is where the Innovation District is.”
Employees were another consideration for a bank that’s been growing, Sitter said.
“We are ranked as one of the top 100 places to work in Pennsylvania,” he said. “We pride ourselves on the work experience here, but right now things are kind of tight.”
Tupitza, who remembers a very different feel to the neighborhood not so long ago, said there’s a new energy and food trucks parked outside on Mondays.
“We are very excited about it,” said Tupitza, whose law firm just tore down a building that will now be used as a construction staging area for Marquette. “Overall, we couldn’t be more pleased.”

Jim Martin can be reached at 870-1668 or by email. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ETNMartin.

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^ Here's a rendering. I think it sucks. Knocking down 2 multiple early commercial buildings for this shit should be against the law.

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Rendering of proposed office building at NW corner of W12th & Peach Streets:



This would include renovation of the existing 28,000 SF 3-story Citizens Bank office building (not pictured above) and construction of approximately 70,000 SF of new commercial space over structured parking.

This is where the current Citizens Bank drive-thru sits. A new Citizens Bank branch is being constructed directly across W12th St. (rendering a few posts back)

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