DCED Secretary Highlights Wolf Administration’s Investments into Erie
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local officials, business leaders, and investors to highlight the Wolf Administration’s investments into Erie and to promote Erie as a prime target for private investment. His remarks were part of Erie Homecoming 2019, a two-day event showcasing high-potential investment opportunities to both individuals and organizations with ties to the region or entering the Erie investment market for the first time.
“From its start-up businesses to those on the Fortune 500, from its unified leadership to its vibrant neighborhoods, from private investors to public entities, everyone is seizing the opportunities in Erie right now,” Secretary Davin said. “The Wolf Administration is proud to be one of those public entities committed to Erie’s future.”
Under the Wolf Administration, the commonwealth has invested more than $180 million into the city of Erie and the surrounding region. That investment has spanned several sectors, from community revitalization projects, to business expansions, to infrastructure improvements, to new and renovated green space. It also includes the transformational Bayfront Parkway project, which will connect neighborhoods to one of Erie’s greatest assets, the waterfront. In late 2017, Governor Wolf announced $30 million in funding to get the project started.
Secretary Davin also highlighted the recently approved $13.5 million in grant funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) across eight projects in the city of Erie. Those projects include:
- Athletic and Academic Facility Renovations for Mercyhurst University – $500,000 – Mercyhurst University plans to significantly renovate the athletic center that is home to four indoor varsity sports. The renovations combine safety measures with aesthetic and functional improvements. Playing surfaces, lighting, support spaces, and spectator viewing areas will be addressed. Renovations include three classrooms used by Athletic Training and Sports Medicine programs in the space adjacent to the athletic center.
- Bayfront Place Market House – $1,500,000 – The 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 project is designed 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 can also accommodate a farmers market, seasonal retailers, performers, and the general public.
- EHCA New Community Homes – $1,000,000 – EHCA is in the process of building four units for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each facility will offer long-term care for six individuals. Staffing includes a 24-hour registered nurse or licensed practical nurse, a program specialist, a facility manager, and direct support staff. It also includes physical, speech, and behavioral specialists, and a nutritionist.
- Flagship City Development – $2,500,000 – Flagship City Development will revitalize two blighted buildings in downtown Erie. In alignment with the Erie Refocused plan, the Erie Downtown Development Corporation will transform the vacant spaces into a marketplace and food hall, with plans for a co-working fitness studio to encourage healthy lifestyles downtown.
- Gannon University, Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge (I-HACK) – $2,000,000 – This project plans to renovate a six-story, 99,784-square-foot 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.
- Renaissance Centre Renovations – $1,000,000 – 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 the building to ensure ongoing viability, retain its existing business population, and to attract additional businesses to the building and downtown Erie.
- Saint Vincent Hospital Expansion – $2,000,000 – The new facility, which will allow the former emergency room area to be renovated, will add 36 patient bays, which will be used as a 23-hour short stay patient observation wing.
- UPMC Park Upgrades II – $3,000,000 – The project will include a new structure that will be uniquely integrated into the ballpark and arena. Similar spaces will be created on the second floor, which will connect at the arena concourse level, for the hockey team. In addition, a club venue will also be developed on the top floor of the building. The project will also include the renovation of the existing ballpark concession and commissary areas, restrooms, and corporate suites. A group party deck will be constructed and a new scoreboard with video displays will be installed. New streetscapes, street lighting, pedestrian promenades, and a main entrance gate will create enhanced synergy with the arena and adjacent, historic Warner Theatre.
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Casey Smith, DCED, 717.783.1132