The development of an eight story hotel with more than 100 rooms and suites was scheduled to begin this October. Those plans are now pushed back, but still in the works.
Scott Enterprises' $150 million Harbor Place development plan along Erie's bayfront is expected to include apartments, condo's, retail spaces, office buildings, a parking garage, and a Hampton Inn & Suites.
They received a $5 million grant from The Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Captial Program to put towards the first part of the project, the hotel.
They began implementing the additional funding into the development plan and design work, but ran into a slow-down with the special foundations that are needed. Instead of pushing the work to start in the winter, Scott Enterprises opted to begin this spring.
"I think with all the projects, including the GAF project and our project, and what Erie Insurance is doing; there's going to be a Renaissance on the bayfront that will really improve the appearance and the appeal of Erie as the Gem City," says Nick Scott, Sr.
Scott says the project is expected to take a year to complete once crews get started. So, right now, the completion date is sometime around spring of 2019.
And on the west bayfront, the former GAF site, now being called, 'Bayfront Place,' is taking the next step to attract developers. Elizabeth D-Aurora, Coordinator of Communications and Client Relations for Erie Events says, "We're working to solicit tenants for those properties and we're hoping we'll be able to announce those, at least one of them, within the very near future."
In addition to the Convention Center, the Sheraton Hotel and the Courtyard Marriott, Erie events has nearly 13 acres along the bayfront up for grabs. "We do have some interest and so we're anxious and ready to get this RFP out there, says D'Aurora, "because it's a beautiful piece of land, so we're hopeful that it can become a success for the entire community."
Bayfront Place will be home to rental and condominium housing, offices, commercial space and more. The group is in the process of developing a request for proposal for the site, which they will then submit to the board for approval. Once approved, they'll be soliciting bids and RFP's from developers.
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