Planning Commission recommends City Council pass Bayfront plans

Erie City Council and other city residents were briefed on two waterfront developments in a public hearing this morning.

The developments include UPMC Hamot's $111 million Patient Tower and the first phase of Scott Enterprise's Harbor Place Project, a $15 million Hampton Inn & Suites and parking lot.  Council and project developers fielded a few questions from the public on hiring minority workers and how many jobs these projects will create.  

Some believe it will be good for the community and see it as an investment.  Gary Horton, President of the NAACP, says, "I believe some sort of community benefit agreement... provide some incentive for the people who live here, invest in our community day in and day out to get some return on their investment".

Some say they look forward to the new jobs the projects would bring.  Ray Moluski, Vice President of Facilities, says, "ere will be the creation of some additional jobs until we open those additional beds we won't know what the number is but we think its an exciting thing to bring these types of jobs."

The Vice President of Scott Enterprises says he thinks he can answer those questions from their side of things.  "The initial phase will employ approximately 65-70 full-time jobs once it is open, including the rooftop bar, restaurant, and lounge so we are real excited plus 100 construction jobs once the project starts".

The Planning Commission did recommend Erie City Council approve both of these projects.


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