West Erie Plaza sees new life after years of construction

Crews are expected to have finishing touches complete by the middle of July

June 16, 2017 - ERIE, Pa - Considered an eye sore for years, an area shopping plaza gets a major makeover. 

Crews spent today working on finishing touches. 

"Within the next two weeks we will have all of our benches and the garbage cans and all of that stuff in. We have some kind of unique stuff that have for bike racks and stuff like that ... it's going to look really nice," said Mark Payne, the plaza property manager. 

So nice, a person might not even recognize it's the same West Erie Plaza from years ago, before VCG Properties began construction. 

The attention to detail is what makes the plaza so modern.

From the unique bike racks, to the varying designs of each store front, to the charging stations for electric cars, it seems no stone was left unturned. 

Payne discussed some of his favorite features, "I really do like the arch in the center there. I really do feel like it brings out the beauty of the plaza here."

The green space in the Center Courtyard has numerous electric outlets to charge your phone or work from a laptop... and they're even welcoming acoustic musicians. 

The plaza's tenants say they're already seeing more foot traffic coming through. 

By chance, the sweetest shop in the plaza, Icing on the Lake, was celebrating their 6th anniversary as a business, but they're much happier in their new location. 

"It feels like a family here... really, it's very nice," said Heidi Fette, the bakery's owner.
 
There's still much more to come for the plaza, including a new, additional building, a restaurant, and even a grocery store.
 
"And that's just going to be that much better for icing on the lake"
 
And that much better for the community of Erie.
 
 
 
 

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