(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com)– Time is running out for anyone that wants to make their voice heard on the future of the former Erie Coke site as it faces condemnation.
The Erie Western PA Port Authority and Erie County Redevelopment Authority are seeking the public’s approval and accepting their comments on whether the two organizations should acquire the former Erie Coke property by condemnation on their website until Friday, November 10.
The two organizations entered a historic partnership back in October to investigate the potential acquisition and environmental clean-up of the now vacant property.
The acquisition and clean up of the property would be part of their plans to keep property under local control and decide what’s next for it.
Both residents and activists have raised concerns over the environmental impact of the former plant during past meetings.
The facilities & planning chair says they have heard nothing but positive comments during the hearing. Their goal is to get as many suggestions as they can to help decide if they will move forward with the condemnation process.
“It’s going to take grants and funding from outside the community. People who will provide that funding will want to know that the community is behind the project so without a strong community support, strong community engagement it would be harder to make the case that we deserve the funding from federal and state organizations,” said Dave Uhlig, facilities & planning chair, Erie Port Authority.