A historic Erie building is now officially set to be demolished.
The Erie Western Pennsylvania Port Authority awards the contract for demolition of the McAllister Building on the Bayfront. Pro Quality Land Development out of Campbell, Ohio, will be completing the job for just under $140,000.
The Port Authority Director says they’ve tried to find a use for the building since 1995, but the cost to refurbish would be more than the cost to demolish.
Brenda Sandberg of the Port Authority says, “We’re hoping that with the demolition that we will make this site ready for future development. This has been a hindrance for us to find a developer and we’re looking for an individual that will develop in compliance with our master plan.”
But, not everyone is on board with the decision. Erie City Councilwoman Liz Allen says there wasn’t enough public input. “There’s very little left on the Bayfront. That tells us what Erie’s history was and every consultant who has come in here to talk about revitalizing Erie or, you know, fixing up the waterfront, getting tourists here, appealing to locals, says that people want visit and live in a place that preserves its sense of place.”
The demolition is expected to wrap up by late March.