Harbor Place gets millions in state funding

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 A five million dollar investment gets the ball rolling for the Harbor Place project on Erie’s Bayfront.

The same state program that is funding the renovation of Family First Sports Park is now also pumping millions of dollars into Scott Enterprises’s Harbor Place project.

It’s a $150,000 project that’s expected to bring much needed additional tax revenue into the city.

The 12 acres of land along the Bayfront have been vacant for the last 18-years, but you’ll soon see hotels, restaurants, apartments, shops and entertainment. Within the next year, Scott Enterprises hopes to begin building.

Nick Scott Jr says phase one is corporate offices, a parking garage and a hotel. Part of that is also a connector to the UPMC Hamot campus. He says entire project is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to Erie, both full and part time.

Between that and more tax money, Scott calls it a victory for Erie.

“This money being awarded to the City of Erie and this project is an affirmation that the state is in this project and believes in Erie. It’s a testament to the hard work of the delegation as well,” Scott says.

Scott says now that the money is secured, he will get his team together and work on the next steps.

“We think this private investment will create more private investment. So, that’s additional tax revenue for the community, a place where people can be proud of and enjoy with their families. And it’s a tourist attraction for other people to come in and spend money in our community and our market and create jobs and economic development,” Scott says.

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