ERIE, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police Troop E is outgrowing their current headquarters in Lawrence Park but, thanks to a gift from Harborcreek Township, will be moving to a much bigger location.
Harborcreek Township gave a nearly 14-acre, $500,000 gift to the state police to help build a new headquarters next to the Harborcreek Township building on Buffalo Road.
Troop E, currently in a rented building at 4320 Iroquois Ave., has limited parking and houses its crime lab and troop headquarters in two separate buildings.
The new project will put everything under one roof. The project, which will cost around $14 million, has already been designed after a year of talks with Harborcreek Township officials.
The project is expected to break ground sometime this year and will take another two to three years to complete.
“They will not pay as much rent,” Harborcreek supervisor Joe Peck said. “We just figure it is that important to keep them in Harborcreek.”
Supervisors said the move will benefit the entire county with its central location, giving troopers quick access to Interstate 90.
An historic barn currently sits on the site where the new headquarters is expected to be built. The barn will be moved and not torn down.
“It’s a great location for them, so we are pleased to donate the land,” Peck said. “It’s a win for them and it’s a win for Harborcreek.”