Convention Center Authority to get $25 million from state to develop new bayfront hotel
A plan to build an additional hotel near the Bayfront Convention Center on Erie's west bayfront is getting a multimillion-dollar boost from state government.Read more
#1 Sep 6, 2013
More empty rooms for 9 months of the year that you'll be subsidizing, forever.
#2 Sep 6, 2013
Just what you could expect from a lib tarrd erie, spend money with NO return.....
#3 Sep 6, 2013
good try, but Roger Richards and The Governor are both Repubs
#4 Sep 7, 2013
Save 55 million.
Cut the existing $250 per room rate in half.
Oh wait, gotta have people show up first.
#5 Sep 7, 2013
The Erie Convention Center cannot support itself.
It's amazing that every few years - the state kicks in a pot of money to keep things going, and (in this case) to expand the operation.
Rendell did it twice and now Corbett has done it....
I guess the future of Erie really is as a theme park.
#6 Sep 7, 2013
Tom Ridge insisted that Erie build the Convention Center.
Roger Richards, Marlene Mosco, Mike McCormick, and Rick Schenker made it happen. Republicans all.
Parking garage overlooking the Bay and a white elephant on the most valuable piece of land on the waterfront.
So who spent tax dollars with no return?
#7 Sep 7, 2013
You have got to be kidding. Without the Erie democrats whom I worship and adore as well as my hero Fast Eddie Rendell, this white elephant would never have seen the light of day.
#8 Sep 7, 2013
You sir have the common opinion of somebody who doesnt know what they are talking about.
#9 Sep 7, 2013
You moron, have the opinion of a total idiot. Prove my factual statements wrong. You typify the problem of our beloved democrat party. We can't fix our own corruption and stupidity. We always blame everyone but us.
#10 Sep 7, 2013
The Erie COUNTY Convention Center Authority made up of COUNTY council appointments led by Republican fundraiser Roger Richards and Tom Ridge lieutenant Marlene Mosco made certain that the convention center was built on the bayfront and that the hotel/motel tax would be a major portion of the funding.
They own that decision.
Then Republican Jane Earll worked a secret deal with taxpayer money to give GAF millions of dollars for a contaminated property and absolved GAF from any liability.
Enter Tom "one and done" Corbett. Money for another hotel.
Ridge and Corbett. Funding the white elephants.
#11 Sep 7, 2013
This person knows what they are talking about. Information easily obtained by simply reading the paper. Not that hard to put this all together folks.
#12 Sep 7, 2013
It could not have been done without the democrat support from a democrat party dominated local government. Rendell was the Governor that signed off on the money not Ridge. Sorry but we democrats are already a sad lot. Lying to hide your complicity just keeps we democrats looking like a party of losers.
#13 Sep 7, 2013
I really don't know why i remain a loyal democrat. I am surrounded by lying idiots.
PA Governor Rendell Helps Dedicate Erie's New Convention Center
Complex to Generate Nearly $50 Million annually, Spur Region's
Four years after
presenting an $8 million check for the Bayfront Convention Center project
here, Governor Rendell today joined hundreds of area officials and
residents to formally dedicate the facility.
"I'm pleased the commonwealth was able to help make this project a
reality," Governor Rendell. "As one of the largest development projects in
Erie's history, this complex serves as a terrific example of what can be
accomplished when local and state officials work together. The nearly $50
million in revenue that will be generated annually by the convention center
is fantastic news not only for Erie, but for the entire state.
"This project is representative of the progress we're seeing in
communities all across Pennsylvania. Our investments are helping to
invigorate our economy and put people to work. Here in Erie, the county's
unemployment rate has experienced a significant drop from 6.7 percent in
January 2003 to 4.4 percent in June and 5,000 more people have jobs."
A critical component of Erie's ongoing redevelopment, the $44 million
convention center is part of the estimated $100 million waterfront
redevelopment project that also includes the nearby Sheraton hotel, parking
facilities and landscaping. The 11-story hotel and 330-space parking lot
are scheduled to be completed by April 2008. The convention center and
hotel are expected to create 405 total jobs.
Strategically located near many of Erie's tourist attractions, the
maritime-inspired Bayfront Convention Center has held 14 events since it
opened earlier this month.
Much of the convention center's 14,000 square feet space can be divided
into separate areas. As northwestern Pennsylvania's largest banquet venue,
the facility's Great Hall can serve more than 2,000 guests or allow for the
setup of 160 booths, while the Grand Ballroom can accommodate banquets for
1,000 or 77 booths. Its Sunset Terrace also offers 8,800 square feet of
outdoor event space on the shore of Lake Erie's Presque Isle Bay.
Plans for the Bayfront Convention Center began more than seven years
ago, when Erie County Council voted to enact a 5 percent hotel tax.
Governor Rendell visited the site in August 2003 to award funding to the
project through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the facility were held in the summer of 2005.
A key milestone in the project occurred in September 2006 when Governor
Rendell released $6.5 million in additional redevelopment assistance
funding to make up for a partial budget shortfall. The state has provided a
total of $51.25 million in funding to the Bayfront Convention Center
Redevelopment assistance grants are a key component of Governor
Rendell's economic stimulus package. The grant program is administered by
the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional
economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects. Since 2003,
there have been 605 redevelopment assistance grants, totaling more than
$1.24 billion, awarded throughout Pennsylvania.
For more information on the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program,
as well as other economic stimulus programs available through the
Department of Community and Economic Development, visit
http://www.NewPA.com or call 1-866-466-3972.
The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public
education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing
economic investment to support our communities and businesses.
#14 Sep 7, 2013
Hmmm...it seems like Devout Democrat is the only one in this thread that knows what the hell he is talking about.
#15 Sep 8, 2013
Convention Center was planned in 2000 with the majority of funding released in 2001 by Tom Ridge. Line item placed in capital budget by Jane Earll.
All while Rendell was mayor of Philly.
#16 Sep 8, 2013
Does anyone think that the new hotel proposal is actually Roger Richard's concession to the idea that Nick Scott was right with his business plan regarding what type of hotel should have been built in the first place? Will this project, if it actually goes forward, make the Sheraton location ripe for 'redevelopment'?
Personality driven decisions seldom, if ever, result in the best course of action.
#17 Sep 8, 2013
Please, no more facts, devout demo cant handle it!
He somehow thinks city council did this. They are the only democratic controlled body in Erie, so he's obviously trying to blame them, and even then they have strings attached.
#19 Sep 8, 2013
Devout, since you are so in tune with reality, tell us, what bank are all these projects financed through?
And then, which lawyer brokers every single transaction?
#20 Sep 8, 2013
The only convention center which ever supported it self & then just barely was the first one off Rte 8 at the thruway . Small? Yes, Stark? Yes!
It was the right size for Erie considering how ass backward the town is & the fact it is dying.
We are doomed as a city, a manufacturing center & never will be a real destination for tourists & convention goers.
We are a dumping ground for refugees from eastern/southern Europe & third world countries.
#21 Sep 8, 2013
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