Erie City Council today unanimously approved a resolution supporting the city's application to land a state designation that could spur bayfront development.
It is the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone or CRIZ program. The new program allows certain state tax revenues to be used to fund infrastructure improvements .
Local developer Nick Scott says the program would be a big boost for his $150 million Harbor Place plan. The tax abatement could also help the GAF development and the Erie Port Authority's proposed McAllister Plan for East Dobbins Landing.
City Councilman Bob Merski said, "So we have a variety of projects on the bayfront that could really transform the bayfront and the good thing about this is, if we get the CRIZ, all the tax money stays here in Erie."
The state is expected to choose 2 cities for the first round of the program.