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Zoning Meeting to Impact Future of "Harbor Place" Development

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The City of Erie's zoning board is voting on a building height variance request from Scott Enterprises on Tuesday afternoon for the bayfront development plan, "Harbor Place." The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 1pm in City Hall's Bagnoni Chambers.

Scott Enterprises hopes to build two hotels, each at a height of 123 feet and 6 inches. The current zoning regulations only allow commercial buildings to reach 50 feet, but the request for taller buildings is not unusual.

The city has already granted the Erie County Convention Authority two exceptions - one for the Sheraton hotel in 2005, which stands at 110 feet high, and one for the proposed Courtyard by Marriott, which will be 61 feet.

Nick Scott Senior said getting the building heights request approved is "very important" to the future of Harbor Place, which is the 12-acre development plan that would bring hotels, shopping, a restaurant, and living and office space to the space, which now stands empty.

Scott said the building height would reduce the number of buildings needed by allowing construction to move upwards, instead out, which would bring more room for people to walk around and enjoy the space.

The city's zoning department says they want to make sure any decisions made are fair, hence Tuesday's public hearing.

"The reason for the height limitations is that we do not want buildings to obstruct the view of people on top of the bluff. That area affects everybody. We want it developed but we want it in accordance with the zoning ordinance," said Mathew Puz, the City of Erie zoning officer.

Scott Enterprises plans to post a billboard of Harbor Place in the plot of land soon. Meanwhile, more information about the development plans can be found at http://www.erieharborplace.com/.




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