Some good news for development along Erie's bayfront.
The state Senate has passed legislation that would improve the City Revitalization Improvement Zone, or the CRIZ program.
It would allow more cities to apply for the development tax breaks, and they could apply before 2016.
For Erie, it would specifically benefit Scott Enterprises' multimillion dollar project Harborplace, planned to go up near the library.
"This is a true opportunity for us," said PA Senator Sean Wiley (D.-Erie). "This zone would be right in the heart of downtown Erie. On the bayfront, where there has been so much discussion on how we can develop this last piece of the puzzle in our downtown," Wiley added.
"Getting our legislators and local politicians involved and getting them all working towards one goal is fantastic, you don't always see that happening" said Nick Scott Jr. "So having that happen is great for the project, it's great for Erie," Scott Jr. added.
The bill passed the state Senate this week 43-5, so Wiley points out that it has a lot of bi-partisan support.
The bill still still has to pass the state House, the House is expected to vote on the bill, August 4th.