Central City Neighborhood Revitalization

In 2004, The Central City Neighborhood Watch, the City of Erie, Erie Redevelopment Authority and Capital Access, Inc. published the Central City Revitalization Strategy. This plan called for a comprehensive approach to positive neighborhood change.

The goals for the project included:

  • Construction of new homes for single-family occupancy
  • Renovation of  vacant or abandoned homes
  • Rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes
  • Sidewalk and street tree replacement
  • Parks improvements

Erie Redevelopment Authority has assembled over 80 properties in this neighborhood and project partners have included the City of Erie, $1.2 million capital improvements and over $1 million in CDBG/Home funds for housing rehabilitation; PA DCED, Elm Street program $275K; PHFA, $1.9 million for new home construction; and PENNDOT $520k for street improvements.

To date, over 20 new homes have been constructed and sold.  ERA has completed a PaDOT-sponsored streetscape improvement on 21st Street from French Street to Parade Street at the cost of $500,000. Several abandoned properties were also acquired and removed as part of the on going effort to remove blight.

Several financial incentives for constructing and purchasing homes in the Central City area are still available to qualified persons - down payment and closing cost assistance, grant funds to subsidize purchases, and LERTA are just some of our programs that are available. Most monthly payments have been comparable to rent payments for our buyers.

Please contact our offices at 870-1540 to obtain additional information on this project.