County Council Report Suggests Conducting Study Before Deciding Pleasant Ridge Fate
The committee is recommending a "master study” be conducted to determine the current and future needs of county government buildings before they address the pleasant ridge building, which has been vacant since 2015
(ERIE P.A. - WICU/WSEE/CW) – A three-member Erie County Council subcommittee has made a recommendation on the Pleasant Ridge Manor East building,
The committee is recommending a "master study” be conducted to determine the current and future needs of county government buildings, before they address the pleasant ridge building, which has been vacant since 2015.
"We need to know where we are before we can know where we're going." Erie County Councilman Carl Anderson said
Anderson was on the subcommittee, which spent three months extensively researching the location, and the possible options surrounding it.
The committee released its report during a county council meeting Tuesday night.
The report offered up some strategies for the site, which includes a complete or partial demolition, to renovation for county offices, or storage use.
"We own it, we control it." Anderson said
But not everyone is on board with a study, Erie County Director of Administration Gary Lee told council a study would be a waste of time, since the report’s findings were “nothing new.”
"We cannot afford to ask the taxpayer to burden any longer.” said Lee
As the building continues to sit, taxpayers pay between $45,000 and $60,000 annually for maintenance.
Lee continues to vouch for the building to be demolished, and the 14.2-acre property it sits on, to be sold.
"We have to utilize that money properly, that's what we've been giving the authority to do." said Lee
But Anderson believes the property is the greatest value the location holds, and selling it would not be feasible.
According to Erie County Council Chairman, Fiore Leone, the study is merely just a recommendation and will be sitting down to discuss where to go next, very soon.