Eagle’s Nest Leadership Corp. to Receive $675,000 in American Rescue Plan Funding
A property off of East 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue will soon see new development.
In a 6-1 vote, Erie City Council approved a resolution to provide the Eagle's Nest Leadership Corporation with $675,000 from the city's share of American Rescue Plan funding.
The money will be used to build an 8,500 square-foot gymnasium on the north end of the Eagle's Nest campus.
Bishop Dwane Brock says it will provide year-round instructional recreation for kids, and could also serve as a permanent home for the Police Athletic League.
“It is a paramount imperative that we have a facility like this,” said Bishop Brock. “We're not trying to put up a Taj Mahal, nothing like that, but a functional, strong building where young people can go on a consistent basis.”
Erie City Councilman Mel Witherspoon---who presented the resolution--says the funding will be used to leverage money from other investors to cover the $1 million price tag.
"It's a good project,” said Witherspoon. “It's a needed project. The kids didn't have anywhere to go.”
Meanwhile, Erie City Councilwoman Jasmine Flores voted against the resolution, stating lack of information.
"Lots and lots of plans sound great in theory, but unless it's actually on paper, this is what we're going to do,” said Flores. “It's just hearsay in my opinion."
By approving the resolution, Flores says council may have set precedence for other organizations seeking American Rescue Plan funding from the city.
“We already have a lot of organization trying to get our ear, and trying to advocate for their interests and what they want to do for the community,” said Flores. “For me, I want to see a history of you working in the community’s best interest before you come asking for money.”
If all goes as planned, the Eagle's Nest hopes to begin construction in the spring.
Bishop Brock hopes to have the gym up and running by the next school year.
This story is supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.