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Another redevelopment project in downtown Erie is almost ready to get underway. It involves a 120-year-old building on State Street called the PACA Building.
There's a lot of beautiful things happening inside the PACA building, but the outside hasn't been very attractive. The PACA Building is home to 31 artist's studios and it's a showcase for the performing arts. Another theater production scheduled to open on Friday.
It's not a cheap project for PACA, a non-profit organization that stands for Performing Artists Collective Alliance. The new windows cost $107,000. PACA did receive a $45,000 grant from HUD and $25,000 from the Erie Community Foundation.
"It's huge. I can't underestimate the changes that this would do for our building, and for the downtown in general. Nobody wants to go downtown and drive downtown and see a big, huge building with boarded-up windows. We want to glass there. We want the place to look sharp," he said.