Erie Harbor: How Does it Look?

The controversial Erie Harbor development is almost finished, dramatically changing the northern tip of Mt. Hope Ave and the view across the river from Corn Hill.

It’s certainly an improvement over the previous concrete, drab, prison-like housing project.

The new, $31.4 million complex is bright and colorful. It’s extremely modern, once referred to by neighbors as “George Jetson”-like.

The project also included the renovation and painting of the Hamilton, the high-rise next door. People either love or hate the color scheme. (I love it.)

The city is in the process of making extensive improvements along the waterfront.

But the jury might still be out on the low-rises. They’re a tad institutional and resemble student apartment complexes, such as Park Point. But this was never intended to be a high-end housing project; rather it’s mixed income. We shouldn’t have expected something like Corn Hill Landing and we should appreciate diversity of design.

What do you think of the transformation?

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3 responses to “Erie Harbor: How Does it Look?

  1. Architecturally underwhelming.

  2. Have to agree with my friend Carlos on the architecture.

    But I do appreciate the increased permeability through the site between the river and the neighborhood – when I lived in Ra Cha Cha I used to regularly run the river trails, and the unbroken stretch of the old housing development was not a good section. But aside from how it was for me, it wasn’t good for the residents, either – the wonderful river frontage “behind” the development wasn’t much utilized, because of being shielded from view (so “stuff” would go on there).

    It can be really tough to reverse decades-old bad planning decisions. I have to give great credit to Bob Boyd, SWPC, the developer, the City (and whomever else) for improving the original project plans to this degree.

  3. Meh. I wouldn’t live there, but that is more of a function of really liking where I live right now.

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