420 Parade Street Erie Pa 16507 | 814 456-7062
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October 2017

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B.E.S.T. Neighborhood Projects

New Home Construction:

 

B.E.S.T started a new home construction program to attract potential homeowners to the East Bayfront area. Since 2004, B.E.S.T has awarded grants totaling $450,000 to twenty-one first time homeowners. Local banks have invested more than $1.6 million in mortgage loans on these homes. B.E.S.T has built twenty new homes for first time home-buyers to date.

 

Affordable Rental Housing:

 

Developing good-quality, affordable rental housing is part of B.E.S.T’s overall plan to improve and diversify neighborhood housing options. Currently, our company owns five buildings with a total of 10 affordable rental units.  Units range from one bedroom options to single family units.  View all rental options on our neighborhood map, and call BEST to inquire about availability.    

 

Commercial Development:

 

Seven years of hard work finally paid off with the opening of Orsini’s market at E. 3rd & Parade Street. The market offers fresh produce and meats, deli products, ready-to-eat sandwiches, salads and hot foods, dairy, baked goods and a full line of grocery products. Residents can pre-order produce and meats for pick-up the next day.

 

Home Repair:

 

BEST’s Home Chore Program is a partnership between First Ward District Judge Sue Mack, the City of Erie Code Enforcement Office and Erie County Adult Probation Community Service Program. The program offers home repair assistance to low income, disabled and older homeowners. Repairs can range from painting the trim on a home to replacing a porch or roof.


Home Maintenance:

 

We work with the City of Erie and East Bayfront Watch to enforce city housing codes and keep city-owned parks maintained and safe for families.  In 2013 we offered a free home repair class to neighbors, teachign them skills for doing their own home repairs-- we anticipate another class in 2015.    

 

Facade Improvements:

 

In 2004, B.E.S.T received an Elm Street grant for existing homeowners resulting in over $100,000 in facade improvements.

 

Acquisition and Demolition of Blighted Properties:

 

B.E.S.T sets aside funds each year to acquire and demolish abandoned and blighted properties. The vacant lots are used for green space at first and later for new home construction. To date, B.E.S.T and its partners have removed over thirty blighted properties from the neighborhood.  In the sumer of 2013 the first community garden in the neighborhood was developed on one of these lots at the corner of 4th and Parade Street, plans are underway for a second garden at 3rd and Parade Street.  

 

Sustainable Revitalization:

 

Comprehensive neighborhood-wide planning is used to create a framework for continued revitalization and encourage private-sector investment.

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