It’s never been easy doing business in Old Town Erie, given the sleepy little area doesn’t have a critical mass of residents that flock to its cafes, shops and restaurants. Even so, it’s expensive to open a business downtown if you need to make changes to the building. The city’s impact fees that pay for town infrastructure dwarf those charged by surrounding towns. There are many who think the price of doing business here is a deterrent. The town will now study offsetting the fees for businesses in the historic downtown.
What’s Next: Trustees will discuss this in October, and it sounds like they understand the importance of keeping Old Town business costs low.