The former Erie General Tire building at 121 W. 12th, which became the canvas 18 months ago for a public art project, will soon have a new look and a new purpose.
The former tire business, a fixture in downtown Erie for more than 50 years, closed its doors on June 16, 2017, when the building was sold to Erie businessman Pete Zaphiris, owner of Great Lakes Insurance Co.
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Now, Life-Northwestern Pennsylvania — which helps senior citizens remain in their own homes — plans to build a new clinic and administrative offices on the site.
Zaphiris, who will continue to own the building, said the 10,000-square-foot structure will be extensively renovated and expanded to about 13,000 square feet.
“It will be totally redone,” Zaphiris said. “The whole building won’t look anything like it does today. The entire building will be brick and limestone. Where the garage doors are now will be closed in.”
Zaphiris didn’t have an estimate of the project’s cost but said it would be more than $1 million.
Life-NWPA said it will continue to operate from its current location at 149 W. 22nd St. until the new location is finished, probably by Thanksgiving.
The agency provides a wide range of services, most of them free to clients, including skilled care and in-home nursing, wound care, on-call nursing, and therapy, according…