Cornplanter Square work keeps moving ahead

Renovations to Oil City’s Cornplanter Square building, the former Mellon Bank building, are continuing with selective demolition and abatement completed on the first and second floors and now in progress on the third floor.

The Venango County Economic Development Authority voted this week to extend its contract with the project manager Imperial Construction through September.

Authority director Emily Lewis said the original contract carried the agreement through the pre-construction phase of the project, and the extension carries it through the construction phase.

The renovations are being performed to repurpose the building to house a brew pub on the first and second floors, with the remaining floors being used as a business incubator.

In other business this week, the authority board voted to create an Entrepreneurial Academy advisory board that will consist of representatives from participating school districts and industry representatives.

Members will be appointed by the authority board, Lewis said.

The eAcademy program is set to launch in fall 2019 and may include up to 25 high school seniors. Students will meet at Montgomery Hall at Clarion University’s Venango campus from 12:15 to 2:45 p.m. each Monday through Thursday.

“We’re still soliciting students who will be in their senior year who are interested in participating in the program,” Lewis said.

Interested students can speak with their teacher, principal or guidance counselor, Lewis said.