Developers submit proposal for new State College high-rise

State College, Pa. - Developers have submitted the first part of a proposal for another high-rise building along South Garner Street. 


For some people, walking the streets of State College is a lot different than it used to be. 


"I graduated in 1969, school was much different then, much smaller, town was smaller," part-time resident Rose Yudiskas said.


With the amount of development, Yudiskas feels the borough is losing its appeal. 


"It seems to be losing...a little bit of some town atmosphere -- it's charm. Because it's beginning to look like a modern city with the high rises," Yudiskas said.


While some high-rises are under construction, a proposal for another mixed-use one has been submitted to the borough. 


"It's the parking lot essentially between Calder Way and Beaver. That also includes the former bank building lot that's right on the corner of Garner and Beaver. So that would be...a community center and the rest of the development s essentially 13 stories," Planning Director Ed LeClear said.


The company CA Student Living is building “The Rise" on East College Avenue, a 12-story student housing complex. The same company proposed this site on Garner Street. The more than 54,000 square foot building could add an additional 824 beds. 


But the space for these large buildings might be drying up. 


"This lot at Garner is one of the last relatively easy parcels to build in downtown. So we have some of the parcels that have been more under utilized or really don't have much development on them at this point," LeClear said.  


While doesn't Yudiskas agree with all the changes, it won't keep her away. 


"There are more amenities that everyday people use, a lot of them seem to be geared towards who leave after four years...In that I don't think that's something they should be doing but I'm not making those decisions. So out of my hands. but I'll still keep coming," Yudiskas said.


The next step is to take the plans before the Planning Commission and Historic Review Board. 

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