The Centre Foundation submitted a proposal to the State College Borough Council to turn a portion of South Allen Street into a pedestrian plaza.
“I think anything that…shows a little bit of creativity and…changes the environment a little bit as far as retailing goes would be positive,” Connections owner Bob Steinbach said.
The plaza would open up after Memorial Day and last almost six weeks until Arts Fest. It would include seating, a play area for kids and a stage for concerts.
The Centre Foundation said it’s working with the businesses along the road to accommodate deliveries.
While Steinbach looks forward to the potential change, he says others have concerns.
“I do think there are concerns by some business people losing parking and I understand that. Although, there are plenty of spaces in the garages and other streets. And then there are some concerns of restaurants and grocery stores that get deliveries. That’s an issue that has to be dealt with.”
The owner of Woodrings Floral Gardens said the closure would be detrimental to his business.
Council is tentatively scheduled to look at the proposal May 21.