FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2015
State College, PA–
Open House to Consider Goals for Allen Street Redevelopment Plan
State College Borough is currently considering redevelopment opportunities for the 200 block of South Allen Street. This block has been envisioned by the Borough’s downtown plans as a civic and community hub, and previous efforts to relocate the State College Municipal Building and build the Schlow Centre Region Library have been major steps towards the realization of this vision. The Borough will now consider opportunities to expand this hub through a redevelopment planning study, which is under way.
In early 2015, many community entities approached the Borough with requests to use or redevelop the former Verizon Building, located at 224 South Allen Street—a space that is currently leased by Penn State University. Council heard presentations by Discovery Space, Penn Trust Properties, Penn State University’s Invent Penn State initiative, and a newly forming maker space, 3rd
Revolution, on March 16. Leading up to its meeting on May 4, Borough Council discussed these requests, and considered opportunities for potential partnerships and future uses for the property.
Council has directed the Borough’s Planning Commission and Redevelopment Authority to consider opportunities for redevelopment in the 200 block of South Allen Street. Council expressed an interest in preparing a redevelopment plan that will advance partnerships with many community organizations and will achieve community goals stated in adopted Borough plans.
In order to assist with the creation of a redevelopment plan for this block, the Borough is hosting several open houses and special events to collect the input of the community. The first open house will take place on Monday, June 15, 2015 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building Lobby. This open house will provide residents an opportunity to learn more about the redevelopment plan process, and to share ideas on the most important community goals for this project.
Project updates and dates for additional open house events will be shared on the Borough’s website at: http://www.statecollegepa.us/200block
If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with representatives of the Borough of State College, please contact Meagan Tuttle by phone at 814-234-7109 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.