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Tower crane going in today.

http://www.lsfiore.com/content/rise
Wow, I knew Kildares was going out, but it looks like the Colony apartment building was razed also.

Here's a pic I took of the site back in July:

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The Metropolitan (3/20/17)

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The Metropolitan on 5/8/17:

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I got a couple of pics yesterday of a couple of projects downtown.

First is the Rise tower on the east end. Not great pics, but at least it's underway:








Next is the Metropolitan:

from the south





from the north




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Across from Penn Tower

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Was in State College last weekend and drove by the Metropolitan site. The envelope isn't quite complete and lots of steel beams showing inside. Checked their FB page out of curiosity and they are still telling residents about move in on Aug 1x. That's six weeks out. While I don't know a ton about tower construction, doesn't finish work still take several months? Wonder what they'll do if 500+ students can't move in before classes start and have to house somewhere during football weekends. Glad that ain't my problem!
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Was in State College last weekend and drove by the Metropolitan site. The envelope isn't quite complete and lots of steel beams showing inside. Checked their FB page out of curiosity and they are still telling residents about move in on Aug 1x. That's six weeks out. While I don't know a ton about tower construction, doesn't finish work still take several months? Wonder what they'll do if 500+ students can't move in before classes start and have to house somewhere during football weekends. Glad that ain't my problem!
Something similar happened at the University of Pittsburgh. They had to put up students in hotels until the building was complete. State College does not have nearly enough hotel capacity for that, though. Should be interesting.
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The Residences at College and Atherton - the huge proposal at College and Atherton - has been given conditional zoning approval by borough council. Interesting conditions include:

-a mid-block crossing, allowing pedestrian to cross through/under the building from College to Calder Alley.

-Design modifications, including setbacks, to reduce the "monolithic" look of the initial design.

among a few other rather standard things.

Both of these conditions seem both fair and necessary for the site.

http://www.statecollegepa.us/AgendaC...86?fileID=4783
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Found a camera online for the Rise tower:

https://app.oxblue.com/open/cav/pennstate

Hope it works.
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The latest design review board agenda show plans to renovate and expand the football stadium at Memorial Field.

I have always really enjoyed the placement of the stadium - a part of town rather than separate from it (as high schools and their stadiums often are). At the very least, it is unique in that regard.

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^ Great to see the old place get a makeover. That's where my brother played his high school football.


Here's a couple of pics of the Metropolitan. While there is still work going on, there are occupied apartments in the building. I saw dozens of lights on in various areas the evening I drove into town late Monday (8/21), and the next morning I saw students exiting the building and heading to campus.



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Here's a couple of pics of the Metropolitan. While there is still work going on, there are occupied apartments in the building. I saw dozens of lights on in various areas the evening I drove into town late Monday (8/21), and the next morning I saw students exiting the building and heading to campus.
Nice looking project overall. Apparently they got done just in the nick of time. There have been some stories running in student publications that move-in was an unorganized disaster - but that is to be expected when everybody is moving in at the exact same time.

They will continue working on the ground floor retail. No word yet (as far as I know) about what tenant will go there.
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Yet another new proposal for downtown State College - this time at the site of the former CVS on Beaver. 55 units and ground floor retail.





More info in the planning documents

http://pa-statecollege3.civicplus.co...61?fileID=4931
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^ Wow, State College is getting taller and denser downtown and this proposal reinforces that. Thanks for the info Urbana.
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I did a little snooping on website of the architects of the Residences at College and Atherton project and came across new renderings. They appear to satisfy the borough council's conditional approval - being a bit shorter than originally proposed and having a vehicle/pedestrian throughway mid-building.










Obviously the design in much improved from the very preliminary designs we have seen thus far - pretty great by downtown State College standards with some interesting materiality. Not to mention the density. It is honestly hard to believe I am looking at State College in that last rendering.


http://www.cube3studio.com/portfolio_page/penn-state/#
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Is this proposal for the northwest corner of Atherton and College? or the southeast corner? If it is for the northwest corner, I will be glad to see that Sunoco give way to a development of this scale and density.

Edit: Disregard that question. I checked on street view and this proposal is for the southeast corner. The Sunoco lives
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Is this proposal for the northwest corner of Atherton and College? or the southeast corner? If it is for the northwest corner, I will be glad to see that Sunoco give way to a development of this scale and density.

Edit: Disregard that question. I checked on street view and this proposal is for the southeast corner. The Sunoco lives
Indeed. The west stretch of Atherton between the IST bridge and College Ave is one of the most tragically underutilized parts of town.

Unfortunately, Atherton functions like a highway in that stretch making it sort of undesirable for students-focussed development.
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I like the new design, but man is that a big structure. Thanks for the info/renderings Urbana.
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The Sunoco lives
Nothing like a gas station or parking lot to make you fully aware that you've left 'town'.


Also, while we are at it, can we get rid of this?


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Ha, Little Szechuan, which is located in that small commercial strip, is a favorite haunt of mine. Whenever I am in town it is a mandatory stop....not that my friends complain. I do agree that the lot is primed for a four to eight story multi-use development.

On another note, are there any rumblings of moving the inter-city bus station currently located on North Atherton?
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