(pop. 42k, metro pop. 154k) is located in Central Pennsylvania - 2 1/2 hours northeast of Pittsburgh - and is home to Penn State University
. Nestled in the ridge-and-valley region of Pennsylvania, State College is a rapidly growing metro featuring an extremely densely populated and urbanized downtown.
The Metropolitan will be a mostly residential tower at the intersection of S. Atherton and W. College. An Arby's formerly sat at the site for over four decades.
Along with the proposed Fraser Centre (155 ft), The Metropolitan will be one of two new buildings to surpass State College's current tallest building Penn Tower (120 ft).
The Metropolitan Facts & Stats:
According to design plans, the first and second floors, designated for retail and commerical space, will have large glass windows. There will be an open courtyard on the third floor of the building. The next seven floors will be for student housing, with non-student housing planned for the next two floors. The 12th floor will host non-student housing and event space. The building will also have a multi-level internal parking garage.
Structural Height: 146 ft
Sq. Footage: 206k
Location: S. Atherton and W. College - Downtown State College, PA
Purpose: Mixed Use
Projected Construction Start: ?
Construction timeline: ?
Developer: Ara Kervandjian
Article from February 2013:
Downtown State College projects looking up
By Matt Carroll
February 9, 2014
There’s rarefied air at the top of the Penn Tower building on East Beaver Avenue.
Standing on the roof of the 120-foot student apartment complex, long the tallest building in town, you would be looking down on the rest of State College.
But the view soon could change.
Two separate groups of developers received Borough Council approval in 2013 to push ahead with big plans. And as a result, two giant buildings, relatively speaking, have a clear path to break ground.
The Fraser Centre building, planned for the corner of West Beaver Avenue and South Fraser Street, would stand 155 feet tall. And The Metropolitan, set to be built at the intersection of South Atherton Street and West College Avenue, would rise 146 feet.