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Public hearing slated for Pine Hall development

by on May 10, 2019 7:32 AM

STATE COLLEGE — Master plans for the large Pine Hall Traditional Town development on the corner of Blue Course Drive and Old Gatesburg Road have been in the works for three years. Ferguson Township has finally planned to hold a public hearing and a vote for approval on the matter June 17.

Plans for the development include multiple housing options, with the goal of preserving as much open space as possible and offering the community a town center with retail, dining and entertainment options.

Commercial space will include 20 commercial or mixed-use buildings, hoping to attract tenants to a 31,000-square-foot entertainment cinema; 54,000-square-foot hotel with 120 rooms and a 3,000-square-foot food service area; as well as a 35,000-square-foot, two-story building space for a grocery store. Plans also include a parking lot, food-service locations and other retail spaces.

The plan also calls for 1,029 dwelling units with 559 of those being single-family homes and 559 being multi-family homes.

Township Manager David Pribulka said the community and planning department provided feedback to the developers throughout the planning process. He said the transportation study for the project was a complex undertaking as the location of the development will impact traffic in different ways. Also of concern was regarding a number of workforce housing units, and the direction of the eco-friendly housing units so they get the most exposure to the sun. The community is concerned with preserving the wooded areas at the site.

If the master plan is approved, the developers will need to submit specific site plans to the township to be reviewed and approved. Pribulka said it is hard to say when actual construction on the site would begin if approved, but he would expect it to move along quickly as the plans have been underway for quite some time.

The master plan includes three phases, with phase one involving the commercial areas and hotel, along with some of the town homes.

This phase is planned to take 12 months to complete.

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Vincent Corso is writer for Town&Gown and the Centre County Gazette.
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