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Borough Council Approves Changes to Fraser Centre Project

by on May 21, 2013 7:25 AM

For the second week in a row, the buzzworthy topic at the borough council meeting was the long put off but possibly soon-to-be-constructed Fraser Centre.  At Monday night's State College Borough Council meeting, council members voted to send a modified plan to the Planning Commission.

The Fraser Centre's developer, Jack Kay, told the council at last week's work session that with financing in place and a national hotel chain ready to sign on, construction on the building could start as soon as November. That's an encouraging sign considering that the lot where the Fraser Centre will stand has been an empty lot for years.

Kay said several changes needed to be made to his original proposal for the project to move forward. Council approved the changes Monday night and sent them to the Planning Commission. 

Those alterations include a 10-foot height increase for the structure and along with off-site parking for patrons and residents. The parking will be made possible through renewable leases. 

Kay was forced to redesign his structure after Penn State pulled its commitment to rent space in the building and the owners of a proposed movie theater backed out of the project. Now, Kay said a major hotel will take the movie theater's place. The hotel chain has not been identified.

The 250,000 square foot project will also include commercial offices. Kay said last week that he believes the design changes will "help accomplish the objectives set for the project in the first place."

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Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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