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Demolition Underway at Former Arby's Site to Make Room for Metropolitan Building

by on June 02, 2014 1:57 PM

Crews began demolition Monday at the site of the former Arby's restaurant in downtown State College to make room for a multi-use building that will include businesses and housing.

The future site of The Metropolitan at West College Avenue and South Atherton Street was buzzing with a demolition crew Monday afternoon.

Developer Ara Kervandjian hopes to have another building in its place by the fall of 2016 – and not just any building, but a 12-story structure that will alter the look of downtown.

"We think it's a gateway to State College," says Kervandjian. "We think the building is going to become a new entry way into the downtown and I think the retail component will hopefully boost the downtown business economy and attract other similar projects in the future."

The Metropolitan is expected to include three levels of underground parking, one level of retail and restaurant space, one level of office space, seven floors of student housing and two and a half floors of general occupancy housing.

Kervandjian says it is too early to say which businesses would move into the property.

You can watch video of the demolition job below:


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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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