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Foxdale Village Plans For Large Expansion Project

on April 05, 2010 11:52 PM

Twenty years since its opening, Foxdale Village is planning an expansion that would add 57 new residential units and other improvements to the State College retirement community.

The community, on a 21-acre property at East Marylyn Avenue and the University Drive Extension, was originally built with 148 townhouses and counts about 250 residents. Now that the baby-boom generation is reaching retirement age, Executive Director Bill James said, Foxdale sees the expansion as a way to serve a new group of retirees and to position itself better for the long term.

He said the planned improvements, outlined before State College Borough Council on Monday night, include new health-care units, a new fitness center, a parking garage and other common spaces. The overall plan will need council approval if it's to move forward; a vote is tentatively scheduled for May 3.

James said Foxdale already has commitments for 40 of the 57 planned new residences, which will be apartments. Overall occupancy at Foxdale could grow to 350 to 375 residents after the expansion, he said. Its workforce could grow by about 50 people, to 250 employees overall.

If council members approve the concept, Foxdale's plans will call for a groundbreaking in August, with construction expected to last two years.

In other news on Monday night, council members agreed to schedule for May 3 public hearings for several proposed ordinances. One would increase to $600 the maximum punishment for public urination. Another would allow fraternity houses to be used as temporary rooming houses, but only at times when fraternity members have suspended operations to reorganize their respective chapters.

A third ordinance would call for additional fines to be imposed on residents whose homes repeatedly host nuisance events, such as loud parties.

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