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State College Borough Council and School Board to Talk Memorial Field

by on October 08, 2012 6:00 AM

Already in need of repairs, a sinkhole under the property forced State College Area School District officials to shut down the east bleachers of Memorial Field indefinitely last week. 

Options will be discussed by the school board at its regular meeting on Monday night. The State College Borough Council had also scheduled a presentation on Memorial Field for Monday night's work session as well.

After the school board of directors approved an architectural firm for the district's upcoming projects at the Sept. 10 meeting, Ed Poprik, director of the Office of Physical Plant, said the next step would be to bring a proposal before the board sometime in fall to be considered "phase one" of the entire project, covering some of the fundamental and essential changes Memorial Field needs, such as renovating the east bleachers, which have since been cordoned off, field surface replacement and storm water mitigation.

Now, Poprik is going to propose several potential options for renovating Memorial Field on Monday night. These options include repairs, such as moving the east bleachers, to creating a new "Master Plan" for the field, moving the stadium to a new site and considering a sale of the property and redirecting water so it can't flow into the sinkhole.

In September, the board said officials would brief borough council on necessary updates needed for Memorial Field. Now, the focus will be on the sinkhole, despite the need for locker room renovation and other upgrades. 

According to council's agenda for the work session on Monday, the public works director and borough engineer met with Poprik on Tuesday, along with engineers, architects and a hydrogeologist working on the Memorial Field project.

The Board of Directors, as well as Borough Council, will hear an update from the engineers, architects and the hydrogeologist on Monday night.

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