Bits of business: Builder puts finishing touches on housing project

Highwoods at Toftrees apartments is under construction and is expected to be complete by summer.
Highwoods at Toftrees apartments is under construction and is expected to be complete by summer.

The Forino Co. is expected to complete the Highwoods at Toftrees this summer.

The latest addition to the Toftrees Apartment community, owned by Berger Rental Communities, will feature 96 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes.

The company thinks there is a growing demand for professional housing “in a town where student living is the standard.”

“We have found great success with our student housing communities in State College, so we’re focused on expanding that success to accommodate professionals, graduate students and even Penn State alumni who often return to the area,” Berger Regional Property Manager Katherine Smith said.

The development includes “high-end” kitchen and baths, media connectivity and indoor and outdoor social spaces. The community is smoke-free and will come with access to a newly built clubhouse.

“Our approach is to create housing that will appeal to modern-day renters, so we listened to what our residents had to say and delivered,” Berger President Dan Berger said.

Highwoods at Toftrees is along Toftrees Avenue near Interstate 99.

Hey, Doc

Penn State’s College of Medicine partnered with the Tyrone Regional Health Network to offer a free, student-run clinic.

LionCare Tyrone opened March 5 and will offer services on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clinic will be open to people 18 and older regardless of insurance status.

The clinic is located at 221 Hospital Drive, Suite 1, which is the location of the Tyrone Hospital Rural Health Center.

The student-run clinic will offer treatment of cold and flu symptoms, physicals required for work or a driver’s license application, blood pressure checks and treatment of mental health needs. Students will be under the supervision of two physicians.

Tech ranks

CompTIA, a nonprofit tech association, released its 2016 Cyberstates report, which includes state-by-state analysis of the U.S. technology job market.

The report finds that Pennsylvania ranks 18th in tech industry employment in the country.

According to the report, the tech industry in Pennsylvania employed 228,764 workers in 2015 who earned an annual average salary of $92,179 — 82 percent higher than the average private sector wage in the state.

The report also states that 6.6 percent of the state’s economy is from the tech industry, which added about 1,400 jobs in 2015 and had about a $21.1 billion payroll.

Allergy season

Watery eyes, stuffy noses and sore throats may make an early comeback across the whole of the eastern United States, according to AccuWeather.

The State College-based weather company attributes a premature arrival of allergy season to a “combination of the mild winter weather in the East and an early March warmup,” which would allow trees to pollinate earlier than usual.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has reported high concentrations of tree pollen in Southern cities such as Charlotte, N. C., and Birmingham, Ala.

Occasional wet weather in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, however, may lessen pollen counts.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli