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Second crane placed at Metropolitan construction site

A second crane is added to the Metropolitan construction site, closing West College Avenue between South Atherton and Barnard streets.
A second crane is added to the Metropolitan construction site, closing West College Avenue between South Atherton and Barnard streets. CDT photo

Construction on The Metropolitan in downtown State College will begin soon, but a second crane needs to be put together on-site first.

West College Avenue between South Atherton and Barnard streets was closed Tuesday, and PennTrust Properties spokesman Vinh Vuong said the road was expected to reopen to traffic Thursday afternoon.

These types of road closures, Vuong said, could occur while moving equipment in and out of the site during construction.

The 12-story, 146-foot-tall building is expected to open in the summer of 2016. It will include first-floor retail space, office space on the second and 12th floor, seven floors of student, graduate and international housing and three floors of housing for graduates and professionals.

Developers have dug deep for several months for underground parking and to build the foundation. The project will go vertical later this year.

“Our vision of creating a true mixed-use building is about to come to life, and we’re very excited about it,” developers said in a statement. “We believe it will be an economic benefit to our community and a new downtown landmark.”

Property Management Inc. and Trombley Real Estate will manage the residential and commercial leasing of The Metropolitan, and a website has been created to provide updates on the project.

Plans also include a four-story building at 1311 S. Atherton St. that will have a ground floor of commercial space beneath three stories of two-bedroom apartments. The proposal calls for 12 apartments.

The building was designed as part of a zoning ordinance requirement in which 10 percent of a housing project must be designated for affordable housing. Developer Ara Kervandjian had the option of creating the housing off-site rather than as part of The Metropolitan.

Vuong said construction for the additional building will begin in April. He would not comment on the cost of the project or whether the harsh winter had delayed the construction schedule.

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