State College

Harsh winter cited in Metropolitan project delay

Construction at the Metropolitan on the corner of College Avenue and Atherton Street on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
Construction at the Metropolitan on the corner of College Avenue and Atherton Street on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. CDT photo

The Metropolitan project timeline has been pushed back a year.

The 12-story, 146-foot-tall building was scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2016 at the corner of West College Avenue and South Atherton Street. The mixed-use building, however, has been rescheduled as a finished product by July 2017.

According to a press release, the delay is a result of the harsh winter that “hampered” construction timelines.

“We’ve revised the delivery date to 2017,” PennTrust Properties spokesman Vinh Vuong said in an email. “​The Metropolitan will remain the first mixed-use building of its kind in our area and deliver quality amenities to both State College residents and Penn State students.”

Construction, he said, is ongoing.

The press release also said the delay will allow for design changes to the building.

Plans for the building include first-floor retail space, office space on the second and 12th floors, seven floors of student, graduate and international housing and designated floors of housing for graduates and professionals.

It is unclear if design changes could affect uses of the building’s floors.

“We, like the community, are very excited for this project, but want to ensure it is completed properly,” Vuong said. “By revising the delivery date, it will allow for additional design changes and enhancements too.”

Developers dug deep in the winter to build underground parking and the foundation. Construction on the garage and foundation began this spring.

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 to create the housing off-site rather than as part of The Metropolitan.

State College borough Manager Tom Fountaine said he was unaware of the delay.