Letters to the Editor

Keep buffer with new development

The proposed Patton Crossing development, planned for the former Penn State Mobile Home Park site, will include an eight-story hotel, grocery store, two parking decks and densely packed commercial and residential buildings, and is certain to add to the almost-constant stream of cars that pass my home on Park Lane every day.

Making matters worse, Patton Township plans to sell to the developer a small area of parkland along Park Forest Avenue so that an entrance/exit to this commercial property can be installed along that residential street, across from Park Forest Village United Methodist Church. If left intact and under township ownership, this wooded township property, known as Northbrook Green, would make an excellent buffer between our residential neighborhood and the planned commercial property. We feel that there would be sufficient access to the new businesses from North Atherton Street with no need to divert commercial traffic onto nearby residential streets.

I will be contacting the Patton Township Supervisors to ask them to not sell Northbrook Green, and will be attending the Board of Supervisors Meeting on Oct. 11, when these matters will discussed.

Lyn Pipenberg, State College

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