Toll Brothers, which plans to build luxury student housing along Whitehall Road despite the legitimate concerns of a growing number of residents, portrayed itself in a recent CDT story as a wonderful neighbor, stating, “At the end of the day, what we do is build communities.”
In reality, if Toll Brothers did such a great job building homes as it does misleading the public, it might actually be the decent neighbor it claims to be. Unfortunately, in being forced to pay nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for hundreds of alleged violations in 23 states, it has proven to be anything but a good neighbor.
In fact, it isn’t a neighbor at all. It is actually a national firm, the largest luxury homebuilder in the U.S., with no particular loyalty to the Centre Region community it seems so eager to serve.
Even more troubling is the fact that the 40-plus acres Toll Brothers plans to develop would only be the first domino of several to fall, a total of more than 500 acres of beautiful farmland. As such, this proposed development would set a dangerous precedent that would further put the State College water supply at risk.
If you like neighbors who might pollute your water and stick around for a long time, bake a batch of cookies for Toll Brothers and warmly welcome it to the neighborhood. If not, kindly ask it to leave by joining with the Nittany Valley Water Coalition in opposition to this misguided project.
Andy McKinnon, Pennsylvania Furnace