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First round of potential College Heights buyer presentations shown to Borough Council
By: Lauren Hensley
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.-- Officials from Penn State have big plans for the College Heights building. They have made an offer to the State College School District for it and said the building would house the university's press office. Penn State has entered into an agreement with the school district; however, the Borough can choose to purchase the land as a right of first refusal.
Monday's meeting began with representatives from the school district explaining the agreement of sale, including the price as well as all other terms and conditions to the proposed sale.
"The school board had some time ago made the decision that this property is not one it wished to use for future purposes," lawyer representing State College School District Scott Etter said.
After last month's meeting got a little heated with one council member saying the school board was moving way to fast, he offered an apology Monday night.
"That opinion was based on a misunderstanding of the laws the school board was bound by and I think they did the right thing by making a deal with the university because of the danger of this property otherwise going to the richest developer," Peter Morris, Borough Council member said.
Still other members believe the school board has not been open-minded when it came to accepting offers.
"I am still concerned because I know at least one if not two interested parties offered to make offers formal offers but were told they could not and they would not be accepted," Theresa Lafer, Borough Council member said.
The next to speak was representatives from Penn State, speaking about the upgrades and improvements they would make to the building to the university's press office. Adding they have no plans to demolish the building.
Finally, representatives from Collaboration of Arts, Social Services & Education, or CASE, spoke about their plan to make the building home to offices for multiple nonprofits.
The next round will be a dialogue with the public. Those interested can make their voices heard at the Borough meeting on May 5.
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