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Project not underway until wall is built
By: WJAC Web Staff
BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- A multimillion-dollar project in Centre County is awaiting approval by state agencies.
The Bust House Hotel burned down almost eight years ago and there still is a vacant space that is prime real estate.
Before any plans get approved, a flood wall is imperative in the Bellefonte location due to the large construction cost of the building.
The Waterfront District is to stretch along Spring Creek, which is a flood plain so a flood wall is imperative before finalizing the submission plans to the Department of Environmental Protection.
Probably a couple million dollars, we hope to have them approved late this summer, said Bellefonte Borough Manager Ralph Stewart.
The wall construction is to only take a year. The district proposal includes a new hotel along with apartment buildings and when the wall is completed the borough plans to sell the land to a private group so development can begin.
Two developers are interested in the Waterfront District Project with one of them reportedly proposing an affordable housing project at the site of the former Garman Theatre and Hotel Do De.