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A rendering of what Core Spaces hopes its proposed apartment building will look like at 240 S. Pugh St. The building would replace the Days Inn and other businesses, with construction scheduled to begin next September.

Plans publicly submitted by Core Spaces

A new six-story, 172-unit apartment building could arrive on Pugh Street at State College – and the proposed plan could force long-running Happy Valley hotspot Mad Mex to relocate or shut down for good.

Based on a public presentation given Tuesday by Chicago-based developer Core Spaces, the current plan involves the demolition of all buildings at 240 S. Pugh St. – which includes the Days Inn by Wyndham Penn State, Mad Mex and Brewsky’s Bottle Shop. Construction of the proposed student accommodation would begin next September and no commercial space is planned for the new building.

It’s unclear when Mad Mex bar / restaurant might be forced to close under the proposed plan, or if it might choose to move. A spokesperson for Mad Mex’s parent company hinted that it was too early to tell, as the plan presented to the State College’s Design Review Board on Tuesday still has to undergo several reviews and revisions before it can go ahead. be officially approved.

“We really don’t have anything to say publicly because it’s preliminary,” said Bill Fuller, spokesperson for the large restaurant group Burrito. “We love being part of State College and have been part of State College for 20 years now. And, hopefully, we can stay there.

The proposed apartment building, which will contain around 500 beds and range from studios to five-bedroom apartments, will be 65 feet tall with a fitness center and rooftop pool deck. Although the proposed apartment building is extremely tall, wider than 200 feet in some places, the building will be designed to resemble several structures.

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An aerial rendering of what Core Spaces hopes its proposed apartment building will look like at 240 S. Pugh St. The building would replace the Days Inn and other businesses, with construction scheduled to begin next September. Plans publicly submitted by Core Spaces

In other words, the hinged building will have a scooped open space, a mural should be painted on part of the structure, and Core Spaces intends to make the large building comfortable and welcoming as opposed to oversized and cold. More than 200 parking spaces will also be available in the basement for tenants. (The current parking structure at the Days Inn would also be demolished.)

“We didn’t just want it to read like one long, huge building,” said Jeff Zelisko, the architect who designed the project. “We wanted him to read a series of compatible contextual buildings.”

Core Spaces did not immediately respond to a message from CDT requesting rent estimates for the units in the building.

The real estate developer has been busy in Happy Valley for the past several years. In October 2019, it purchased five downtown apartment buildings and, among other projects, construction of a 12-story apartment building will begin soon in the 400 block of East College Avenue.

Based on the proposed timeline for this project, the final land use plan would be submitted before the new year. The building permit would be filed by next June, and construction would begin in September and end in June 2024.

Core Spaces does not yet own the aforementioned property, but it is not uncommon for developers to submit such plans when real estate discussions are ongoing, as long as they receive the owner’s agreement. A spokesperson for the owner in this case, Center Hotel Associates Ltd., did not return a message from CDT seeking comment.

The State College design review board voted on Tuesday to advance the preliminary plan for Core Spaces to the borough planning committee. This committee is to hear Core Spaces publicly at its meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Josh Moyer received his BA in Journalism from Penn State and his MS from Columbia. He has been involved in sports and news writing for almost 20 years. He’s got the best athlete he’s ever seen like Tecmo’s Super Bowl Bo Jackson.


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