Just stumbled across this thread, glad to see there is interest in State College.
Thought I would update with a couple projects that cropped up recently.
First there is the RISE development. This is the result of the so-called "collegiate overlay" which relaxed certain zoning restrictions on the eastern end of College Ave. This is on the former site of Kildare's Pub which - if I recall correctly) was formerly the Hooters (for you older folks).
12 floors, ground floor retail, and a pretty slick design.
Hopefully this will add a little life to that end of town which tends to be pretty bleak. At the very least it will provide a better gateway into town coming from the west.
More details: http://www.statecollegepa.us/AgendaC.../11192015-1004
There is also the new Hillel (Jewish student organization) student center. This site is at the intersection of Beaver and Garner - directly adjacent to the public parking lot. This project was first conceived in 2011 but ran into trouble because Graham Spanier was one of the major organizers. Things are finally moving forward - they have demolished the small bank that was formerly on the site and should be starting construction soon if they have not already.
Old design (sadly much better):
The Fraser Centre is nearly complete and even though the design is not the best, the urban feel it brings to that part of town is incredible. It will house an urban format Target, H&M, and a Federal Taphouse when complete in November (?).
On campus, there are major renovations underway in East, Pollock, and North residence halls, a new Chemical Engineering building to replace Fenske Lab, and countless other small projects and renovations.
As a side note, for those interested, the State College Planning Commission and Design Review Board are very diligent about uploading their agendas and presentations which can be found here: