Patton Twp. Development
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A sketch plan for the proposed Patton Crossing commercial and residential development was met with mostly positive feedback at Wednesday night's Patton Township Board of Supervisors meeting. The project was much debated for more than a year after North Atherton Street Associates led by developers Bob Poole, Ara Kervandjian and Heidi Nicholas requested in 2017 rezoning of nearly 30 acres on the site of the former Penn State Mobile Home Park for mixed use. Township supervisors approved in July 2018 a new mixed-use zoning ordinance to be applied to the site. That ordinance requires approval of a site master plan by the township, and the developers chose to first submit the sketch plan to gather further comment from the public and the township. Poole said that after incorporating feedback from the sketch plan, the goal is to complete a traffic study and submit a master plan by September. The sketch plans include 15 buildings � a mix of residential, commercial and a hotel as well as three parking structures, surface parking and a public gathering space. Public entrance and exit would be at North Atherton Street. Park Forest Village residents had expressed concerns about an original concept plan that called for access to and from Park Forest Avenue, but in the new sketch plan, that has become a gated access road only for CATA buses and emergency vehicles. At the front of the property facing North Atherton Street are three commercial one- story commercial building. The 130-room, six story hotel, meanwhile, is moved from the back of the property to near the center. Residents had previously said they were opposed to having a building that tall at the rear of the property adjacent to neighborhood homes. Next to the hotel is a 1-acre public gathering space that could be used to host activities such as festivals. The plan also includes eight four-story buildings with one story of commercial and three of residential each, and two strictly commercial buildings. A plot with two of the mixed-use buildings near the rear of the site would have a courtyard area with the intention of restaurants on the lower level having open-air outdoor seating. That area also would have a landmark feature to be determined.