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Bellefonte Waterfront Delay

More delays are expected for a long-awaited downtown development project in one Centre County community.

The Bellefonte Waterfront Project has been on the drawing board for four years, but it has actually been in the works since the old Bush House Hotel burned down in 2006.

The project would consist of a hotel, a condominium building, and a parking garage; all located along Spring Creek.

Earlier this year, revised hotel plans included Bellefonte Borough Council approving a height limit change from 65 to 75 feet for a rooftop lounge.

The original projected date for groundbreaking on the waterfront project was in 2020, but since then, it’s been a series of delays in getting construction underway.

Officials say hopes of the work finally beginning this year have again been postponed.

“We did hear from the developer and owner of the property. Due to inflation, volatile markets, and supply chain materials, he’s going to start construction, or look at starting construction, in the spring or summer of 2023.”

The entire waterfront project would cover nearly 25-thousand-square-feet, and is envisioned as a development that would bring more business to downtown Bellefonte.

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