Decision blocking housing near PSU campus appealed |

Decision blocking housing near PSU campus appealed

The Fay-Penn Economic Development Council filed an appeal Wednesday of a decision that blocks the group’s attempt to construct student housing next to The Pennsylvania State University’s Fayette Campus in North Union Township.

“We were confused by the ruling of the zoning hearing board and are appealing,” said Fay-Penn President Mike Krajovic.

The property abuts both the campus and a Fay-Penn technology park. The steep parcel is not useful for the nearby park and already is zoned for residential use, Krajovic said.

The plans call for an 80- to 90-unit, three-story building estimated to cost $2 million to construct.

“This is the highest and best use for the property,” he said.

According to the appeal, Fayette County’s zoning hearing board improperly took testimony from Penn State in the form of a letter that was not provided to Fay-Penn.

The appeal asks a common pleas judge to overturn the decision and allow the development to move forward.

“In our opinion, we think it would be a win-win for both the college and the community. The Fayette Campus is the most modern satellite campus in the state, and we feel that this would support the upward trend of record enrollment there,” Krajovic said.

In addition, the students housed there would support area businesses and serve as a potential pool of interns for tenants in the technology park.

“Retention of young people continues to be a major initiative here,” Krajovic said.

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