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Redevelopment Authority
What is the Redevelopment Authority?
The Urban Redevelopment Law was created by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania so that re-planning and re-development of certain areas will promote the general public health, safety, convenience and welfare of citizens and the community as a whole.   

The Borough wishes to encourage healthful housing stock, a decent living environment and adequate places of employment and commercial activity for the citizens of the Borough and the community at large.

In 2013, the Authority recommended a series of Community and Economic Development Goals to the State College Borough Council. These goals include: 

  • Utilize tools and programs that will support the Borough's goal of preserving single-family, owner-occupied housing and create new opportunities for affordable and workforce housing;
  • Assist with the preservation and enhancement of existing commercial areas in order to retain community services and jobs and to diversify available retail and service options;
  • Prepare Revitalization Plans and work with Borough Council and the Planning Commission to advance these plans;
  • Take an active role in and support community initiatives that will encourage more diverse community character and expand professional employment opportunities, a diversity of housing types, local housing types and general community inclusiveness;
  • Create partnerships and programs that will allow Borough Council, the Redevelopment Authority and staff to invest strategically or financially in initiatives that will strengthen the local economy;
  • Continue to support the CBICC through annual contributions, Borough representation on CBICC Committees, and assisting the CBICC's restructuring efforts; and 
  • Continue to support the State College Area's efforts in economic-gardening by engaging Borough officials in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and providing a range of local government support for its activities

For questions about this authority, call (814) 234-7109.

Meeting Time
The Authority meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 12 noon.

Current Members
  • Sally Lenker, Chair
  • Jawaid Haider, Vice-Chair   
  • Don Hahn 
  • Silvi Lawrence
  • Colleen Ritter, Secretary-Treasurer 


Planning Department
243 South Allen Street
State College, PA 16801
(814) 234-7109
(814) 234-7197
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