Ferguson Township

The Toll Brothers are planning to build a luxury student housing complex on Blue Course and Whitehall in State College's Ferguson township. Concerned citizens believe building the complex could threaten the town's drinking water.
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

A key hearing took place in Bellefonte in the fight over a planned student housing complex named “The Cottages at State College.”

Jordan Yeager, the lawyer representing a group of Ferguson township residents who live near the proposed development, argued the plans for the complex encroach on an adjacent area zoned as agricultural. He said, “What they want to do is put the storm water management facilities that are a part of this massive development in a zoning district where that development isn’t allowed.”

Kelli Hoover gives a presentation at the fundraising event on June 3.
Talia Cowen / WPSU

The Nittany Valley Water Coalition held an event Friday at a private residence to support their lawsuit against the Ferguson Township Council and the real estate company the Toll Brothers. About 60 people were in attendance to hear the group’s plans to stop the new student housing development in State College.

Penn State student Nicholas W. Snyder, 23, was found dead in his home on West College Avenue on Saturday, March 19. Snyder was originally from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and enrolled full-time at Penn State University Park, majoring in hospitality management.

Ferguson Township police responded and found no signs of foul play. Police suspect the death may be related to a substance overdose. The autopsy was performed on Sunday at the Centre County Coroner's Office.

Early Sunday morning, Ferguson Township Police in State College reported finding a deceased woman on the side of Plainfield Road. There were no obvious signs of trauma and the cause of death is currently unknown.

Police believe it is not connected to the recent murder of Pine Grove Mills resident Jean Tuggy. More information will follow after the autopsy, scheduled for February 15.

Colleen Unroe as she declines the position on the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors.
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

At the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisor’s meeting last night, three new supervisors-elect were scheduled to be sworn in. As outspoken candidates opposed to a new student housing development, they defeated all of the incumbents up for reelection in November.

Ferguson Township residents hold signs protesting "The Cottages at State College."
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

Last night at the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors meeting, the board voted to approve the proposed student housing complex to be built by the Toll Brothers.

The development will be named “The Cottages at State College” and located on White Hall Road and Blue Course Drive. This plan has been controversial because of worries it could threaten the town’s water supply.

The proposed building site for "The Cottages" on Whitehall Road and Blue Course Drive.
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

Both candidates for Ward 1 of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors say they believe it’s important to balance economic development and environmental preservation. But they disagree on what to do about a new development planned in the township.

A student housing complex named “The Cottages” is being planned on Whitehall Road and Blue Course Drive. The Toll Brothers developers want to buy the land from Penn State. But they need the go-ahead from the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors to start building.

The proposed building site for "The Cottages" on Whitehall Road and Blue Course Drive.
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

Dave Yoxtheimer, a hydro geologist at the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, walks through a seemingly unremarkable tract of land. It’s near Blue Course Drive and Whitehall Road, in State College’s Ferguson Township. Although it seems barren to the naked eye, the land serves an important purpose for the town’s water.

Colleen Unroe and Toby Short
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Two members of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors up for reelection this year probably thought they were shoo-ins. Dick Mascolo and Drew Clemson were unopposed on yesterday’s Republican primary ballot with no one registered to run on the Democratic side. But concerns over a proposed housing development led a slate of new candidates to enter the race at the last minute as write-ins.