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State College Borough Council Approves HARB

Dec 21, 2017

After months of public meetings and workshops, State College will have a Historical and Architectural Review Board, or HARB.

State College Borough Council members voted six to one in favor of a HARB Monday night.

More than one-thousand houses in the Holmes-Foster, Highlands and College Heights historical districts will be subject to the review board.

The State College HARB will recommend to the borough council whether to approve or deny property renovations and alterations.

the Rathskeller
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One of the many pictures decorating the walls at the Rathskeller is a photograph of Timothy Leary, the psychologist who told people to “turn on, tune in and drop out.”

Leary went to the Skeller many years ago after debating G. Gordon Liddy, of Watergate fame, at Penn State. Bar owner Duke Gastiger said Leary collected Americana and wanted to buy one of the bar’s tables that was chiseled with customers’ names.

Leary didn’t get to leave with a table, but Gastiger said they’d send him one.

apartment building
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Aviva Franz, a sophomore at Penn State, is leaving her apartment in the Metropolitan on a breezy fall day. She moved into the new, upscale building in downtown State College at the end of August.

“It definitely offers more, but there are tradeoffs," Franz said. "Like, it’s definitely more expensive than some of the other places. We do have a gym in the building, even though it’s small, and we do have a study lounge.”