Water

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.

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

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.