New Shopping Center in Bellefonte

Business Updates: New Shopping Center in Bellefonte

According to the Centre County Gazette on February 16th- It was announced that a new shopping center will bring a new supermarket and restaurants to Benner Pike near Bellefonte.

The land development plans for the 15-acre parcel along Benner Pike and Paradise Road in Benner Township were reviewed during Tuesday’s Centre County Board of Commissioners meeting.

"The plans, prepared by PennTerra Engineering, include a 53,570-square-foot supermarket with a fuel area, two fast food restaurants of 4,300 and 3,600 square feet, a 2,200-square-foot coffee/fast food restaurant and a 7,200- square-foot medical/office building." - (State College.com, February 16th).

The developers have not specifically said what businesses will take place in the buildings yet, but they plan to announce this in the future. It will be exciting to see what restaurants and commercial locations are chosen. 

"The Commissioners voted to move a memorandum of understanding for the preliminary plans to next week’s consent agenda for approval. The MOU is a three-party agreement among the developer, township and county for the developer to reimburse Benner Township for the costs associated with review and approval of engineering plans."

Located across the street from the Centre County Correctional Facility and immediately south of Bellefonte Lanes  the site will have three access points: the first one along Paradise Road and two on Benner Pike. Plans show a new traffic signal at the north end of the property near the bowling alley, but a traffic impact study must still be completed and approved by PennDOT, the township and the developer.

The plans also include two electric vehicle charging stations and sidewalks along Benner Pike and within the shopping center property.

Vern Squier, president and CEO of the Centre County Industrial Development Corporation and CBICC, said the development would be a “catalyst for years of economic activity [and] hundreds of jobs.” 

This will be a great opportunity for more jobs to be available in Centre County and more business opportunity within the comminuty. Stay tuned for the new construction and what businesses will be put in this new shopping center!

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