The land in a community near where a Penn State land project is under construction has been given the go-ahead to be developed into a hotel, condominium, office and other residential projects.
The approval is needed to build a $7.2 million hotel and condominium project in the former Peebles Athletic Field.
Penn State land developer Kip Miller has applied to build the hotel, the largest Penn State building in the state, which is planned to open in 2020.
Penn State officials have been working on the project for years.
The hotel, expected to open as early as 2020, will be the largest single Penn State property.
The property will include a 300-room hotel, retail and dining space, an athletic field, offices and housing.
The property is adjacent to the Peeples Athletic Field, which was demolished in the 1970s to make way for a new football stadium.
Penn’s Peebs Athletic Field has been empty for decades.
The site has been home to Penn State football, basketball and baseball programs, and was used for the first football stadium in the nation.
Penn has been developing the property in collaboration with Penn State University, the university and the University of Pennsylvania.
The state is asking the Planning and Land Use Commission to approve the hotel and other commercial and residential development plans.
The commission will review the applications.
The land has been a hot property for developers for years, but the Penn project has sparked a public-private partnership that has included a public option and some private-sector partners.