College Heights Association

The College Heights Association was incorporated under the Non-profit Corporation Law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1975 to protect and advance the interests of the College Heights neighborhood and its residents.

All persons residing in the College Heights neighborhood are eligible for membership. The Association holds an annual meeting for the purpose of reviewing actions of the Association over the past year and proposing action for the Association for the coming year. Additional meetings may be held at other time for discussion of current issues.

For all the latest news and announces, please see our News and Announcement page.

COVID-19 Information

State College Borough/State College Neighborhood Coalition Virtual Town Hall Meeting 
On Monday, March 30, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. the State College Borough and State College Neighborhood Coalition held a Virtual Town Hall Meeting. Meeting minutes are available here

Survey Request on Behalf of the Borough of State College Community Manager, Kevin Kassab
: It is always a top priority for us to make sure you are informed and safe. This is even more important during this pandemic. We are asking for three minutes of your time to complete this survey that will help us assess the awareness and impact of COVID-19 within the Borough of State College.

Letter from  Damon Sims, Penn State Vice President for Student Affairs, shared with their student population
: Mr. Sims requests that students and parents comply with Public Health directives and not to return to Centre County and State College.  Also included in the letter are rules from Penn State on Student Social gatherings.

Downtown Businesses Open During the Shutdown
: The Downtown State College Improvement District has created and will continue to update a spreadsheet that is meant to inform the community about downtown businesses that are offering take-out, delivery and gift card/online sales during the shutdown. This list can be accessed here.

The Downtown State College Improvement District has also developed a list  of downtown businesses that offer gift cards for sale.


Historic Property Designation 


 A number of properties contribute to College Heights' designation as one of State College's historic districts. The Historic Resources Commission encourages owners of those properties to recognize those structures with a Historic Plaque.
To determine whether or not your property is on the list of those contributing to the Historic District designation, please contact John Wilson at planningdept@statecollegepa.us or call 323-7109. Information about the plaques can be found at this borough link.

On-street Parking Permission

Call: 814-954-1019

To park on College Heights streets, College Heights residents should call 814-954-1019. This number is the College Heights parking permission hotline and must be used by College Heights residents only. Residents should leave a detailed message including the following information:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Location (Street and block number)
  • Date and time for which permission is requested
  • Vehicle license plate and state
  • Vehicle make

Assume permission is granted unless the Parking Department calls to say otherwise. Permission may also be requested by emailing the Parking Department at parkingdept@statecollegepa.us with the above information. All permissions are weather permitting. Streets must be clear in the event of a snow emergency.

All Pennsylvania Vehicle Code violations will be strictly enforced.

Annual Membership


Annual membership dues of $10 are payable to the College Heights Association for a term of membership from the beginning of September to the end of August of each year. Dues may be mailed to:
Kevin McGarry, Treasurer
534 Ridge Avenue
State College, PA 16803

Report Violations of Borough Ordinances

State College Borough now has an online form for Borough residents' use in reporting violations of Borough ordinances (e.g. snow removal, weeds, parking, trash removal, noise, unauthorized residents, etc.). The form goes directly to the Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health staff, where it will be addressed. The link for this form is here, and the form also is available under both the Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health drop-down menus in the Department of Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health section of the State College Borough website.

While none of us is eager to take on this role, as the Planning Office has stressed, often the only way staff members learn of violations is through neighbors' reporting.

College Heights School Update

Deborah Howard from Penn State’s Facilities Resource Management office, has provided this update on the College Heights School property:

  • The school district staff will remain in the building through June 2015.
  • We have started the process to get our submissions and plans ready for the reviews with the Planning, Design Review and the final Zoning Review Board.
  • As soon as we have some of the initial plans put together, I will let you know and be happy to review with you all.
  • We are planning to close the property sometime in July if we can get through all the reviews by this time (or soon thereafter).
  • Then we will start improvements in earnest in and outside the building.

Information on Neighborhood Preservation

For important information regarding the Borough strategic plan's #1 goal, neighborhood preservation, please click here. 


Town Hall Meeting Sponsored by Coalition of State College Neighborhood Associations


View the slides and handouts from the recent town hall meeting concerning greater self determination for local municipalities held August 17, 2017.


. (last updated 4-3-2020)

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