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State College Sinkhole Update

We now go to an update to the story of a sinkhole in Centre County.

It displaced at least 18 people Christmas Night.

To recap residents of the Patton Township townhomes the sinkhole affected told us at an early January homeowners association meeting that they themselves had to conduct and pay for structural assessment studies of their properties.

At this point much of the sinkhole’s been patched up.

However an email from the Georgetown Park community homeowners association forwarded to us recently saying it’s paying for a geotechnical survey. But there are some caveats.

According to an email the GPCA sent out January 20th that a person who wished to remain unnamed passed along to us the executive board approved a proposal from converse consultants to conduct a
geotechnical subsurface study of the entire GCPA including all common areas.

The email says the study was set to begin January 24th followed by drilling on February 14th and that unit owners of testing locations will be contacted directly prior to start.

It adds that the study’s cost will be considered a capital project and covered by the existing funds in the association’s reserve.

The email says Centre region code has stated that this study will comply with the subsurface study requirement of each individual unit owner’s evaluation of the townhouse bearing on competent soils capable of supporting
applied loads.

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