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Bethlehem panel envisions riverfront's future

"If we keep three districts, everything that is said about the south district should be said about the central district," said Evans.

Holman said the south district is mostly wetlands and the north district is clearly industrial.

"The central district offers wide open spaces that could one day be developable land," Holzman said.

Everyone working on the revitalization plan agreed the vision for Bethlehem's waterfront will be completed over a period of many decades.

"This is when we are allowed to do the creative thinking we want to do," said Holzman in terms of developing the plan for the town.

"It's a framework for future decision making and a framework for what will happen if projects are developed."

Leveille said the town is expected to approve the LWRP in the fall. From there, the state Department of State will review the plan to determine if it meets the policies and protections of the Hudson River.

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