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Bethlehem development asks for second extension

An 88-unit proposed development off Fisher Boulevard has asked for its second 180-day extension for environmental review.

Although there are some wetlands on the 130 acres of land, developers of the Phillipin Kill Manor development told the town's Planning Board that the economic environment has more to do with the hold up than the actual environment does.

At its Tuesday, Dec. 16, meeting planning board members unanimously granted another 180 extension to Brewer Engineering, P.C., who is managing the project. Bethlehem Senior Planner Robert Leslie told board members the development seemed to be in a holding pattern.

"I wish I had more, but there's not much of an update," Leslie said. "This is the only PDD (planned development district) we've extended twice. This isn't usual."

Leslie told Spotlight Newspapers that the proposed PDD would require a re-zone from the Town Board and that the town referred the proposal back to the Planning Board after hearing plans for the development.

According to the site plan, Phillipin Kill Manor will be built between Fisher Boulevard and Orchard Street and is slated to have 56 single-family homes, six estate lots along Orchard Street, and 16 town homes, which would contain 32 units.

All together, 88 units are being proposed for the 130-acre plot owned by William Cade. The property adjoins Carol Richards' property, an owner who pulled a controversial land deal to subdivide seven lots and sell 25 acres of land to the Open Space Institute.

Richards' proposal was held up over a 20-foot access point wanted by the town on Fisher Boulevard. Richards balked at that idea, because she said there was already access on New Scotland Road. As her proposal originally stood before she withdrew her application form the town, Open Space Institute was supposed to transfer the deed-restricted land to the state DEC and become a part of the Five Rivers Environmental and Education Center.

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