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Bethlehem planning board OKs expanded lot

During the Feb. 19 meeting, the planning board was also updated on the proposed 84-condominium project known as Hamden Woods, which would be built on a lot between Feura Bush Road and Elm Avenue near Fairlawn Drive.

Louie Palleschi of ABD Engineers told the board he has met with Joe Romano of Clough Harbor and Associates, the town-designated engineering firm. Palleschi said geotechnical and traffic studies were in the works, but not yet completed, and that a storm water management plan was asked for by Clough Harbor.

A pond system will be implemented in the storm water management plan, Palleschi said.

The planning board unanimously tabled the application after a brief discussion over project holdups.

"This application dates back of a couple of years," said Mathusa, to which Palleschi responded he did not understand why the project's planning could not have been resolved a year ago.

"We hope to do many more projects in Bethlehem, and I hope all the projects aren't going to be like this one," Palleschi said referring to the length of time it has taken for project approval.

Mathusa told Palleschi that because of the size and scope of the proposal, many aspects of the project had to be reviewed or revised before approval.

"This is a fairly large project," Mathusa concluded. "It's a little more complicated than they anticipated.""

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