Delmar Pointe Condos changes layout

A Planned Development District proposal called Delmar Pointe has changed its plans to build a number of condominiums along Delaware Avenue just past the Bethlehem High School.

Developers told the planning board they still intend to build condos more, in fact but they have altered the project's layout and eliminated three of the four proposed single-family homes.

Joe Bianchine of ABD Engineers updated the board on Tuesday, July 21, and said the "current economic climate" had changed motivated some of the changes, as did the town's suggestions at previous meetings in 2008.

"There will be a density of about 4.3 units per acre," Bianchine said. "The buildings will be two stories and contain units between 1,400 and 1,600 square feet."

Micheal Morelli, the town's director of economic development and planning, said the site contains 23.5 acres of land and is located about one-quarter of a mile west of the high school on Delaware Avenue.

The property contains several steep ravines and federally protected wetlands.

The applicant has changed the original plans of building 56 condos on 13.7 acres of land with four single-family homes on an additional 10 acres of land, to having 66 condos on 20.5 acres of land and only one single family home on a three-acre plot.

"It's a better plan," Morelli said before handing a memo to the planning board that said Delmar Pointe Condominium's new layout and proposal was "an improvement."

Bianchine said the applicant is proposing to use a stone facade and composite siding on the buildings, and although the development will cater to seniors and "empty nesters," there would be no age restrictions on living there.

He said the project would be good for Bethlehem's tax base.

"Usually there's not a lot of children involved in a condominium project," Bianchine said. "It will be a positive impact in terms of taxes."

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