Bethlehem Planning Board OK's condo plan

Agreeing, Motta said, "I think reducing the hours will just prolong it."

Board member Daniel Coffey said work hours are a codes and enforcement issue, not a planning issue.

"I don't it should be up to us to set any kind of hours. Obviously the builder will be expected to be as courteous as possible, but to set hours, for example, in July and August, it may be feasible to get out earlier before it gets hot out," he said. "I think it may be difficult for us to articulate hours."

Bolduc, who the board said had built his reputation on good relations with local residents in Bethlehem, said the concerns are noted and that he will go out of his way to ensure disruptions are minimal and quick.

His application has been before the planning board for more than a year, and he received unanimous final site plan approval from the board on Tuesday, March 17.

Bolduc said he has been cooperative and patient with the town's requests, and he's ready to move forward.

"Something's going to be built there whether it's me or someone else," Bolduc said. "I think you're over-thinking this project. I think you're putting undue stress on the project."

Concluding, Bolduc said, "I feel enough's enough, and I'm asking for your help right here."

Cunningham said he was unsure if the board had the authority to curtail a particular project's work hours.

Smolinsky voted with the board for approval and said he hoped the discussion had been constructive.

"I'm going to vote yes with this project, but I'm a little disappointed," he said. "Hopefully, this will highlight for Steve there's a sensitivity there."

Bolduc said that the soonest construction could start would be in the fall or possibly next spring. He said Keystone Builders would have to sell the first two buildings to tenants before they can begin actual construction.""

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