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Town gets another look at housing development

Proposal tweaked to include double-unit homes

Luigi Palleschi, an engineer with ABD Engineers and Surveyors, presents the modified Hamden Woods housing development plan to the Bethlehem Town Board on behalf of  Raymond.

Luigi Palleschi, an engineer with ABD Engineers and Surveyors, presents the modified Hamden Woods housing development plan to the Bethlehem Town Board on behalf of Raymond. Photo by Marcy Velte.

The town's Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2005 calls for alternative housing options, since Bethlehem is mostly composed of single family homes.

“And we are aware that our population is becoming increasingly diverse in terms of age and that having house that works for empty-nesters, or pre-nesters, or non-nesters is very important,” said Clarkson.

Councilman Jeffrey Kuhn asked about the number of housing developments already built in the area or were in the stages of being approved. He questioned whether another development was needed. Especially, as pointed out by Councilman Kyle Kotary, after a group of citizens had already presented the board with a petition of 900 signatures asking to preserve Bethlehem’s open space.

"So it seems like there's quite a bit of this type of housing just in this part of town," Kuhn said.

Raymond assured that the homes are in demand.

“This type of product that we have in other areas is going very quickly,” he said.

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