Park Place pitched

The 265-unit development, would be adjacent to Elm Avenue Park

— Because of density issues, the developers are looking to change the property’s zoning to go ahead with the plan. This will eventually need approval from the Town Board.

Mike Morelli, the town director of economic planning and development, said the property is zoned for single family homes. The property’s zoning would need to be changed to allow for a planned development district. The Town Board would have the flexibility to allow up to eight units per acre. The preliminary plan calls for approval of the maximum allowable units.

DPC members called into question the need for another planned housing development in Bethlehem. Although the town’s comprehensive plan calls for more diversified living options, five apartment or home developments have been approved in the last several years.

Devito said people are less inclined to purchase homes in today’s market, meaning the developers expect the units to be highly sought after.

Deputy Police Chief Tim Beebe, who sits on the committee, agreed. He said from police observations such developments have been very popular within the town and he does not see that ending in the near future.

Park Place would be build within the Delmar fire, water and sewer district, and within the Bethlehem Central School District. Devito said it would still be some time before the plans are ready to go before the Planning Board.

“We have to take the comment we received and redesign the plans a little bit. Right now, we’re going in baby steps,” he said.

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