continued School’s Out Executive Director Jayne Maloney declined an opportunity to comment on the rulings after the meeting.
BC spokesman Bill Devoe said the administration will now discuss the issue with the Board of Education and its counsel to decide how best to proceed “in a way that is beneficial to the district and the Bethlehem community.”
“The district administration is disappointed in the Zoning Board of Appeals decision, but we fully respect the process,” said DeVoe. “We believed that the use of the building by School’s Out was a great option, given the community’s general support of providing high quality care for students, both before, during and after school.”
Adams Street resident Stephen Malinowski, who has acted as a spokesperson for the group of Delmar neighbors living near the property, said he was happy with the outcome.
“Primarily what I heard was the board agreed with our issues, that it would change the character of the town,” he said. “Of all the issues we talked about I think my main concern was child safety and distracted driving, because I’ve seen it happen.”
Malinowski said residents aren’t opposed to another business buying the property in the future, but it needs to “fit in better with the neighborhood.” He suggested a dental office.