BETHLEHEM The sale of Bethlehem Central’s former administration building to School’s Out, Inc. was met by opposition from some neighbors of the building at a recent meeting to discuss the deal with the community.
At a public meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 3, residents discussed their concerns. Issues ranged from children being too noisy if the building were turned into a childcare facility, to increased traffic and a lack of parking.
“I’ve been here for 20 years,” said resident Brent Yanulavich. “I moved here because I wanted to live in a nice, quiet residential area. I’m ready to retire soon ... and it’s not something I want to listen to day in and day out.”
In December, the BC Board of Education accepted an offer from School’s Out to buy 90 Adams Place for $475,000. The property had been on the market for nearly a year with a $650,000 asking price, but the price was dropped to $575,000 after little interest was shown in the building.
Chief Business and Financial Officer Judith Kehoe said the site had been scouted by companies looking to turn the property into office space, but the interested parties felt too much effort would have to be put into updating the building. The propertyis also in a single-family residential zone, and is too large to be turned into a house.
“We felt the offer from School’s Out was more in line with our mission as a district to educate,” said Kehoe.
School’s Out Executive Director Jayne Maloney said the nonprofit is looking to move because they need more space than where they are leasing now, at a storefront on Delaware Avenue.
She told residents about 80 children would attend the program each day before and after school, and during the summer, with five buses dropping off children for about 10 to 15 minutes each day during those two time periods. Parents would also be dropping their children off and picking them up before and after school.