Apartments on the rise in Bethlehem

Developers have moved away from the single-family homes

— “I don’t think that’s a surprise to anyone since the majority of the land area that remains in an undeveloped state is located south of the bypass,” he said. “The area north of the bypass is generally close to being built out.”

The Gables is currently the only single-family condominium project now under construction.

Leslie said there are currently 15 housing projects before the town that have yet to be approved, and 60 percent of them are in Glenmont. The plans call for about 950 apartments, out of a total of 1,352 housing units. About half of the apartments are targeted for senior housing.

According to the town’s staff, board members should keep in mind several factors during the approval process, including consumer demand for different housing types, the town’s senior demographic and any potential revisions to the Comprehensive Plan.

Leslie said if all of the proposed projects were approved, the portion of single-family homes within the town could decrease to 65 percent.

“The Comprehensive Plan wanted to see more diversity in housing styles and wanted to see more options available, but the Comprehensive Plan never said how much is enough,” said Supervisor John Clarkson. “So that’s the question to some extent. The market will drive and to some extent will be based on the choices made by the Town Board and Planning Board.”

The supervisor said the Comprehensive Plan Assessment Committee should be ready to present their proposed changes to the Town Board on June 12.

“There hasn’t been anything presented that shows the Comprehensive Plan has been off base or not working, this is more refinements of what are the desired outcomes of that plan,” he said.

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