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‘Development’ key word in Glenmont

Housing, shopping, traffic on minds of residents and town officials

Bethlehem Commissioner of Public Works Erik Deyoe speaks at a community forum held in Glenmont. Town officials and residents focused mostly on the high rate of development in the area.

Bethlehem Commissioner of Public Works Erik Deyoe speaks at a community forum held in Glenmont. Town officials and residents focused mostly on the high rate of development in the area. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Many in Bethlehem see the Glenmont area as primed for growth, but some who live there told town officials at a recent community forum they are concerned about the rate of development in the hamlet, and with the traffic that comes along with it.

Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson held a second community meeting, this time in the Glenmont area, on Thursday, March 21, at Glenmont Elementary School on Route 9W. The forum lasted for about two hours and there were about 60 people in attendance. Town officials plan to host a series of such forums, stopping in each of the town’s hamlets to discuss matters of interest with residents.

Town officials and staff took questions and comments from the crowd, and presened updates on several development proposals for the area. Topics ranged from the building of several new housing developments, the future of the Route 9W Study and the installation of sidewalks along Feura Bush Road.

The meeting was also attended by Councilwoman Joann Dawson, Councilman Bill Reinhardt, Councilman Jeffrey Kuhn and Town Attorney Jim Potter.

One of the first projects discussed was a proposal Clarkson made during his State of the Town address to install Sidewalks along Feura Bush Road. Commissioner of Public Work Erik Deyoe gave the presentation alongside Clarkson.

The plan is to build the sidewalks from Wemple Road to Route 9W, with construction to begin in 2014. The supervisor has proposed bonding for the work, and the project would need the approval of the Town Board. Deyoe said his department is looking into cost before a plan is brought to the board. The area is ranked highly when it comes for the need for sidewalks because of the amount of development in the area.

“We have a lot of families with children in the area, along with the elderly, and there’s no safe way to get down Feura Bush to Glenmont Plaza, so we want to address that problem,” said Clarkson. “We also want a way to get up to Elm Avenue Park from Wemple.”

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