Another bid for Bethlehem school building

Stram Center hopes to relocate to former BCSD administration site

The former school administration building at 90 Adams Place in Delmar.

The former school administration building at 90 Adams Place in Delmar. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— In the case of School’s Out, most board members had agreed the hardship was unique and the school district did not create the problem, but said the sale would change the neighborhood’s character, mostly due to traffic. Neighbors argued buses and parents dropping off students at School’s Out would lead to an unsafe environment. They also said quality of life would diminish for residents, and the move would destroy the unique character of the old Delmar neighborhood.

The district’s lawsuit challenged the Zoning Board’s determination that the building’s purchase by School’s Out would change the character of the neighborhood. The district also claimed the Zoning Board failed to consider the property’s size and how the district first received the building from the library in 1931, before existing zoning regulations were adopted.

In the application submitted to the town at the Nov. 6 Zoning Board meeting, The Stram Center indicated about 4,500 square feet of the building would be used to treat patients, while 2,303 square feet would be turned into offices. They also said the available 20 parking spaces would be adequate because the medical office currently shares a parking lot of 24 with popular businesses like Perfect Blend, I Love Books and I Love NY Pizza.

The Stram Center is also only open from 8:30 to 5:30 p.m., with two days open until 7 p.m. for acupuncture, as opposed to the early mornings and later afternoon of School’s Out. In addition, most sessions last 30 to 45 minutes with typically just a patient and family member in attendance at appointments.

Stephen Malinowski, who has acted as a spokesperson for the group of Delmar neighbors living near the property, previously had stated residents felt a medical office would be suitable in the location. His wife, Lyn Malinowski, said in a phone interview that she believed most living in the area approved the sale of 90 Adams to The Stram Center.

The public hearing has been set for Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:10 p.m.

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