New use for district building closer to reality

Stram Center owners seek site plan approval to move to Adams Street

— Owners of the Stram Center of Integrative Medicine are now seeking site plan approval from Bethlehem’s Planning Board in order to move the facility to its new location at 90 Adams St.

The project received a use variance from the zoning board in December.

The initial presentation for the project took place on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Site plan approval is need for the holistic health facility to move from its current location at 388 Kenwood Ave.

The plans call for 4,500 square feet of the property to be used as office space. The remaining 2,300 square feet would be used as office space, or remain open for a possible expansion in the future.

The business would also need to follow the town’s sign code, which allows for one free-standing sign and one wall-mounted sign. Town staff asked that Stram’s sign be moved 10 feet back from where the former sign for the school district sits.

Town staff is proposing the removal of three parallel parking spaces that are in the town’s right-of-way, in order for sidewalk to eventually be installed along Hawthorne to connect to existing sidewalk. Two parking spaces near the front of the building would then be moved onto Adams Street. The owners are also proposing some further landscaping.

Planning Board Chairman John Smolinsky said he would like to see if something could be done to make it safer for pedestrians, since the sidewalk leads people to walk behind the parked cars.

“That condition has existed forever, but I would like staff and the applicant to see if there is some alternative,” said Smolinsky, suggesting a type of sidewalk marking. “It seems like a problem waiting to happen.”

Representatives for the Stram Center said they would be willing to look into alternatives, but their original plan was to encourage pedestrians to no longer use the sidewalk by the facility until they learn of the town’s plan to connect the sidewalks.

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