Stram Center gets final approval

Former school district administration building to see new use as medical facility

An artist rendering of the proposed site of The Stram Center of Integrative Medicine at 90 Adams Place.

An artist rendering of the proposed site of The Stram Center of Integrative Medicine at 90 Adams Place.

The Stram Center of Integrative Medicine was back before the Bethlehem Planning Board for final approvals so the facility can relocate to 90 Adams Place.

In February, the project received site plan approval so the sale of the building from the Bethlehem Central School District could move forward. The project was once again before the Planning Board on Tuesday, May 6, for a site plan amendment for signage and elevation plan.

“This is a great re-use of a building that’s been sitting there for a couple of years,” said Planning Board Chairman John Smolinsky.

Senior Planner Ken Kovalchik said the new sign is in accordance with town code and would be slightly smaller then what is currently being used at the holistic health facility’s site 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.

Town staff proposed 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.

Kovalchik said as part of the renovations, the facility will take on a new look that is similar in character with the neighborhood. The building will likely be painted in hues of brown and will have large gables in the front and at the main entrance.

As part of the project, Stram has to provide money for the installation of crosswalks. The structure of the building will also take on a new look. The new elevation will not exceed 25.5 feet.

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