Allentown's Neighborhood Music Faculty's existence threatened by condo proposal, chief says

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Constructing residences for senior residents in Allentown normally seems like a good suggestion, however not when it places a metropolis establishment in danger, the pinnacle of a music college stated Tuesday.

Allentown’s Neighborhood Music Faculty at 1544 W. Hamilton St. would face an “existential menace” if 49 age-55-and-over residences go up subsequent door, Government Director Jeff Reed informed town planning fee on Tuesday.

The varsity was already squeezed out of a location downtown due to improvement, Reed stated, and the proposed improvement for 1528 W. Hamilton St., filling within the house between the college (CMS) and South Fulton Road, would possibly do the identical. The problem is parking, a recurring downside within the Lehigh Valley.

“The proposed website plan is a good concern,” Reed informed the planning fee. Developer HDC MidAtlantic has obtained low-income housing tax credit to place up “reasonably priced” housing on the website for folks 55 and older, with a desire for adults with disabilities. The four-story constructing would share parking with CMS, which rents house subsequent door.

The varsity wants to remain near downtown Allentown, Reed stated, to serve low-income college students, and it wants parking for college students, their households and the CMS school and workers. He stated the college tends to be senior residents, too, with some of their 80s, and so they want parking close to the constructing.

HDC’s case was offered by legal professional Erich Schock, who stated the parking difficulty ought to go to town’s zoning listening to board, not the planning fee. He stated the entire variety of areas after development of the 49 residences could be 101.

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Whereas no person spoke in opposition to having extra residences for senior residents, some residents stated the situation isn’t appropriate.

“It is being shoe-horned into rather a lot,” stated Robert Wittman, who lives close to the location.

“I want to see CMS keep there,” Brandon Wunder stated. Lawyer Jason Ulrich was additionally current to signify the college’s viewpoint.

The planning fee took no motion Tuesday. Chairman Christian Brown stated the zoning board will evaluation the proposal.

“I feel there are answers right here” each to architectural questions and website planning, Brown stated. Fee members had questioned the proposed constructing’s flat roof as not being in character with the neighborhood.

Different enterprise

The fee additionally checked out plans for 2 J.G. Petrucci Co. proposals for buildings close to the American Parkway. The corporate first offered an early take a look at a 140,000-square-foot warehouse at 1024 N. Bradford St.

Engineer Martin Smith, talking on behalf of Petrucci, stated no tenant has been chosen but, and stated, “There may doubtlessly be two customers” of the constructing. The constructing could be about 40 toes excessive, Smith stated.

The opposite Petrucci proposal is for 3 self-storage buildings at 1051 American Parkway NE: a three-story constructing masking 21,125 sq. toes, and two single-story buildings, one in all 12,000 sq. toes and one other at 8,280 sq. toes. That website covers about 8 acres.

The Petrucci shows have been each “sketch plans,” that are preliminary drafts offered to the fee for suggestions. No vote was taken on both, however the suggestions on the plans was optimistic.

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The assembly began with recognition of Dick Button, who served on the fee for 3 a long time. He began in 1992 and completed this yr. Connor Corpora gave Button a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Matt Tuerk. Button has held many roles and served on the boards of the Allentown Faculty District Basis, Mayfair Pageant Inc., and he’s a previous vp of the Women Scout – Nice Valley Council.