BETHLEHEM, Pa. – A seven-story south Bethlehem constructing with 123 residences and first-floor retail area might be reviewed by town’s zoning board subsequent week.
The would-be developer needs to demolish residences from 106 via 126 East Fourth Avenue to place up the mixed-use constructing. Two properties on Morton Avenue would even be a part of Lehigh SH Growth I’s plan.
“The only-family houses at present situated on the property are usually not in good situation and proof the long-standing, short-term use,” in accordance with paperwork filed with Bethlehem’s Zoning Listening to Board.
The houses are principally rented to college students, in accordance with Lehigh SH. The property will not be within the metropolis’s designated student-housing district, which was created after the residences had been constructed.
The proposed constructing could be obtainable to Lehigh College college students, however they might not be the goal market.
“The residences might be obtainable and marketed to most of the people,” in accordance with the applicant’s submission.
The property is within the Southside Historic District. Town’s historic fee favors buildings of three or at most 4 tales within the district, however it’s only an advisory physique. Town’s zoning regulation permits buildings that exceed the fee’s suggestions.
Metropolis Council can override the fee’s votes, and a few commissioner members have complained that council has been too keen to approve massive new initiatives.
On the identical time, builders have questioned why they need to be requested to adapt to the historic requirements when zoning regulation permits massive buildings.
The present plan is for 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 4-bedroom models. Along with first-floor retail area, the advanced would have a health heart, clubhouse and different facilities.
South Bethlehem is the location of a number of permitted and deliberate developments that might add lots of of residences for college kids and residents.
Bethlehem’s Zoning Listening to Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Could 25, to evaluate the Lehigh SH plan. Particulars concerning the assembly and a hyperlink to an online broadcast can be found on town web site.