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New apartments slated for Bethlehem Township

By Stephen Althouse, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 15 2013 11:19:35 PM CDT
BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. -

The Bethlehem Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved conditional use approval to allow garden apartments to be built at the southwest corner of the intersection of Falmer Drive and Meyer Lane, just off William Penn Highway following a public hearing Monday night.

Commissioners granted the conditional use despite two central concerns. The first centered around noise and lighting from the nearby Penske Truck Rental facility, the second concerned the potential for increased traffic. The units will be built in an area zoned General Industrial.

Township resident Barry Roth objected to the approval on the grounds of increased traffic during the public comment portion of the hearing and said allowing a residential apartment complex in a General Industrial zone did not make sense to him.

Just two weeks ago the board granted conditional final approval to developer Bob Cahill’s Meyer Lane Apartments 48-unit complex by a 3-1 vote at their April 1st meeting. Featuring a total of 48 units, two three-story buildings would house 24 one- and two-bedroom units each.