58 site manufactured housing development delayed

Bethlehem_PA_map citydataMorningcall reports Bethlehem (PA) Planning Commission, disapproved plans for a 58-unit housing development off Applebutter Road. The commission’s disapproval was based mainly on the developer not providing adequate information about key aspects of the plan. These included details on storm water run-off and infiltration, a sewage pumping station, plans addressing the space needed for traffic to safely enter and exit the development and a lack of approval from the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. The development, named Applebutter Village, calls for the installation of 58 manufactured homes on 11.8 acres with a main entrance and exit on Applebutter Road. The proposed development is not a land lease community. These would be single family homes on permanent foundations. Commission Vice Chairman Stephen Thode requested in June that the developer to schedule a meeting with neighbors to explain the project and answer questions. Thode asked why the meeting was never scheduled. Attorney James Preston, representing developer Eric Ortwein, said, “I would (answer) if I could and I urged them to have it, but they never set-up the meeting.”

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