South Bethlehem is on track to gain a new housing development adjacent to Lehigh University. The Zoning Hearing Board Oct. 23 unanimously approved local developer Louis Intile’s plan to demolish the existing structures on Van Buren Street between Taylor and Polk streets and build seven 2,100-square-foot, five-bedroom townhouses with expected completion in fall 2020.
Freemansburg Borough Council presented a City of Bethlehem sewer rate increase at its Oct. 15 workshop, informing residents that in 2020 rates will rise from $122 to $125 per period (a yearly increase from $366 to $375 per unit). Residents who pay the full year during the first billing period receive a $15 discount.
They then announced a number of upcoming public events, starting with Trick-or-treat, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 pm.
On Oct. 1, Northampton’s County Executive Lamont McClure Jr. presented borough council a $75,000 Community Development Block Grant check to renovate the municipal building in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
“I cannot think of a more important and laudable goal than to make our borough facilities accessible [to the differently abled],” McClure said.
Concerns over possible faulty work during the 2019 roadway paving project caused council to unanimously vote to commission a study of core samples.