by Marieke Andronache Special to the Bethlehem Press
A sketch plan for a new Wawa and a luxury apartment complex at 4457 Easton Ave. was the main focus of discussion at the May 15 Bethlehem Township Commissioners meeting.
George Paxos, a 42-year township resident, has owned both the property and Blue Grillhouse since the mid-80s. He told commissioners, “I’m finally at the point that I have a project that I think would be very complementary to the township.”
Land development approval is required for 5.1 acres. In addition, approval is needed for the subdivision of 1.3 acres for retail and 3.8 residential for the land by Farmersville Road.
The proposed 16,000-square-foot. Wawa retail store would have 16 pumps and 62 parking spaces.
The proposed luxury apartment complex would be comprised of 60 apartments and 102 parking spaces. A portion of the parking is in the underground level of the building.
The apartment complex sketch draft calls for a four-story building in an area deemed under zoning regulations for three stories high. Although developers of Paxos 4457 Holdings indicated that they would consider reverting to a three-story building if needed, they made it clear that it would takeaway from the idea of what this luxury apartment complex is intended to be.
Public comments were focused on concerns about how the area is become over-developed, who can afford the proposed luxury apartments, as well as traffic and parking concerns.
Commissioner Luke Verdes agreed the potential of increased in traffic must be examined. “Someone is going to get hit by a car.” He raised the idea of having a service road run along the area.
No actions were taken, as this is a sketch plan.
Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Company will once again be hosting Community Day from June 14-17, according to Chair John Merhottein. Details should be announced shortly.