Easton City Council reviews downtown circulation project

 

EASTON, Pa. - The Easton Planning Commission is moving forward with an apartment building proposed at a parking lot on 56 North Third St.

The commission passed a certificate of appropriateness for changes made to a proposed 5-story multi-use apartment complex planned for the old Boyd Theater lot on Third Street at a meeting on Wednesday night. Peron Development Director John Callahan and associates gave a presentation of changes that have been made to the site ahead of being recommended to the zoning board.

Callahan said that the building will now be set back from the street by 10 feet due to a MetEd vault on the property. The amount of apartments has also been reduced to 68, according to Callahan. Peron Development had originally proposed 70 units.

The developer will also focus on creating a feasible parking situation for future tenants as well as those who patronize the businesses along 4th and Northampton streets. Callahan said that they are looking into leasing spots from the parking authority for tenants in a planned parking garage set to be built on 4th Street.

In addition, Callahan would like to have five spaces right next to the building. He said the spaces will be handicap parking and unloading for groceries. Along with the garage and building spaces, Callahan said that they are working with adjoining properties on Coburn Alley right off of Bank Street.

Commissioner Bill Carr asked Callahan how they would handle maintenance of the alley for situations such as snow.

Callahan said that discussions with the adjoining properties are still needed, but that they would take care of it.

The alley would be used for additional parking for tenants along with adjoined properties, according to Callahan. He said that he also plans to improve the quality of the road should they acquire usage.