LETTER: Keep out School’s Out

Editor, The Spotlight:

After having attended the Bethlehem Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Wednesday, March 20, I am vehemently opposed to School’s Out purchasing the property at 90 Adams Place, the former home of BSCD School Administration. At this four-hour meeting which brought out many folks in the neighborhood, the sentiment was overwhelmingly against rezoning 90 Adams Place from residential to commercial to accommodate School’s Out.

School’s Out relocating to 90 Adams Place would unquestionably be commercial usage in a residential area. The negative impact on what is now quintessential “Old Delmar,” a lovely quiet residential neighborhood, would be huge. Not to mention the negative impact on home values closest to the daycare. Sixteen buses and numerous private cars would be dropping off and picking up 80 children per day. That’s a lot of noise and commotion in what has always been a quiet and peaceful neighborhood, one that people purchased homes in for that very reason.

In addition, the parking and outdoor play space at 90 Adams Place is grossly inadequate. This type of business should be located in a true commercial area such the current site of School’s Out or for example, at the former site of Planet Fitness on Hudson Avenue. That building now sits vacant, has lots of parking and even plenty of land on which to build a playground and where the children could run and play. The 90 Adams Place location has no place to put a playground and no place for the children to run and play. I’d like to hear what the American Academy of Pediatrics would say about that!

Also, at the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, I learned that a small medical office had put in a similar bid on the property but then backed off when they learned of the cost of legal fees associated with rezoning the property to commercial. But for some reason when School’s Out put in their offer, BCSD offered to cover the associated costs (at taxpayer expense). According to the latest public information as of 12/31/10, School’s Out had $1.6 million in cash and investments. Couldn’t they have covered the costs associated with rezoning?

Bonnie P. Goldsmith, Delmar

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