Proposed Main Street Apartments Draw Fire At Borough Zoning Hearing
A large majority of the about 15 residents who spoke November 14 at a public hearing on a rental apartment complex proposed for 19 Main Street, voiced opposition to the plan, which would require the demolition of the former Inn at Newtown, a historic structure that has been vacant since January 2016.
A few people who commented on the matter, however, supported the proposal, while others suggested that such multifamily development occur elsewhere in town to meet a local need for a diversity of housing.
Approximately 100 people attended the Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) hearing, which addressed development firm 19 Main Street, LLC’s request for two regulatory mechanisms — the creation of zoning regulations known as the Borough Residential Overlay District (BROD) and the application of such regulations to the 3.002-acre 19 Main Street site.
If the BZC approves those two proposed regulations by “super majority” votes, in which four of the five BZC members vote in the affirmative, the developer would then need to submit to the BZC “engineered” plans for technical review. So far, the developer has submitted “conceptual” drawings which describe a construction project consisting of 40 two-bedroom apartments located in three buildings.
The BZC took no action on the zoning application on November 14. The public hearing is scheduled to resume at 7 pm on Wednesday, December 11, at Newtown Middle School auditorium, 11 Queen Street.
(Read a detailed account of the November 14 BZC public hearing in the November 22 print edition of The Newtown Bee).