BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. – A proposed Easton Avenue medical marijuana dispensary has drawn fire from several Bethlehem Township residents who say they’re concerned the dispensary is not suitable for the area.
Harvest of Northeast PA LLC is requesting conditional use approval from the township to renovate the site of a former Fulton Bank located at 3301 Easton Avenue. Harvest already appeared before the township’s planning commission in April for the conditional use.
The marijuana dispensary company now has to go before the township zoning hearing board for a variance before going back to commissioners for final conditional use approval. Those meeting dates have yet to be determined.
Officials said the building is on an undersized lot for the proposed plan. Plans call for a 3,400-square-foot renovation at the site. The business, if approved, would be open seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and would have a total of 14 parking spaces. Developers hope to begin construction in July and have the dispensary in service by the end of the year.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to expand our Pennsylvania footprint in Bethlehem,” said Lauren Niehaus for Harvest of Northeast PA LLC.
However, several residents voiced their concerns during Monday night’s