Northampton Press

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Willow Brook project gets final approval

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI Special to The Press in Local News

Construction for new housing development expected to begin in spring

Construction at the Willow Brook Farm property in Northampton is expected to begin in the spring. Northampton Borough Council voted to give final approval to the portion of the plan located in the borough, with six conditions attached.

Recommendations for the conditions were suggested by the borough planning commission and by borough Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian.

The planning commission had granted conditional final approval at its Jan. 10 meeting.

The development is planned for 235 Howertown Road, where the Willow Brook Golf Course is currently located. A portion of the 18-hole golf course, along with farm property also owned by the Fuller family, located in Northampton Borough, North Catasauqua Borough and Allen Township, will be developed, once approved by all three municipalities.

Robert Dwyer, representing landowner Fuller Family Trust, said he estimated ground would break on the development “in a couple months.”

He said he has received some bids, but no contractors are lined up yet. A barn on the Fuller property is being renovated for a new clubhouse for the golf course, which will be reduced to nine holes. The nine holes being retired for development will close in mid-June, along with the current clubhouse, he said.

“For the most part, once we break ground, the 18 holes will go to nine,” Dwyer said.

“It’s a very attractive setting,” Councilman Edward Pany said.

Conditions include a requirement to comply with planning commission recommendations, engineering letters, plan drafting comments, fees, costs related to installation of a traffic light in the future, if needed, and outside agency approvals.

Each unit will be charged a fee to the borough’s general fund of $3,000, a sewer fee of $5,095 upon tapping into the system and a $600 recreation fee.

A homeowner association will be formed for the neighborhood.

Dwyer said he expects to return to future council meetings to update officials on the progress of the development.