Luxury apartment project now complete in Bethlehem

Brian Pedersen//November 16, 2016

Luxury apartment project now complete in Bethlehem

Brian Pedersen//November 16, 2016

Boyle Construction Management of South Whitehall Township built the 30-unit apartment site over two long-dormant parking lots on Chelsea Avenue near Moravian College. Construction took about seven months.

USA Architects, which has an office in Easton, designed the project.

The building has four two-bedroom units per floor, said J. Dylan Panebianco, project superintendent for Boyle Construction. The remainder are one-bedroom units. All units have washers and dryers, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, dishwashers, walk-in closets and electric heat, he said.

Twenty-eight parking spaces are on-site and overflow parking is available on the east side of Chelsea Avenue. Tenants will have a parking tag.

Equinox of Bethlehem is the property management firm.

The site, slightly more than half an acre, is at 1325 Chelsea Ave.

The developer, Peron Development LLC in Bethlehem, was looking to bring more market-rate apartments to the area.

The project received its certificate of occupancy last week and has started generating interest from prospective tenants.

“We’ve been getting a decent number of calls and expect to be renting some units very soon,” said Rob de Beer, director of development for Peron Development.

Monthly rents are in the mid-$1,100 range for one-bedroom units; two-bedroom units are in the high $1,200 range, de Beer said.

“I think the Lehigh Valley continues to have the most robust high-end market,” de Beer said. “It’s a walkable community; there’s a lot of amenities nearby. It just fits nicely.”

His firm also recently started developing Greenway Commons, a mixed-use project in South Bethlehem that includes luxury units. He expects that project to be finished a year from now.