Hawley considers ‘distressed’ designation
His vision is to see more residential and commercial development in the borough, and reminded those in attendance that, for the most part, people did not foresee that Northampton College would ever set up residence in Hawley. He touched on the fact that dormitories for the college may be in Hawley’s future.
Hawley council president Don Kyzer said to Genzlinger, “We appreciate what you’re doing.”
Michele Rojas, vice president of the council, said perhaps grant money could be used to soften the burden on taxpayers.
Kyzer said that only through expert testimony would the council get a better idea about whether the area is “impoverished and destitute.” He said that if a hearing were to take place, there would have to be expert testimony from developers, private enterprise and the planning committee among others.
There will be a public hearing on January 1 on the issue at the regular meeting of the planning board.