A construction project that’s been in the planning stages since 2004 is now underway.

Ashley Development Corp. of Bethlehem has started site work on Birchwood Commons, a $14 million 96-unit luxury apartment complex that will rise at the site of a former trailer park.

On Freemansburg Avenue in Bethlehem Township, the project will include one and two-bedroom units and open green space.

In 2004, Ashley Development had the property under agreement, intending to build 50 townhouses, said Lou Pektor, owner of Ashley Development.

At the time, 50 sewer hookups were in place since the Barbosa trailer park was there, said Lisa Pektor, daughter of Lou Pektor and president of PennCap Properties in Bethlehem. Once the trailer park vacated several years later, Ashley Development revised the plan and got approved for 96 apartments, Lisa Pektor said…

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(via LVB.com)