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Townhouse Development Proposed in Red Hill
Written by Candace Perry, Correspondent
2014-03-19

         Two hundred townhomes may be making their way to Hendricks Road in Red Hill.

        Ben Goldthorp of American Real Estate Development made a presentation about the potential development to Red Hill Borough Council at its regular meeting on March 12.

        Goldthorp proposed a 200-townhouse development on the tract, of which 20 acres is in Red Hill and 14 is in Upper Hanover Township. Each home would be approximately 20-feet wide, three stories and 35-feet high, and would be priced around $180,000 per unit.

        The developer is seeking a sewer connection to Upper Hanover because the fees are lower than fees with the Upper Montgomery Joint Authority (UMJA).

        Borough engineer Ryan Kern noted that the number of units might be further reduced due to state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requirements.

        The development would also include approximately 18 acres of open space, with four of the acres in Red Hill and 14 in Upper Hanover. The open space would provide recreational facilities for the residents of the development, but Red Hill council also requested that the general public be permitted to use it.

        Council also requested that open space be deeded to a homeowners' association and not to the borough.

        Goldthorp is negotiating the fee-in-lieu-of contribution to Red Hill for each unit, and is seeking a $1,000,000 flat fee. Past developers of stalled projects on the site were required to contribute $13,000 per unit; discussion will continue on the matter.

        In zoning news, Ray Landis of Main Street in Red Hill made application to the zoning hearing board to construct an addition to the residence in order to prepare frozen meals for sale. The business, named Nana's Kountry Kitchen, is not permitted by right in the R2 zoning district where the residence is located.

        Solicitor Mark Hosterman stated that the business is also not a typical home occupation, such as a beauty salon or a psychologist's office, which could be permitted as a special exception.

        "Preparing frozen food and having a store sounds more like a retail operation," he said.

        Council was also concerned that the applicant did not provide a professionally drafted site plan and had insufficient information for their proposal.

        The council voted for Hosterman to draft a letter of non-support for the application to the zoning hearing board.

        In other news, Borough Manager Darlene Stoudt reported on the bills for repairs for water damage in the municipal building that are beginning to come in, which include a $40,000 bill from Servpro for cleanup from water damage; and costs of the temporary trailer, electrical hook-up to the trailer, and costs of damaged furnishings.

        Out-of-pocket expenses presently are at $6,000 for the borough, but some of it may be reimbursable under the insurance claim.

        The repairs are expected to be completed in approximately six weeks.

        In maintenance news, the council accepted a bid of $42, 846 by Bray Brothers contractors of Fallsington, PA for street repairs on 2nd Street, 11th Street, and 5th Street.

        In planning committee news, Gary Horning was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Councilman Chuck McCleary, and Larry Morton was appointed to serve as an alternate.

 


 

 

 

 

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