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Developer Plans 23 Townhomes for Milford Tract
Written by Kelly Kalb, Correspondent
2012-10-17

        Milford officials heard plans Tuesday night for a townhome development on Trumbauersville Road.

        Robert Gundlach, attorney for real estate developer Walter Smerconish, gave the board of supervisors an overview of the development planned for the area west of the Trumbauersville borough boundary and near Benner School Road. 
        Gundlach reviewed the initial housing project that Smerconish attempted to pursue in 2006 when he first purchased the approximately 20-acre tract of farm land. Original plans included nine larger homes with a minimum lot size of approximately half an acre at the location. 
        However, Smerconish has reconsidered his original plan and decided on a more conventional approach of 23 townhomes with a smaller lot size of approximately a quarter of an acre.
        Gundlach described the newly proposed plan as having a “village style” with sidewalks and “walkability” to township locations. 
        Smerconish referred to another housing development that he owns on Station Road in Richland Township as similar in design and “well received” by the community. 
        However, officials as well as one local homeowner voiced concerns that the housing development would cause more issues than the community needs at the present time. 
        A resident of Allentown and Yankee roads spoke of the stormwater flooding that occurs near the proposed development and the impact it may have on his property. 
        Gundlach countered by stating, “This plan has more stormwater control then the previous plan.”
        Supervisor Thomas Courduff spoke of his concerns about stormwater control in an already wet area as well as greater traffic in the neighborhood for current residents. Courduff requested more information regarding the resubmission of the housing development to the zoning board. He said he wanted local residents to comment on the possible project before giving the final okay to proceed. 
        Once more information is presented to the board for review, a decision can be made on the next step in the plan.
        In other business, Chairman Robert Mansfield spoke of the previous home of the chamber of commerce on Portzer Road and Route 663. The chamber recently moved into a more central location in Quakertown, sharing its new home with the borough’s historical society on North Main Street. 
        Since the move, the building on Portzer Road remains empty. It is owned by Milford Township. Mansfield asked Township Manager Jeff Vey to “develop a set of site specific bid requests for use of the building.” Officials are hopeful for a long term lease of 5 or 10 years with possibly a professional business such as a doctor’s office or lawyer’s office in the future.
        Chairman Charles Strunk described the building as, “A nice, solid facility with four offices and a nice reception area.” He also acknowledged the need for some general “fixing up” to the old building.

 

 

 

 

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