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Antrim grants two developers' requests

PAT FRIDGEN

Antrim Township supervisors granted a plan amendment they once denied, when

they received new information on a proposed development March 8. Attorney

Don Kornfield had appeared in January on behalf of Creative Investments,

which wanted to sell lots individually in Nottingham Meadows. Concerned that

many builders could upend the satisfactory solutions to past stormwater

management issues, the board preferred that all lots belong to one developer

to ensure accountability as homes were constructed.

Kornfield returned with representatives from Interfaith Housing Alliance of

Frederick, Md. The company was in negotiations to purchase 18 of the 50

lots. It planned to build single-family houses above grade, and market them

in the $160,000 range. Kornfield asked again for the concession so that

Interfaith would not have to purchase the entire bundle immediately.

Supervisors Sam Miller, James Byers, Curtis Myers, Fred Young III and Rick

Baer said yes, provided notes were attached to the deeds regarding the water

issue.

Citizen Curt Gipe shared his thoughts on plans to make the Hykes

Road/Williamsport Pike intersection safer. He predicted realigning Hykes to

the northern end of Countryside Drive would not please those neighbors.

Making Hoffman Road one way would penalize him and the other people who

lived on it. They had learned how to safely access the pike. He suggested

grading the hump and rerouting Hykes to the south, which would provide sight

distance.

The board awarded a bid for work at Antrim Township Community Park to David

H. Martin Excavating. The low quote was $177,900 for tennis and basketball

courts. On Jan. 11 the board decided to reject the first round of bids since

Martin, the lowest at $172,000, did not provide the proper paperwork, and

the next bid was $34,000 higher.

Road specs challenged

Pat Coggins and Tim Hogan from Atapco Properties asked for three

modifications on the plan for Antrim Commons Business Park. Antrim had

granted them in the past for earlier phases. The men asked that the cross

slope be 2 percent rather than 4 percent, as required in Antrim's ordinance;

that the cul-de-sac be adjusted with a larger curve diameter of 112 feet and

the right of way 140 feet; and paving thickness be lower than in the

ordinance.

Miller wanted the paving to meet Antrim's ordinance until it was changed, as

had been discussed, or he feared the road might only last 10 years.

Supervisors said Dewberry Engineering had recommended two years ago the

township could scale back the requirements, but they had not done so.

The board compared specifications by Antrim, the Pennsylvania Asphalt

Pavement Association Handbook, and PAPA asphalt design. Dewberry considered

the latter a reasonable compromise. The numbers for each three, in order,

were: total pavement depth, 24 to 28 inches, 12 inches, 13.5 inches; total

asphalt depth, 14 inches, 6 inches, 7.5 inches.

Hogan said Atpaco's engineer didn't want to go as far as Antrim's ordinance,

but they would construct a road that lasted 20 years. The pavement depth

would be 14.5 inches and the asphalt 6 inches.

Antrim solicitor John Lisko reminded the board it didn't have to accept any

road unless it was built to their standards, and Dewberry could have someone

on site during construction. The township would also have a maintenance bond

for 18 months if the road failed.

"We welcome supervision," responded Hogan, "because it tells us we are doing

it right. (The road) is our front door and a symbol of our quality."

With a unanimous vote, the supervisors granted Atapco's modification

requests.