Antrim grants two developers' requests
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
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
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
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