Lancsek also initiated the prohibition on overnight parking – with signs. He said “certain areas of the township are turning into RV camps” and he doesn’t want that to happen at Hamilton Crossings.

Commissioner Ron Eichenberg wanted assurances that the township will only have to go to one management entity if it has problems with maintenance, security or other issues at Hamilton Crossings.

While most of the shopping center will be managed by the developers, Jeremy Fogel of the Goldenberg Group, one of those developers, said Costco and Target will own their own properties.

“We don’t want to be in a situation where people end up saying ‘it’s him, not me’,” explained Somach. “We want to have one place where the buck stops.”

The developers agreed to all three conditions.

Costco gas station

The Costco gas station is proposed between the Costco store and Route 222, with easy access planned to and from the highway.

Route 222 runs along the north side of the 63-acre shopping center site and Hamilton Boulevard runs along the south side, with Krocks Road cutting through the center of the property.

Doug Brookbank of Mulvanny G2 Architecture, which designed the gas station, explained it will have many features lacking in most gas stations.

He said those features are designed to improve safety and efficiency:

• All vehicles will only move in one direction through the four pump
islands. “You don’t have vehicular conflicts because everyone’s moving in
the same direction,” explained Brookbank.

• Drivers won’t have to decide which side of a gas pump they need to
pull up to, because hoses on all those pumps will be long enough to reach either side of the car.

• The four gas pump islands will be far enough apart that a driving
lane will be between each of them. “If you’re done and the person in front of you is still fueling, you can just pull out and use that center lane and you’re on your way,” said Brookbank.

• The station will only sell gasoline. There will be no mini-mart or
pallets of soda. It also won’t sell diesel fuel or even have air pumps.

• It will not be a service station—no cars will be serviced or repaired.

Brookbank said a lot of gas stations “want to light up the night-time sky to announce themselves,” Costco does the opposite, by directing light down onto the fuel dispensers “where people need it.” He also said it will not be open 24/7. He said it will be open no later than  9:30 p.m.

The station’s two 30,000-gallon underground fuel tanks will be double-walled. Brookbank compared them to small water bottles being inside larger two-liter bottles. He said if any fuel would escape from the inner tank, the whole system immediately would shut down.

Brookbank also said all storm water at the station will drain to one point, where it will go through an oil/water separator.

The station will have only “a warming hut” for its attendants to go inside in really cold weather.

Public input

Only three members of the public addressed the commissioners about Hamilton Crossings at the conditional use hearing held before the conditional uses were approved.

Resident Michael Siegel threw the commissioners a curve when he presented a list of 31 additional conditions he said the developers should meet before the township would give the project conditional use approval.

Siegel said he has 23 years of experience as a municipal official and community development planner.

“I’m here to support the project, I’m not here to hinder it,” he said.
“But I’m here to make sure the little problems go away. A lot of problems in conditional uses are not thought of until years down the road. They are issues I’ve had problems with in other shopping centers.”

Siegel said most of the issues on his list involved conditional uses, not land development issues. But Pandl said: “A lot of these we can look at through land development.”