Pandl raised several issues, some about specific sections of the project.
She said there are a number of areas where dumpsters are detached from proposed buildings in the shopping center, raising concerns about how they will look compared to the architecture of the project and how they will be screened. She said dumpster locations ideally should be attached to buildings and integral to the architecture.
Pandl said another issue is whether continuous sidewalks are appropriate in all locations on the site. She said walkways have been removed from a couple of places where they were shown in the original plan. Fogel explained why a couple of sections of walkways, which he referred to as bike paths, were eliminated.
Fencing and landscaping are planned around the perimeter of the property to help reduce noise and reduce the potential for trash to blow from the shopping center to nearby homes.
Developer Tim Harrison explained they intend to create a Hamilton Crossings condominium association with three owners. One will be the Costco store and its parking lot, which Costco will own. Another will be the Target anchor store and its parking lot, which Target will own.
“The developer will own the balance of the units,” said Harrison. “We have not yet determined how many there will be. We will have one management for the whole center.”
Last week resident Mike Siegel, a retired professional planner, presented the township with 31 design recommendations he came up with for Hamilton Crossings.
Siegel talked about a few of his suggestions Tuesday night.
He said decorative design features should hide cooling towers and air conditioning units on the roofs of buildings, indicating such features also should reduce noise from that equipment.
Siegel also said refuse areas should be gated and locked and that oil drums for grease in those waste areas should not become “a nasty-looking mess.”
He recommended the township should not allow products for sale to be displayed outside stores and that Hamilton Crossings should have fountains and a landmark clock in the entranceway.
Harrison thanked Siegel for his suggestions: “We have studied them. We feel the vast majority of them are part of the plan already. But there are some good ideas, which we’ll continue to work on. I can’t promise we’re going to do every single thing. Where we find we cannot, we’ll explain to you why we cannot.”
Resident Glenn Wagner, who lives near the proposed shopping center, asked if stores will be open 24/7 and if trucks will be making deliveries to those stores at 3 or 4 in the morning.
Fogel said none of the stores will be open 24 hours. He said deliveries will begin at 7 a.m. at Whole Foods, one of the anchor stores near Wagner’s home, and end at 1 p.m.
Pandl said the township will work with the developers to set delivery times.