“We will own the driveway,” said Lancsek. “This future lot would get access rights.”
Commissioners said the future homeowner will have the benefit of the township plowing open that driveway in winter.

Reis said he doesn’t like to disagree with recommendations coming from volunteers who serve on the township’s committees, but he does not agree with the Kratzer Farm recommendation from the recreation board.

He said anyone buying that home next to park land will know what they are getting into, adding many people own homes next to parks.

Commissioners authorized Fosselman to get an appraisal for the property at their last meeting on Sept. 19.

“I don’t see any reason to waste any more time,” said Commissioner Ron Eichenberg at that meeting. “We’ve already wasted several months on this. I’d like to see this thing move off dead center.” He said the township has absolutely no use for the house and wants to get out of the landlord business.

During that meeting, commissioners rejected a suggestion mentioned by Pandl that the township might keep the house and convert it into a trail head facility for the open space property, with restrooms and pavilions. Panel said consultants developing the township recreation plan may recommend developing a trail head with facilities near the house.

Also during the meeting, commissioners gave unanimous preliminary approval to a land development plan that involves tearing down three structures on the northeast corner of Hamilton Boulevard and Krocks Court and consolidate three lots into one 2.43-acre property where two “very attractive” office and retail buildings will be constructed.

One of those buildings, at what is being called Shepherd’s Corner, will encompass 7,200-square feet and the other will have 9,262 square feet. Underground parking will be beneath the larger building, reported Pandl.

Shepherd Hills Shoe Repair shop now is on that corner. A building that held a former candle shop also is one of the three that will be razed, along with a chiropractor’s office.

Final approval won’t be considered until after the fate of the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center is determined. That project, which has at least temporarily been shelved, would be built nearby at Krocks Road and Hamilton Boulevard.

The Shepherd’s Corner development would tie into a stormwater basin being planned for Hamilton Crossings on the north side of the Route 222 bypass.