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December 07, 2016
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Borough OKs joint planning track for court addition

McGoey, Hauser & Edsall engineer Mike Lamoreaux (inset) detailed plans for the addition to the Pike County Courthouse for the Milford Borough Council on January 6.
TRR photo by David Hulse

Aside from location debate, borough council Vice President Ed Raarup said the design didn’t move him. “I’ve seen this before, when Milford has had the chance to do something really extraordinary and settled for something adequate.”

Kevin Stroyan, a member of the architectural review board (ARB), which would conduct the preservation review, said that the ARB, by definition, would recommend against the demolition or even the relocation of the Kenworthey Building. “In either case, [the building] won’t be there anymore. Then it will be the council’s decision.”

He said a proposal to deal with the demolition or relocation was a primary issue that the county needs to address.

Lamoreaux said that if the building is to be relocated, the auction price of the Kenworthey House would be reduced by $40,000, which is the estimated demolition cost.

Stroyan warned of the danger of the joint review track. “Your project could change substantially. The applicants should understand that ARB decisions can change with zoning [actions],” he said.

“We’re doing this at our own risk,” Osterberg replied.

[Want further reading? See an op-ed essay and this week’s editorial on the plans for building a courthouse annex in Pike County.]