ARB: ‘No Substantial Objections’ To Court Addition
MILFORD — After several months of weather-related cancelled meetings, the Milford Borough Architectural Review Board caught up on several applications, including the Pike County Commissioners’ application for the County Courthouse restoration and expansion.
The new plan for the Courthouse has the expansion extending from the Courthouse, parallel to Broad Street and behind the Kenworthey and Lutfy buildings. It includes a property swap with Greg and Trish Lutfy and involves an alley closure and changes to septic systems, requiring several variances.
In keeping with their scope, the ARB focused on the proposed footprint and elevation of the Annex and changes to the exterior of the Courthouse. A letter from the Historic Museum Commission was presented, stating that no historic properties would be adversely impacted by the project, and that they approve of the new plan for the addition.
County Solicitor Thomas Farley emphasized several times that the revised plan for the Courthouse would not be possible without the Lutfys’ help and described the associated swap as an “in kind transfer,” about equal in value. However, the Lutfys will lose their septic system under the addition, so they will connect to the new one for the County. They currently have an oral agreement, but the County would not proceed with the swap and other variances until they knew they had ARB approval for the general plan.
Engineer Michael Lamoreaux described the front elevation of the new Annex design as broken up into five sections, to better match the surrounding area. Color schemes reflected the blue stone and brick of the Courthouse, along with an almond color to match the secondary brick color, aluminum flashing and other trim. The “hyphen” connecting the Courthouse with the Annex has also been modified to have a stone facade, rather than glass.
The ARB struggled to word a motion that would reflect their current opinion, and eventually agreed to have their Alternate Solicitor, Tony Waldron, draft a letter to the Borough stating that they have “no substantial objections to the plan as presented and complete willingness to work with the applicants” going forward, so that other portions of the project can proceed. They will hold a Special Meeting to continue discussion at 5:30 p.m. on March 16... for complete story, get this week's issue.