County Presents Courthouse Expansion To ARB
MILFORD — The Borough Hall was packed once again Monday night as the Pike County Commissioners proposed renovations and an addition to the County Courthouse at the meeting of the Milford Borough Architectural Review Board (ARB). Engineer Michael Lamoreaux of McGoey, Hauser and Edsall presented the application, including several illustrations of street view elevations, materials samples, and copious documentation.
During his presentation, Lamoreaux described the proposal in three phases: renovations to the historic courthouse, the addition, and issues regarding the Kenworthey House.
Repairs and renovations to the historic Courthouse were described mainly as using like materials, with the addition of a front accessibility ramp, rear sally port for prisoners, a secure judge’s parking and secure travel way.
Lamoreaux added that the County Commissioners were still open to any entity purchasing and relocating the Kenworthey building, but that adaptive reuse would be cost-prohibitive. He stated that his firm did not look beyond the property proposed because the County requested to utilize the current Courthouse. Both he and County Solicitor Thomas Farley emphasized that the application endeavored to follow the ARB and Borough ordinances and that demolition of the Kenworthey would fall under the provision of “safety and betterment of the community.”
Chairman Kevin Stroyan outlined the three circumstances for demolishing a historic building, which include its safety, the economic hardship of the owner, and the betterment of the community.
“It’s our belief as a board that the county can’t qualify for the first two,” he said. He went on to say that he believed the ARB didn’t have the authority in the third case, they could only advise the Borough, adding that they had the same position a year ago last September. Farley asked that the ARB consider the certification of building appropriateness as separate from the issue of the demolition of the Kenworthey... for complete story, get this week's issue.