Sale of his­toric house pos­si­ble

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

Hat­field Town­ship of­fi­cials continue to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of sell­ing the his­toric Wil­liams-.indig House, ac­cord­ing to Hat­field Board of Com­mis­sion­ers Chair­man Tom Zipfel.

Last week, the board voted to have the prop­erty ap­praised; the house bor­ders a neigh­bor­hood on Ver­non Court and open space prop­er­ties owned by the North Penn School Dis­trict.

A pre­vi­ous ef­fort to des­ig­nate the house as a his­toric lo­ca­tion could not be com­pleted, ac­cord­ing to Zipfel.

“That didn’t work out from a le­gal per­spec­tive,” he said.

Now Zipfel is seek­ing feed­back from the community on the is­sue.

“I want to ex­plain to res­i­dents what we have in mind,” he said.

A care­taker cur­rently lives in the house — built in 1732 — ac­cord­ing to Zipfel.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for as much feed­back as pos­si­ble,” he said. “I can see the ben­e­fits of both sides.”

The town­ship bought the house and four acres in 1999 for $214,000, ac­cord­ing to Town­ship Man­ager An­drew Haines.

Ac­cord­ing to Zipfel, a core group of res­i­dents wanted to have the house re­fur­bished and used as an al­ter­na­tive meet­ing area or to host con­trolled par­ties.

How­ever, he said mem­bers of the Wil­liams-.indig Restora­tion Com­mit­tee — not af­fil­i­ated with the town­ship — dwin­dled.

The com­mit­tee hasn’t met since 2009, ac­cord­ing to Zipfel. He said he re­mem­bers at­tend­ing its fi­nal meet­ing three years ago be­fore he was elected to the board of com­mis­sion­ers.

Own­ing the home and prop­erty may be a lux­ury the town­ship can’t af­ford, ac­cord­ing to Zipfel.

“With the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in a fi­nan­cial crunch on an an­nual ba­sis, is this an as­set we should continue to own?” he asked.

Zipfel said that if the house is sold, he would an­tic­i­pate an auc­tion at the end of this year or the be­gin­ning of 2013.

“If we do sell the house, I would pre­fer that it would be rel­e­vant to the 2013 bud­get,” he said.

Photo by GE­OFF PATTON

Hat­field Town­ship of­fi­cials are con­sid­er­ing sell­ing the his­toric Wil­liams-Kindig House.

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