Sale of historic house possible
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.
Hatfield Township officials are considering selling the historic Williams-Kindig House.