Lutkewitte to come back with a redesign in November.
Questions regarding ownership of the property, whether variances not applied for might also be required and township engineer Tom Fountain’s lack of approval of the plan were raised at the zoning hearing.
Both township Solicitor David Brooman and George Ozorowski, an attorney representing citizens group Fort Washington Rescape, attended the hearing.
Karp said the continuance to Nov. 27 would give Bay LLC time to present documentation of ownership, an opportunity to The redesign of the medical marijuana facility submitted by Bay LLC at the Oct. 30 zoning board hearing. amend its application for zoning relief and possible further discussions to elicit “a positive conclusion” from Fountain.
“I appreciate the challenges the property represents,” Lutkewitte said, noting Bay LLC, which has a lease, recently entered into an agreement of sale.
Lutkewitte explained the process involved in dispensing medical marijuana to those eligible, and said no consumption would take place on the premises.
Referring to “stringent requirements that require detailed security,” he said the building “will be a highly secure facility” with a “secure unloading” area, “strict control of the product in a vault,” and dispensed only to those “qualified by the state, with a doctor’s prescription and pharmacist’s recommendation.”
“Revenue is currently in cash” and “we will have an equally secure area,” he said.
Andrew Giorgione, an attorney representing Bay LLC, said, as requested by the township board of commissioners, “We would agree to restrict recreational marijuana from the site,” in the event the law is changed to permit its sale in Pennsylvania.
Addressing concerns of the planning commission, he said Bay would like to defer an expansion of Pennsylvania Avenue “until the entire roadway is expanded,” would “not be able to consider a 20-foot setback for parking,” but has agreed to remove an ingress/egress near Commerce Drive and “address any lighting concerns and design issues.”
Fountain has suggested the building be built on piers, due to being in the floodplain, but Marc Kurowski, the project engineer, said several feet of fill or stone-type material would be below the base of the building to provide “flood venting” if needed. “It would not create a rise in the base flood elevation,” he said.
“I do not believe it could be developed in accordance with the zoning code,” Kurowski said.
Asked by Brooman about evacuation in the event of a flood, he said the property “is not susceptible to a rapid rise of water. There would be ample time to notify [occupants] and leave the site.”
Noting “we had a lot of feedback on design” — the planning commission said it looked “out of place” — architect Chris Dawson presented a sketch of a redesign eliminating a metal roof and 12-inch overhangs, replacing brick with stone, extending the porch, adding shutters “to conform with properties down the road,” and landscaping to screen the building.
“We think we had a good design, but we listened to the township and came back with, hopefully, a design more palatable of what the future vision should be in this part of Fort Washington.” Andy Goldstein, owner
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