The project is cancelled. It’s hard to believe, but I don’t know what else to do. The township and county held a “pre-app” meeting and told us we had to expand the driveway to handle two-way traffic, which required moving a hill, which then triggered “stormwater detention” requirements, erosion control, and wetlands impact analysis. All told, it would add well over $100,000 to the cost of the project, before we even started the house! Even Dave Christian, who had thought he had given me the worst case scenario, was shocked. It’s a 5-room B&B, for goodness sakes, not a Walmart!
I called everyone – the township, the county, the contractor, architect, web designer, even the PHMC – and let them know we weren’t going to pursue this. The only person I didn’t tell was Dawn. I’m not sure how to break the news to her. It’s a very sad day.