KIMBERTON - The First Cornerstone Bank sketch plan was presented to the East Pikeland Board of Supervisors at Tuesday night's meeting.

William Conver and Chris Gaumann, of G.S. Architects, presented the land development sketch plan application for First Cornerstone Bank.

The bank's proposed location is on Route 724, across from Burger King and next to Markie's Mini Golf.

Conver said the plan calls for converting the existing dwelling into a bank. A parking lot and a drive-thru with a bypass lane will surround the building.

Gaumann described the revamp as "a substantial facelift to the building." He added, "Everything will be within the existing footprint of the building."

The plan should be ordinance free, according to Conver, because a variance had been previously granted.

The location of the drive-thru saves the large trees on the back of the property. Two trees will need to be removed on the east side of the building, but three street trees will act as replacement trees.

"There's a high percentage of green area for a commercial development," said the township engineer.

Because of the high traffic on Route 724 during certain times, a center turning lane was proposed. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will later study the driveway intersection. Possibly sharing an entrance with neighboring businesses was also discussed.

The bank will primarily be in operation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with Saturday morning hours.

Vice chairman Timothy Cahill said they were going in the right direction and wanted to table the project until the August 17 meeting.

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