Call it an intermission.
A Doylestown Township zoning board hearing ended Monday night without a vote on a proposed multimillion-dollar project to build a museum and 400-seat theater on the former property of Oscar Hammerstein II.
The Broadway lyricist wrote many of his biggest hits there, including Oklahoma!, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music, and grandson Will Hammerstein, 52, of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been leading an effort to revitalize the property, near Route 202 and the Doylestown Country Club, which currently houses a bed-and-breakfast.
To move forward, Will Hammerstein needs the zoning board to approve several variances. After three hours of testimony Monday night, a number of people were still slated to speak, so the board continued proceedings until March.
Three township supervisors have urged the board to refuse Hammerstein's requests, believing his plan is too large in scale for the five-acre lot.
Hammerstein said that he was disappointed he would have to wait two months for the hearing to continue, but that he was still hopeful the plans could eventually be approved. "We're going to see this through," he said.