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HPC Minutes

September 18, 2014

The Historic Preservation Commission met on Thursday, Sept. 18th at the Public Safety Building, 8 Washington Street. Will Dennehy, Vice Chair, began the meeting at 7:00PM and took a roll call of members in attendance.

Commissioners Attending: Will Dennehy, Mike Russo, Ron Berman, Patricia Weischmann.
Commissioners Absent: Dormaim Bromwell Green
Other representatives or staff attending: Dan Brandewie, City Planner.

Mr. Dennehy noted that a quorum is present. He proceeded to review the agenda for tonight's meeting and asked if there were any objections to moving the election of officers to the end of the agenda. There were no objections. Staff confirmed there were no other changes to the agenda and that all items were properly advertised.

Mr. Dennehy administered the oath to all persons desiring to testify.

Consent Agenda:

Mr. Dennehy noted that there were no items on the consent agenda.

Extension/Continuation Cases

HPC#56, FY 13-14, 400 Race St., Epicurean II, Doug Kyle (owner), Arcus Design Group, (architect): general exterior repairs-replacement of windows, installation of metal roof, façade repairs. Mr. Brandewie stated that the owner is moving forward with repairs to the chimneys but otherwise no new information has been submitted on updates to the construction plans.

Regular Agenda

HPC#15_FY 2014-15, 108 Glenburn Ave., Terry Custis, Robert Leaf (owners)-replace 5 existing single pane six over nine double hung, metal windows with replacement windows in sunroom. Mr. Brandewie provided information on the application and showed photo images of the sunroom. The proposed windows would have simulated divided lights to match the grid patterns. Terry Custis and Robert Leaf stated that the proposed windows would match the windows on the house which is a nine over one window. There were no comments from members of the public. The HPC acted to close the discussion.

Members acknowledged the significant deterioration of the existing windows and noted that the replacement windows will have permanently fixed outside grids. No members had any objections to the request. Mike Russo moved to approve the application to replace five metal windows in the sunroom with vinyl clad Anderson 400 series replacement windows with similar grid patterns as specified and submitted in the application. Second by Patricia Weischmann. Motion carried.

HPC#16_FY 2014-15, 812 Locust St., Miloud (Tony) M. Amenzouy (owner)-replace seven existing wood windows with replacements windows. Mr. Brandewie noted that this application is to replace three upper façade one over one windows on the right front of the house; one jalousie windows on the enclosed front porch; and three upper façade windows on the right side façade. Mr. Brandewie noted that the applicant received approval last year for three replacement windows on the lower level of the front bumpout area and for one window on the right side façade. The owner is stating that the windows are in poor condition and contribute to high heating costs. Mr. Amenzouy spoke on the need to replace the windows at length. There was no additional public comment and the HPC acted to close the discussion.

HPC members discussed breaking up the motion into three components. Patricia Weischmann moved to approve the replacement of the jalousie window on the front porch with a side by side, double hung window. The slider window is not recommended. Mike Russo seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Patricia Weischmann moved to approve the proposed use of the three replacement vinyl windows on the upper façade of the front of the building. It was noted that these proposed windows would be a better match to the windows previously installed on the lower level of the bumpout. Second by Mike Russo. Motion carried.

Rob Berman moved to table the application for the replacement of three windows on the upper right façade with the recommendation that the applicant explore a composite window alternative with exterior grids. A site visit is also recommended to examine the condition of the windows and that photo documentation be submitted on the condition of the window; and that if a proposed composite window matches in detail the existing windows, staff is authorized to approve the composite windows. Mike Russo seconded the motion. Motion carried.

HPC#17_FY 2014-15: 105 Belvedere Ave., Suzanne Hunteman, (owner)-install new vinyl siding product over existing asbestos siding (non-original to the house); install aluminum trim over exposed wood (soffit, fascia and trim molding); replace one existing window and rear door in rear of house. Mr. Brandewie provided an overview of the application and expressed concern that adding another layer of artificial siding will likely damage any existing siding and that further detail will be lots around the trim work on windows. Staff advises not to approve the installation of existing siding and the covering up of trim and moldings with aluminum siding. Having said that, staff also notes that nearly all the adjacent properties, which are similar in building style, have fiber board-asbestos siding and have encapsulated existing trim with aluminum facing material. This work was likely done years ago before the adoption of HPC Design Guidelines. Staff has no objections to the replacing the window and door in the rear as specified. Ms. Hunteman and her contractor, Don Yeatman, spoke at length as to why they believe this work is justified, especially regarding the installation of vinyl siding. The owner desires to make the home more maintenance free.

After further discussion, Will Dennehy moved to approve the application to install vinyl siding and to replace the window and door in the rear as submitted; the covering on the existing trim with aluminum trim is not recommended. The Commission recommends the repair and painting of existing wood trim details; however, if alternative composite materials can be found that matches existing trim and molding detail, staff is authorized to review and approve replacement items as "design in-kind" replacements. Second by Mike Russo. Motion carried.

HPC#18_FY 2014-15: 214 Willis St., Daniel and Mary McCauliffe (owners)-remove and replace porch flooring and band boards with composite substitute-general repairs to porch to include re-using existing columns and porch railing. Mr. McCauliffe spoke on the need to do the repair work. There were no questions or comments from the audience.

After further discussion, Mike Russo moved to approve the application to replace existing wood flooring on the front porch with 3"+ t/g composite flooring and to allow the use of PVC band board as submitted. It was noted that the applicants will be repairing and using the existing porch columns and railing. Second by Patricia Weischmann. Motion carried.

HPC#19_FY 2014-15: 1100 Hambrooks Blvd, Brian Routhier (applicant): to construct new two story garage in rear of property. Mr. Brandewie provided an overview of the applicantion. Mr. Routhier provided a power point presentation of his proposed garage design. There were no comments from the public.

HPC members commended Mr. Routhier on his homework and on the quality of his presentation. After further discussion, Mike Russo moved to approve the application as submitted with final construction drawings and plans to be reviewed by staff. If the design of the garage changes substantially or the proposed garage doors or other details are substantially different in style as to what is proposed; the plans shall be brought back to the Commission. Second by Patricia Weischmann. Motion carried.

HPC#20_FY 2014-15: 411-413 Race Street, Chuck Kelly (owner): request to construct new addition on rear of building. Mr. Brandewie provided an overview of the application and presented photos of the property. Staff has recommended that an alternative siding product be used other than concrete block. This building is still listed as a "contributing building" although it is modern in appearance. This rear addition cannot be viewed from public street. Mr. Tim Crosby, architect for the project spoke on behalf of the owner. His position was that this rear addition should not have to be reviewed by the HPC. Staff disagreed with this interpretation based on both local and state law on the subject. Mr. Crosby proceeded to review the application. The owner needs more storage for records. They are aware that a underground storm drain pipe may be affected by this project and will work with the appropriate City staff on this aspect of the work. The addition will include a small area in the back with a roof over the rear entranceway. There was no one else to speak in favor or in opposition to the application.

After further discussion, Mike Russo moved to approve the application as submitted for the construction of a small commercial rear addition to be made from concrete block. Second by Patricia Weischmann. Motion carried.

Administratively Approved/Routine Maintenance:

HPC members had no comments on four applications administratively approved by staff. These included:

HPC Admin# 9 FY 14-15, 218 West End Ave. John Mills, replace shingles on ½ of house roof, shingle to match previous repair work. Administratively approved: August 18th, 2014.

HPC Admin# 10 FY 14-15, 125 Vue De Leau Ave., John and Leah Singelstad, repairs to front porch-repair damaged areas with in-kind replacement materials. Administratively approved August 20, 2014.

HPC Admin# 11 FY 14-15, 410 Race St. Leslie Grove (applicant)-request for temporary "grand opening" poster sign (former Joie De Vivre business sign location). Administratively approved Sept. 9th, 2014.

HPC Admin# 12 FY 14-15, 900 Locust St., Helen Salisbury (owner); BAS Construction (applicant)-replace flat bitumen roof with like kind roofing material. Not visible from the street. Administratively approved, Sept. 11th, 2014.

Enforcement Update

Mr. Brandewie provided an update on enforcement issues. There were no questions.

Meeting adjourned at approximately 9:00PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel L. Brandewie, City Planner II

Signature: Patricia Weichmann, Chair_____________________________________ Date: _____________2014.


Note: These minutes were approved at the meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting on _________, 2014.