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HPC Minutes

February 18, 2016
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Historic Preservation Commission

Minutes

February 18, 2016

 

The Historic Preservation Commission met on February 18, 2016 at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay St. Chairwoman Patricia Weichmann called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. Ms. Kinser provided information about the HPC awards program. Ms. Weichmann began the meeting by conducting roll call, issuing a welcome. Ms. Weichmann then conducted the swearing in of persons planning to testify and explained the order of business

Commissioners Attending:

Patricia Weichmann, Ron Berman, Sharon Smith, Gaver Nichols, Mike Russo

Commissioners Absent:

Jackie Vickers--Council Liaison, Janice Olshesky

 

Other Representatives Attending:

LaSara Kinser—Planning and Zoning Assistant

Minutes

January 21, 2016: Mr. Russo made a motion to approve the previous minutes with no changes, Ms. Smith seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

Ms. Weichmann asked for any changes to the agenda. Ms. Kinser asked to move case # 2016-002, 206 Belvedere Ave to the consent agenda. Mr. Nichols made a motion to approve the change; Mr. Russo seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Ms. Kinser explained that the representatives for 511 Race Street and 201 Mill Street would not be available for informal review.

 

Consent Agenda

Mr. Nichols made a motion to approve the consent agenda which was seconded by Mr. Russo and passed unanimously. There was no discussion and no cases were removed.

NEW CASES

HPC #2016-003, 1101 Travers St: Mr. Luke Loy, property owner, presented the application requesting approval to remove and replace the front door with a red fiberglass door, remove the concrete rear entrance steps, remove two existing rear doors and replace them with one small window, and one double hinged patio door, replace the rear aluminum siding with hardie plank, and install a rear 16’x20’ deck made with wood or synthetic materials. He pointed out that Mid-Century Modern is not included as an architectural style in the current guidelines and asked that his house be designated as such. He also amended his application to include a request to install an HVAC condenser. There was public comment by Barbara Stockton in favor of the application. The Commission discussed the age of the house and its status as a non-contributing structure as well as the most appropriate windows for the property and the information provided regarding the installation of a rear deck. Ms. Smith made a motion to approve the application with the conditions that the specifics of the windows be provided to staff for approval and to include the HVAC unit, which must be in the rear of the house and that the decision regarding the deck be deferred, until the applicant can provide more details and specificity regarding its materials and design. Mr. Russo seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

HPC #2016-004, 319 High St: Mr. Victor MacSorley, property owner, presented the application requesting approval to install an enclosure at the rear of the property to protect and screen trash receptacles. There was no public comment on the application. There was further discussion regarding the proposed materials. Mr. Berman made a motion to approve the application as submitted; the motion was seconded by Mr. Nichols and passed unanimously.

 

HPC #2016-005, 706 Locust St: Mr. Jonathan Wemple, property owner, represented the application requesting approval to replace the front and rear doors on the house. The front door replacement will be mahogany with ¾ light and decorative glass to match the existing transom. The rear door replacement will be fiberglass-clad wood with ¾ decorative glass and approval to replace broken jalousie windows on the rear porch with vinyl, double-hung windows. Mr. Wemple explained that the existing doors are broken and badly damaged and that the existing windows are not operable. There was no public comment on the application. Discussion points included the need for more information regarding the windows, and the overall plans for the house. Ms. Smith made a motion to approve the request to replace the front and rear doors, pending review of the front door photos by staff, and to table the request to replace the windows until such a time as the applicant can provide a sample and more specificity regarding the windows. Mr. Nichols seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

HPC #2016-006, 525 Poplar St: Mr. Tom Robinson, the business owner, represented the application requesting approval to install a frame and sign over the existing signage on the property, replace broken glass panels with similar materials, and to repair a hanging sign on the building. The discussion centered on the font size of the letters, considering that the lettering would be far larger than what exists. There was also discussion whether the graphics were historically appropriate. Mr. Robinson presented a sample of the sign material. There was public comment by Mr. Robinson, the property owner. Mr. Nichols made a motion to approve the application for the sign, with the condition that the applicant should submit to the Commission via staff, three proposals for scaled down lettering for review and approval. Ms. Smith seconded the application. The motion passed 4-1 with Mr. Berman dissenting.

HPC #2016-007, 309 Belvedere Ave: Mr. Mark Mills, project contractor, represented the application requesting approval to replace an existing front porch railing with vinyl railing of a similar profile. Mr. Mills explained that the proposal would not affect the wooden columns, wrought iron hand rail, or steps and that the floor of the porch has been replaced with composite material. Mr. Mills also stated that he was not able to find composite material with a long enough span and that the proposed material included a metal support in the middle to provide structure and stability to the railing. There was public comment against the application by Frank Cooke, 303 Mill Street. The discussion points included potential alternative treatments to raise the railing, the appropriateness of removing the railing, the condition of the existing railing, potential alternative materials to install, and past decisions regarding vinyl railing. Ms. Smith made a motion to defer the application. Mr. Russo seconded the motion and it passed unanimously

HPC #2016-008, 311 Oakley St: Mr. Nichols recused himself. Ms. Marti Tomey, property owner, represented the application requesting approval to enclose a 5’4” x 12’ 6” section of the rear porch, eliminate 5 windows, re-locate 2 windows, replace the kitchen and rear doors, and replace with Jeld-wen ¾ glass with built in blinds, remove the rear porch door, review previous decision to keep three windows and review porch railing sample. Ms. Tomey explained that the primary reason for replacing the turret windows on the façade is that the glass is not tempered and she is concerned about the safety of children using the landing. Ms Tomey also discussed the termite damage around the front-side porch door, and that the window and porch requests will facilitate an addition to the kitchen. There was continued discussion regarding proposed materials on the windows, the proposed materials for the railing, the condition of the front railing, the condition of the front-side door, etc. Ms. Weichmann made a motion to approve the alterations to the porch, to eliminate the 5 rear windows, relocate two windows to accommodate enclosure, and to replace the rear and rear-side doors as submitted . Ms. Smith seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. The motion was then amended to include replacement of the porch railing, porch door, and turret windows. Mr. Russo seconded the motion and it passed 4-1, with Ms. Weichmann dissenting.

 

INFORMAL REVIEW

 

314 Willis St.:

Mr. and Mrs. Thompson presented their plans for future alterations to the rear windows, side-rear door, rear steps, rear non-historic chimney, electrical service/ refrigerant line, and their plans to construct a fence in the front yard, to replace the windows and siding, and to install window boxes. Ms. Weichmann suggested visiting the library for historic photos of the house, Mr. Nichols suggested reviewing the American Field Guide to Houses for further information. Ms. Weichmann suggested bringing photos of the actual chimney. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson indicated that they would like to replace the non-historic windows with old-wood windows. There was a brief discussion regarding the fence. Ms. Weichmann suggested further consideration of the fence proposal. Mr. Nichols suggested that the Thompsons might be able to use architectural salvage yards for materials. Mrs. Thompson asked for guidance on whether 1 over 1 or 2 over 2 windows would be more appropriate.

OTHER BUSINESS

Elections

 

There was some discussion on the most appropriate election procedure, the various appointment terms, and the procedure for Commissioners whose appointments are ending. Mr. Russo made a motion to nominate Ms. Weichmann as the Chair. The motion was seconded by Mr. Berman and passed unanimously. Mr. Nichols nominated Mr. Russo for Vice Chair, Ms. Smith seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

 

Administrative Approvals

There were two administrative approvals for in-kind roof replacements.

Enforcement Update

None

Discussion

There was further discussion regarding the order of business, comments on the guidelines, the procedure on the guidelines, whether or not the guidelines were already heard by City Council, and local incentives for historic preservation.

Motion to adjourn: Motion by Mr. Russo, Ms. Smith seconded the motion and the Commission unanimously approved. The meeting adjourned at 10:11 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

LaSara Kinser

Planning and Zoning Assistant