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HPC Minutes

April 21, 2016
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Historic Preservation Commission

Minutes

April 21, 2016

 

The Historic Preservation Commission met for an emergency meeting on April 21, 2016 at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay St. Chairwoman Patricia Weichmann called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. Ms. Weichmann began the meeting by conducting roll call and 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—Chair, Mike Russo—Vice Chair, Gaver Nichols, Ron Berman

Commissioners Absent:

Janice Olshesky, Sharon Smith, Jackie Vickers--Council Liaison

 

Other Representatives Attending:

LaSara Kinser—Planning and Zoning Assistant

Minutes: The March minutes were deferred for one month due to lack of members who were at the previous meetings.

Old Business:

HPC #2016-016, 104 Willis St.:

Mr. Tom Puglisi and Ms. Susan Morgan, property owners, represented the application with their contractor, Mr. Perry Atkinson. The application requested approval to amend an earlier CoA (HPC case #40 FY 14-15) which approved the request to construct a covered patio in the rear of their yard and to install solar panels on that patio. The applicants asked to amend the request to instead install a 17’ x 20’ addition onto the rear of the house, and to install the solar panels on that. The addition would feature six double-hung Andersen vinyl windows, French doors in the rear, fiber-cement siding to match the existing asbestos siding and asphalt architectural shingles on the roof.

The applicants presented a material sample of the proposed siding. There was further discussion on the windows, particularly their grids and lights, the location of the addition, and the type of application. There was no public comment on the application.

Mr. Nichols made a motion to approve the CoA amendment under the condition that the windows and French door be two over two in order to match the existing windows. Mr. Berman seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

New Business:

HPC #2016-014, 315 Oakley St.:

The applicants for this case were out of the country and so the request was represented by staff. The application requested approval to install a 6’ fence around the perimeter of the rear yard with the section of fencing that is forward of the rear line of the house being 4’ tall. The proposal is for a white, vinyl, privacy fence with New England post caps.

There was further discussion on the advertisement, which did not include the 4’ tall section of fencing, the other fences in the neighborhood, the design of the fence and post caps, the appropriateness of the caps and the location of the fence on the property.

Mr. Berman made a motion to approve the application as submitted, with the provision that the fencing should meet any applicable zoning requirements for fencing. Mr. Russo seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

HPC #2016-015, 107 Belvedere Ave.:

Mr. Peter Dietz, project contractor, represented the application. The application requested approval to install a …’ tall, painted, split rail fence with two rails, a gate, and black wire mesh to be installed on the inside of the fence. Mr. Dietz presented to the Commission a sample of the wire mesh.

There was further discussion regarding the advertisement, the visibility from the road, and the mesh.

Mr. Nichols made a motion to approve the application with a fence between 3’ tall and 3’6” tall from grade. Mr. Russo seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

HPC #2016-017, 410 Race St.:

Ms. Deborah White, property owner, represented the application. The application requested approval to replace the face of an wall sign on the building. There was public comment from Mr. Stanley Keyser of 1 Court Lane, Cambridge, in support of the application. There was no further discussion.

Mr. Russo made a motion to approve the request as submitted. Mr. Nichols seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

HPC #2016-018, 104 Choptank Ave.:

Mr. Perry Atkinson, project contractor, represented the application. The application requested approval to replace the existing wooden porch flooring with Wolf brand composite flooring. The application also included several requests which are considered routine maintenance. Mr. Atkinson presented a sample of the material to the Commission. There was no public comment on the application.

There was further discussion regarding two square columns, with Mr. Nichols suggesting that they could be replaced to match the rest of the columns and regarding what is administratively approvable.

Mr. Russo made a motion to approve the application as submitted. Mr. Berman seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

HPC #2016-019, 2 Willis St.:

The application was represented by Mr. Chet McWilliams. The application requested approval to install 36 solar panels and appropriate accessories on the roof of the building. The Commission asked the applicant several questions regarding the visibility of the panels from the street, the need for the panels, and possible alternative locations for the panels. There was no public comment on the application.

There was further discussion regarding the potential visibility of the panels from the water, the impact on the district, the visibility of the panels from the street, the defensibility of any decision on the matter, and the lack of a rendering of the panels from the street, along with the need for further information.

Mr. Nichols made a motion to table the application for one month to allow the applicant to submit further information. Mr. Russo seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

HPC #2016-020, 824 Locust St.:

The application was represented by Tammy Hickman and Theresa Lamar. The application requested approval to install two 9’ tall lamp posts on the rear of the property. The applications indicated safety concerns regarding the current lack of light in that area of the property. Mr. Stanley Keyser, 1 Court Lane, Cambridge, spoke in favor of the application.

There was further discussion regarding the capability of the lights to be dimmed so as not to spill over onto other properties, and whether or not the power lines will be underground.

Mr. Russo made a motion to approve the application as submitted. Mr. Berman seconded the application and it passed unanimously.

HPC #2016-021, 310 Gay St.:

The application was represented by Dan and Alphy Thibeault, project contractors. The application requested approval to install a 10’ x 10’ overhead door on the east side of the existing garage, replace two existing 14’ tall overhead doors on the west side with a new single 10; x 10; overhead vehicular door and a 7’ x 3’ pedestrian door, infill the wall area surrounding the new doors with a combination of brick and painted wood siding above the doors similar to the treatment used on the windows on the rest of the building, and replace existing three-tab roofing shingles with architectural shingles.

The Commission asked several questions of the applicants regarding the door tracks, door location, safety of the proposed design, who designed the proposal, and when existing renovations were done. There was no public comment on the application. There was further discussion regarding the continuity of the streetscape, the transition of old and new material on the building, and the look of the building and the impacts of the alteration.

Mr. Nichols made a motion to defer the application for 30 days to allow the applicants to revise the design. Mr. Russo seconded the motion. Mr. Berman proposed an amendment to the motion to approve the request to replace the roof. The Commission voted 3-1 to approve the amendment, with Mr. Nichols dissenting. The Commission then voted 3-1 to pass the original motion to defer the application, with Mr. Berman dissenting.

Informal Review:

414 Race St.: Mr. Joe Ruark and Mrs. Carol Levy, property owners, asked for guidance regarding the design and construction of a fence and second story patio onto the rear of their building. They presented packets of information to the Commission. The guidance from the Commission was that the formal application should include more information on the stairwell and its materials, as well as side elevations and a section and that there should be a newel post on the railing section for the second floor.

Other Business/Discussion:

There was further discussion regarding the previous approval of the sign at 510? Poplar Street. Mr. Frank Cooke asked about the enforcement of violations. Mr. Stanley Keyser asked about the HPC process. Mr. Jim Linthicum asked about vinyl fences in the district.

Motion to adjourn: Motion by Mr. Berman, Ms. Weichmann seconded the motion and the Commission unanimously approved. The meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

LaSara Kinser

Planning and Zoning Assistant