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HPC Minutes

May 19, 2016
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Historic Preservation Commission

Minutes

May 19, 2016

 

The Historic Preservation Commission met on May 19, 2016 at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay St. following an ethics training by Mr. Charles McFadden of the Cambridge Ethics Committee. Vice-Chairman Mr. Mike Russo called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. Mr. Russo began the meeting by conducting roll call and issuing a welcome. Mr. Russo then conducted the swearing in of persons planning to testify and explained the order of business.

Commissioners Attending:

Mike Russo—Vice Chair, Gaver Nichols, Ron Berman, Sharon Smith

Commissioners Absent:

Janice Olshesky, Patricia Weichmann—Chair, Jackie Vickers--Council Liaison

 

Other Representatives Attending:

LaSara Kinser—Planning and Zoning Assistant

Minutes:

March 17, 2016

Ms. Smith made a motion to approve the minutes. Mr. Nichols seconded the motion. Mr. Berman abstained. The motion passed unanimously.

 

March 24, 2016

The March 24, 2016 minutes were deferred due to a lack of quorum of those who were present at the meeting

 

April 21, 2016

Mr. Nichols made a motion to approve the minutes. Ms. Smith second the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

Consent Agenda

HPC #2016-025, 103 West End Ave.: Lyle Cameron requested approval to replace an existing three-tab roof with GAF Timberline architectural shingles.

Mr. Nichols made a motion to approve the consent agenda without discussion. Mr. Berman seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

Old Business:

In the absence of the applicant for 1101 Travers St., that case was moved to the end of the agenda.

HPC#2016-021, 310 Gay St: Dan Thibeault presented a revised application to install two new 10’ x10’ overhead doors, a 4’x8’ metal painted door with solid fixed transom, painted brick infill, landscaping, and exterior lighting. Mr. Thibeault presented a new sketch and site plan, which included security cameras on the rear elevation. There was public comment by Carol Levy of 414 Race St.

The Commission asked the applicant questions regarding the placement of steel on the East elevation, what type of channel would be used on the brick wall, the size of said channel, the concrete driveway at the rear of the property, the site plan of the West side of the building, and the meeting that was held on April 26, 2016 with the applicants, Mr. Nichols, Ms. Russo and Ms. Kinser. There was further discussion regarding the landscaping plan.

Mr. Nichols made a motion to approve the application with the condition that a site plan and landscaping plan were submitted to and approved by staff. Ms. Smith seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

New Business:

HPC #2016-022, 414 Race St.: Joe Ruark and Carol Levy represented the application to install an elevated deck with a shed roof and stairwell on the rear of the building. The proposed deck would be 14’ above grade, the railings would be 42” tall and the deck itself would be 25’ x 18’ 3”. Under the deck, the applicants propose to construct a 7’ tall privacy and security screen the rear entry with a 36” x 84” matching gate. The deck, stairwell and screen would be constructed of salt-treated wood. The proposed alterations will be to the rear of the property, and will not be visible from the street, but will be visible from the public parking lot in the rear of the building.

The Commission asked questions of the applicants regarding the lot area coverage, screening, and whether the wood would be stained or not. There was no public comment.

Ms. Smith made a motion to approve the application as submitted. Mr. Nichols seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

HPC #2016-023, 6 Oakley St: Jim Linthicum represented the application to replace the existing 4’ tall cedar fence with a 6’ tall cedar fence in the same design, with the sections of the fence that are forward of the rear line of the property to be 4’ tall, to install three shade awnings 77” wide by 30” tall by 30” deep with a 6” valence, and enlarge the existing deck to be 8’ x 24’.

There was a five-minute recess for staff to address technical difficulties.

Mr. Nichols made a motion to approve the application with the Sketch A addendum to the application. Mr. Berman seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

HPC #2016-024, 801 Locust St: Charlie Arnold represented the application to add a transom window above an existing side door on the east side of the house, which will be similar to the existing, original, four-light transom above the front door of the house.

The Commission asked the applicant questions regarding what evidence there was to support the addition of a transom, and the proposed material for the transom.

Ms. Smith made a motion to approve the application as submitted. Mr. Nichols seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Old Business:

HPC #2016-003, 1101 Travers St: Luke Loy represented the application to remove the rear concrete steps of the building and to build a 16’ x 16’ pressure treated, gray stained, deck with built-in benches and an 8’ tall privacy screen. He also modified his request to include stair rails.

The Commission asked the applicant questions regarding the necessity of the rails, potential alternatives to the rails, and the privacy screen. The was public comment by Mr. Frank Cooke regarding the height of the screen.

Ms. Smith made a motion to approve the application as submitted. Mr. Nichols seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Informal Review:

310 Mill Street: William and Leslie Bishop requested guidance regarding the construction of a carriage house, loggia and porch in the rear of the property as well as the installation of a driveway and replacement sidewalk. Mr. Bishop presented a sample of the proposed pervious pavers. There was discussion regarding what structures were previously on the building, potential work to the side porch, required setbacks, materials, and impervious surface. The Commission directed the applicants to bring a formal application, including material samples and elevations.

302 West End Ave: Nikki Zook requested guidance regarding new construction on the rear of the property. Ms. Zook explained that she would like to expand the back addition of the house, and remove the rear porch, eliminate the rear door and shorten a side window to countertop height, and replace the front porch with composite materials. The Commission asked Ms. Zook questions regarding the proposed roofline, the level of visibility from the road, and the proposed new windows. The Commission directed Ms. Zook to bring a formal application, and to include plans and elevations, as well as details regarding the siding and kitchen window design.

Other Business/Discussion:

The Commission directed staff to bring forward proposed language for an amendment to the administrative approval guidelines, allowing staff to administratively review the replacement of three-tab shingles with architectural shingles.

Staff asked the Commission to consider an exception to the demolition by neglect section of the UDC for properties that are owned by the County for the purpose of being foreclosed on and resold. The Commission directed staff to provide further information from the City Council.

Mr. Frank Cooke commented on the HPC guidelines.

Motion to adjourn: Motion by Mr. Nichols, Ms. Smith seconded the motion and the Commission unanimously approved it. The meeting adjourned at 9:56 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

LaSara Kinser

Planning and Zoning Assistant