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HPC Minutes

August 18, 2016
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Historic Preservation Commission

Minutes

August 18, 2016

 

The Historic Preservation Commission met on August 18, 2016 at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay St. Chair, 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, Ron Berman

Commissioners Absent:

Sharon Smith, Gaver Nichols, Janice Olshesky—Alternate

 

Other Representatives Attending:

LaSara Kinser—Planning and Zoning Assistant

Minutes:

July 21, 2016

July 22, 2016

The minutes were tabled one month due to a lack of a quorum of members who were present at the July meeting.

 

Old Business:

HPC 2016-003, 321 Choptank Ave: Purnell Shortall requested approval to re-install four windows in the front and side gables of the house, and to replace the siding in the gables. This was a continuation from the July 22, 2016 meeting. Since the previous meeting, Mr. Shortall was able to measure the rough openings for the proposed windows and present those measurements, with matching windows, to the Commission. There was no public comment on the application. The Commission asked Mr. Shortall questions regarding the proposed siding, and light pattern of the window. Mr. Shortall also discussed the practical consideration of beginning work because there are powerlines close to the area in question.

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

HPC 2016-033, 302 West End Ave: Nikki Zook requests approval to install skylights, eliminate an existing rear door and to modify the size of one window opening. Ms. Zook explained the context of her application, and that she would like to install low profile skylights on the previously approved addition, that would not be visible from the street, eliminate an existing door that will be inside of the previously approved screen porch, and modify one window opening, by installing a smaller window and an infill piece in order to allow for the smaller window but preserve the original opening. There was some discussion regarding the proposed infill material and clarification about the approximate age of the existing window. There was no public comment on the application.

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

New Business:

HPC 2017-007, 300 West End Ave: Ashley Fluharty requested approval to install a 6’ tall white vinyl privacy fence. Ms. Fluharty represented the application and explained that she requests the fence to ensure the safety of her two-year-old son. There were no questions or discussion about the application. Ms. Nikki Zook, of 302 West End, the adjacent property owner provided public comment in support of the application.

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

Informal Review:

1107 Locust St: Mr. Scott Betts, Betts Construction, asked for guidance regarding propose alterations to 1107 Locust street. Mr. Betts indicated that several existing windows are broken, as well as the rear door and that the roof and siding were damaged in spots. The Commission advised Mr. Betts regarding areas of the property where replacement materials could be considered, the character defining qualities of some of the architectural elements, and what type of information to submit to staff.

Discussion:

Admin approval language: After a brief discussion, Mr. Russo made a motion to approve the language proposed by staff, allowing architectural asphalt shingles to be considered an in-kind replacement for three-tab asphalt shingles, which may be reviewed by staff. Mr. Berman seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

Motion to adjourn: Motion by Mr. Russo, Mr. Berman seconded the motion and the Commission unanimously approved it. The meeting adjourned at 7:58 p.m.