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HPC Meeting Minutes

March 21, 2013

The Historic Preservation Commission met on Thursday, March 21st, 2013 at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street.  Brian Roche, Chairmen called the meeting to order at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Brian Roche presented the opening statement and conducted a roll call of those members present.


Commissioners Attending: Brian Roche, Chair; Dormaim Bromwell Green, Will Dennehy-Vice-Chair, Farrell McCoy. Katie Clendaniel.

Other Representatives or Staff Attending: Dan Brandewie, City Planner II.

Oath Administered-Persons Wishing to Testify: Mr. Roche reviewed protocol for the meeting and administered the oath to all persons wishing to testify.

Approval of Minutes: No action was taken on any minutes.

Consent Agenda: There were no items on the consent agenda.


Regular Agenda Items

HPC#30-13, 504-506 Poplar Street, James T. Merryweather (applicant-purchaser), gave a presentation on plans to renovate a building for a brew-pub (Realerevival Brewing LLC). He presented revised plans and specifications to install a new front door and replace two existing front façade windows with roll down garage style doors to allow for an open air experience.  His plans are to brew beer on a limited basis and he is a applying for a Class C license.  Specifications for lanterns and two awnings were provided.  The name of the company would be located on the awnings.  Staff noted that this building is considered a non-contributing building to the Historic District and that the HPC would have greater flexibility in reviewing this request.  Mr. Merryweather stated he is seeking a grant to assist with the façade renovations.  Mary Thomas commented on her situation with the Canvasback Restaurant regarding the awning, false front, and lights.  There was no one else to speak in opposition or in favor of the request.   HPC members noted that the appearance is one of a 1950's era look.  Members also noted that the use of the garage door style windows has been effective with other commercial storefronts.  Members discussed the appropriateness of using antique style lanterns as generally being incompatible with this style building.  After further discussion, HPC members acted to close the discussion.

After further deliberation, Will Dennehy moved to approve the proposed alterations for commercial storefront (non-contributing building) based on the application and with revisions to the application based on exhibits submitted at meeting.  Work to include: installation of projection sign, logo's on windows, new awnings, replacement of front doors, installation of pull down-garage style windows in front.   Prior to commencing work, applicant is to resubmit exterior work items and specifications for final review by staff and one HPC member.  Seconded by Dormaim Bromwell Green.  Motion carried.

HPC#31-13, 705 Church St., Jamie Richardson (applicant-purchaser), reviewed his application to replace existing one over one windows with one over one vinyl replacement windows at a property he recently purchased at this address.  He noted that his intent was to re-use the building as a three unit apartment.

Mr. Brandewie noted that Board of Zoning Appeals will be hearing this appeal on March 26th.  It is staff's recommendation not to permit a 3-unit apartment to continue as it is a non-conforming multi-family use.  Staff stated that Mr. Dennehy and Mr. Roche with staff visited the property several days ago and pictures have been submitted showing the condition of the property and windows.  Mr. Richardson stated that regardless of the final use, his intent is to replace the windows due to energy efficiency and safety considerations.  Staff noted that the front porch "bump-out" room in the left front porch area has unique windows due to their size and shape.  The other side of the porch has been enclosed. There was no one from the public to speak in favor or against the application and HPC members moved to close the discussion.

Katie Clendaniel asked if Mr. Richardson had obtained an estimate on repair of the windows.  Mr. Richardson had not.  Discussion followed.

After further consideration, it was recommended by the HPC to table the request with the concurrence of Mr. Richardson to allow more time to obtain cost estimates for repair of the windows. A motion was made by Will Dennehy to table the application as discussed, seconded by Farrell McCoy.  Motion carried.


Extension/Continuation: There were no agenda items.


Administratively Approved/Routine Maintenance:

Mr. Brandewie noted the following items were approved administratively:

HPC-Adm #17-13, 513 Court Lane, Tim Crosby, install temporary, exterior-entrance light. Administrative Approval.  Feb. 28th, 2013

HPC-Adm #18-13, 704 Locust St., John Co. Construction, replace metal roof on shed damaged by fire with like metal roof.  Administratively approved. March 13th, 2013.

Other Business


Enforcement Update

Mr. Brandewie had no comments on enforcement issues.

Additional discussion on the By-Laws and draft Rules of Procedures were conducted. No action taken.

Katie Clendaniel moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Dormaim Bromwell Green, at approximately 9:00 PM.  Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Daniel L. Brandewie,  City Planner II



Note:  These minutes were approved at the meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting on August 15th, 2013.