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HPC Minutes, May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014

The Historic Preservation Commission met on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street. Brian Roche, Chair, began the meeting at approximately 7:05PM and took a roll call of members attending.

Commissioners Attending: Brian Roche, Will Dennehy, Ron Berman, Patricia Weichmann.

Commissioners Absent: Dormaim Bromwell Green, Mike Russo.

Other representatives or staff attending: Dan Brandewie, City Planner II, Anne Roane, City Planner, Commissioner Jackie Vickers.

Brian Roche asked if there any changes to the agenda. Mr. Brandewie noted that was one additional item added to the agenda per HPC Case No. 51, for 428 Race Street. He stated that all regular meeting agenda items have been given 7 days' notice to the public. Will Dennehy moved to approve the revised agenda, second by Ron Berman. Motion carried.

Ms. Roane discussed the Maryland Historic Trust grant regarding timing and deadlines.

Mr. Roche provided the opening statement and swore in persons wishing to testify.

Approval of Minutes:

Mr. Roche asked members for action on the minutes.

Will Dennehy moved to approve the minutes from the following meetings:

• May 1st, 2014 Special Called Meeting and Workshop
• April 24th, 2014 Regular Meeting
• April 3rd, 2014, Workshop.

Second by Ron Berman. Motion carried.

Extension/Continuation Cases

HPC#39-FY 13-14, 504 Poplar St.: Real Ale Revival Brewery, James T. Merryweather (owner)-to construct a fence or screen for the Cooler-HVAC system in rear. Chris Brohawn spoke on behalf of the company. They are proposing to install a 5 foot high wood, dog eared style wood fence around the cooling equipment. This piece of equipment was installed without HPC review and approval. It is necessary for the brewery's fermentation process being conducted in the building. Mr. Bill George recommended that the owners give consideration to allowing enough air circulation around the fence. There were no further comments from the public.

HPC members noted that this fence would effectively screen off this piece of equipment from public view and provide some protection from vandals. Mr. Dennehy moved to approve the application as submitted with the fence to have the good side of the fence facing outward. Second by Patricia Weischmann. Motion carried.

Regular Agenda Items

HPC#47, FY 13-14, 201 High St., Anna and Terrence Tiernan presented their application to install a new block and brick foundation around perimeter of house and to reconstruct the front porch. Mr. Brandewie provided an overview of the progress made to date on the house and past COA applications that have been reviewed and approved by the HPC. This plan would lift the house entirely from its brick and pier foundation to allow the reconstruction of a block foundation with a brick overlay on the concrete block. Anne Tiernan presented to samples of brick that would be used and showed Commission members other samples of components that would be used toward the reconstruction of the front porch. New porch and stair rails would be installed depending on the final height of the porch floor. A sample of the porch railing was shown to members. Discussion followed about the height of the foundation relative to the porch, and whether or not any existing bricks could be re-used. It was concluded that the existing foundation bricks were fill-in bricks, added at a later date. They have been painted and are in poor condition. HPC members had no objections to the reconstruction of the front porch but recommended that a drawing or sketch be provided to DPW staff for further review once the applicants are ready to move forward with the porch work.

After further discussion, Will Denney moved to approve the application with the following stipulations: (1) professional contractors be used experienced in this type of foundation work; (2) existing porch columns are to be saved and reused; (3) a rough section and elevation drawing of the front porch be provided to staff once the foundation height has been re-established. The brick to be used on the foundation shall be either one of two samples as submitted for review at the meeting (specs to be provided again and confirmed prior to installation). Patricia Weischmann provided a second to the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

HPC#48 FY 13-14, 204 Belvedere Ave., Bill George (owner), presented an application to move and install hot water solar panels from the roof to the back of the house where they would be placed on the ground. The panels did not function properly on the roof for a number of reasons. Staff noted that the panels would meet building code requirements. Mr. George stated that the new panels would be approximately the same size (64 sq. ft.) as the ones on the roof and would lean up next to the house in an area central to the rear façade. He showed photo's illustrating that there is no visibility of the panels from the street. There were no comments from the public in opposition to this application. HPC members noted that this structure would not be attached to the house and is placed in area not visible from the street. It represented a minor change to the existing panels installed on the rear of the house.

After further discussion, Mr. Berman moved to approve the application as submitted. Second by Will Dennehy. Motion carried unanimously.

HPC#49 FY 13-14, 310 Belvedere Ave. Stephen Butcher (owner) presented an application to replace 3 tab shingles on the house and front porch with architectural grade GAF/Timberline HD shingles and to install metal roofing on the front porch. Mr. Butcher stated that a small rear addition to the house has a metal roof. He is proposing a metal roof product similar to this material. Staff provided an overview of the application and additional pictures of the property. Staff also stated that the 1918 Sanborn maps do not identify the porch roof as having slate or metal but that some homes along Belvedere did have metal porch roofs in this time period. Staff also commented on the City of Frederick's guidelines with respect to design guideline for metal roofs. Metal roofing is becoming more popular and is considered a more sustainable product and is more environmentally friendly, especially with the large amount of asphalt pebbles coming off shingles. HPC members discussed the slope of the porch roof and the compatibility of the roof with the house and the strength or gauge of the metal. There were no additional comments from the audience.

After further discussion, Patricia Weischmann moved to (1) approve the installation of asphalt HD-dimensional shingles on the main body of the house as specified to replace 3 tab shingles that have deteriorated. No ridge vents are approved; (2) approve the installation of a metal roof on the front porch with the further requirement that a minimum of 22 gauge metal roofing material be used with a minimum seam width of 16"; that a silver color is required to better mimic a galvanized metal roof appearance. It is further stipulated that seams not exceed 1 inch in height and to avoid high profile metal ridge caps on hip lines of porch roof. Second by Will Dennehy. Motion carried unanimously.

HPC#50 FY 13-14, 308 Glenburn Ave., Charles Peace (owner) to replace 3-tab shingles on house with architectural/HD shingles. Staff presented this application and noted that the owners were out of town but that Mr. Donald Gray, a neighbor was also here tonight to represent the applicants. Staff noted that the owners would be upgrading to a high definition shingle to replace deteriorated 3 tab shingles on the house. No ridge vents are proposed. There were no comments from members of the audience.

After further discussion, Mr. Dennehy moved to approve the application as submitted. Second by Ron Berman. Motion carried.

HPC#51 FY 13-14, 428 Race St., Anthony Calabro (owner), Atlantic Roofing Systems (applicant) to install membrane roof on rear half of structure. Parapet wall tiles requested to be removed and replaced with metal coping to secure roofing material. Mr. Ken Longenecker spoke on behalf of the owner. They are replacing a membrane roof on two segments of the rear one store additions at the back of this commercial building. The side façade of the buildings faces or fronts along the Cannery Way Park. Staff noted that the contractor is proposing to remove what appears to be original clay tiles on the top of the parapet walls and to replace these tile caps with a wood and metal cap in order to secure the membrane roof to the structure. While the membrane roof is not generally visible from the public way and street view, the removal of the tiles do represent some loss of detail. Mr. Longenecker noted that it may not be practical, they believe, to remove the clay tiles and re-install them without breaking or damaging the tiles. There were no additional comments from the audience.

HPC members noted that the rear additions that are impacted by the new roof consist of two parts. The most rear addition is constructed of concrete block while another part connected to the two story structure appears to be original brick. While the same clay tiles appear to be running along both edges of the parapet walls, members discussed allowing the tiles to be removed along the concrete block portion of the building.

After further discussion, Will Dennehy moved to approved the application to install a membrane roof on the rear area of the roof structure, and to allow the replacement of the clay cap or coping tiles located on the parapet walls of the concrete block portion of the building; and to allow a combination metal and wood cap (as specified) to be installed in its place to hold the membrane roof down. On the rear portion of the building where the original brick appears, it is required that the clay tiles on the parapet wall be retained. If tiles are so damaged and can't be repaired, replacement tiles of a similar design, shape and texture shall be used. DPW staff is to be contacted for review of any replacement tile if needed. Second by Patricia Weischmann. Motion carried unanimously.

Administratively Approved/Routine Maintenance:

There was no discussion on items approved administratively.

HPC_Adm#32A_FY13-14, 317 Oakley St., Ronald and Julia Berman: repair and routine maintenance activities associated with repairs to the front porch. Administratively approved, April 29th, 2014.

HPC_Adm#33A,_FY13-14, 322 Gay St., Ted Creighton (owner), BAS Contractor, install rubber membrane roof over existing flat roof. Not visible from street. No impact on visible facades or roofline. Administratively approved, May 2, 2014

HPC_Adm#34A, 112 High St., Jim Benson, paint and repair exterior wood elements with like kind materials on porch, siding and rear additions. Administratively approved, May 6th, 2014.

Enforcement Update

HPC members reminded staff to contact the owners of 317 Oakley Street. There is a requirement that both the HPC and Staff review the type of vinyl siding that is to be installed on the house as a result of the BZA overturning the HPC's decision on the matter. Staff will contact the applicant to obtain a sample of the siding or to review a spec sheet. There were no additional comments on enforcement issues.

Other Business

Mr. Brandewie reminded HPC members that there will be a Community Outreach training session on June 5th to be held on at the Public Safety Building. It was noted that the next HPC Work Session is scheduled for May 22nd. The next regular meeting is to be held June 19th, 2014, 7:00PM


Respectfully submitted,

Daniel L. Brandewie, City Planner II

Approved by: Brian Roche, Chairman Date: June 19th, 2014

Note: These minutes were approved at the meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting on June 19th, 2014.