MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

HISTORIC PRESERVATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

The regular meeting of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission was held at the Town Hall, Cranbury, New Jersey, on August 2, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.

 

STATEMENT OF ADEQUATE NOTICE

Pursuant of the Sunshine Law, adequate notice in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-5) was provided on December 30, 2003 of this meetings date, time, place and agenda was mailed to the news media, posted on the Township bulletin board, mailed to those requesting personal notice and filed with the Municipal Clerk.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, Chairperson Bobbie Marlowe called the meeting to order and acted as the Chairperson thereof, and, Linda M. Scott, Secretary for the Commission, performed as Secretary.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

Kate McConnell, Diane Stasi, Don Jo Swanagan, Harry Williams and Chairperson Bobbie Marlowe, were present.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the July 19, 2005 meeting were reviewed, amended and then approved. A motion by Diane Stasi to approve, seconded by Kate McConnell, all were in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

69 North Main Street, (B23,L45.02): In Historic District. No representation. This application is for a re-roofing project that will encompass stripping and installing new roof using materials that will match existing. HPAC recommends that no structural changes occur, re-roof exactly as it exists. Application approved with all in favor with the exception of Kate McConnell, who recused herself.

36 Maplewood Avenue, (B33,L16): In Historic District. Ms. Rozalie Enad was present to discuss her fence application. Proposed is a 5 H cedar fence along the south property line with two 4X 5 gates on the south side of house. A 3 H gate and fence will be positioned on the north side of house at the head of driveway. HPAC reviewed and approved this application.

44 Evans Drive, (B33,L62): In Buffer Zone. No representation. Application is for the deck design to be located in the rear of house. Application reviewed and approved by all.

8 Westminster Place, (B31,L9) In Historic District. No representation for this Demolition Application. Owners, who live next door to lot, would like to replace house with a garage. The properties will remain as separate lots. HPAC reviewed and discussed the precedence of this demolition permit. Mr. Gittings stated in his cover letter the stone foundation below grade is bellowing and portions of masonry foundation above grade are only 4 brick and in very poor condition. He also stated that there is little historic fabric remaining. Members who are familiar with this building agree. Concerns were raised that the new building should have the same character, mass, and scale of the surrounding buildings. HPAC will send representatives to the site within ten days of this meeting date to confirm that the building is unsalvageable and the integrity has been altered to the extent that it is noncontributing to the Historic District. Application was approved with

 

this condition, all in favor.

23 Stockton Drive, (B18.01,L11): In Buffer Zone. Homeowners, Mr. & Mrs. Petrosini and Contractor, Marion of M.A.K. Construction were present for discussion of application. They would like to remove from on the front, the aluminum siding, existing windows, shutters, two front entry doors and trim. Proposed replacement of aluminum siding is a cultured stone veneer that will wrap around into a recessed front entry and on the sides of house. Anderson windows 6/6 will replace existing with a cultured stone keystone lintel header over each window and recessed front entry. Proposed is a single wooden front door centered between two wooden side lights. The roof will be re-roofed with GAF Timberline shingles and will have three added gable dormers with windows to match the proposed. Applicant would like to have two cultured stone columns in the rear yard that will flank an existing gate. There are certain windows on the back of house will be replaced with same size. It was mentioned that there are several homes outside the district and surround zone that have a stone veneer. This house is in the buffer zone and has different criteria from similar homes outside of the zone. HPAC explained to the contractor and applicant that door specs, sidelights, and elevation drawings of the proposed changes will complete this application. This application was discussed, reviewed and deemed incomplete.

17 Silvers Lane, (L26,B29.05): In Buffer Zone. Homeowner Cari Lawless was present to discuss the proposed pool house plans. The submitted drawing does not reflect the final plan. She was unclear of the alignment of proposed Nano doors in relation to the columns. The window size is not to scale and trim on exterior is not detailed on submitted drawing. Ms. Lawless will return with detailed and scaled plans for the proposed pool house.

68 South Main Street, (B21,L5): In Historic District. Richard Schroeder was present to explain that this application proposes to remove the existing rear portion of existing building . He will tear down the office/bathrooms down and replace with new construction. A new foundation and basement will fit the existing foot print plan. Proposed exterior materials will have Timberline shingles, Anderson windows with simulated divided lights 6/6 windows with faux plastic shutters, a metal insulated door to match existing, cedar siding, and a Bilco basement door. The existing non-working chimney will be removed. Trim on structure will match existing. Red line of the proposed small bathroom windows will now be larger sized with munton to be in keeping with other windows. This application was approved with all in favor.

18 Maplewood Avenue, (B33,L23): In Historic District. Marty Coffey was present for the conceptual drawings. This lot is very narrow and long. Proposed is construction of a 2-story addition to the south rear of existing house. The proposed addition would be offset of existing, allowing a small side porch with an entryway off the driveway. There was discussion that the proposed siding the addition would be appropriate. The trim should match existing. The rooflines could be better aligning in relation to each other. Marty will investigate different siding possibilities, detail the molding and re-work the roof alignment. This application will be placed on the next meeting agenda.

3 Woodview Drive, (B139,L23): In Buffer Zone. No representation. This last minute amended application was submitted with 3 copies for HPAC to review at meeting. The addition plans for this site was previously approved. There is a minor change that proposes the elimination of a large window (NW wall). It will be replace with a single entry door. This amendment was reviewed and approved by all.

 

DISCUSSION

The meeting of August 16th will not have a quorum. This meeting date has been changed to the 23rd.

Continued on next page.

 

DISCUSSION (cont.)

A letter was received from the NJDOT regarding any historic significance or site in the area of the Route 130 and South River Road intersection. HPAC felt that the project area outlined in the letter was not near or within any historic resources.

Diane made a suggestion to reformat the minutes to record the address, block and lot and attendees for each application in the meeting minutes. The minutes for each application will also include the vote of each member of HPAC.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe, seconded by Kate McConnell, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 10:00 pm.

 

CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY

I, Undersigned, do hereby certify;

That I am duly acting secretary of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission and,

That the foregoing minutes, of the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, held on August 2, 2005, consisting of 3 pages, constitutes a true and correct copy of the minutes of the said meeting.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto do subscribe, my name of said Historic Preservation Advisory Commission this August 30, 2005.

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary