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 April 20, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

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

 

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 January 6, 2004 of this meeting=s 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.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

Cynthia Hinson, Diane Stasi, Don Jo Swanagan, Harry Williams and Bobbie Marlowe Chairperson

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the April 6, 2004 meeting were reviewed and amended.  A motion to approved amended minutes by Bobbie, second by Cynthia, Don Jo in favor, while Diane and Harry abstained.

 

APPLICATIONS

            Phyllis Davison was present for the Hanna & Mason application.  This application was before the PB on April 15 where it was determined that the stockade fence was no longer in favor.  Tall shrubbery and landscaping was approved at that time.  The trash enclosure will be addressed for this application.  A proposed 6’ high X 8’ X 8’ trash enclosure was approved with the condition that it be vinyl smooth satin finish.  All were in favor.

            Mr. M. Hassonje was present to discuss his proposed amendments to previously approved plans.  He proposes to remove a single 9-pane window over the 2 bay garage and replace with two four pane windows.  Through discussion and questions it was determined that the presented plan did not represent an accurate detail of what the applicant wishes to install, note the interior walls fell in the window areas.   Harry Williams complimented the architect on the symmetry of this plan and suggested a casement window, which would match the existing windows.  Applicant was reluctant to commit to casement style.  HPAC requested that he return with an accurate drawing along with window details to the May 4 meeting.

Maximillian Hayden, architect for Dave & Rebecca Coles Stout, 39 South Main Street, Block 18, Lot 9, were all present to discuss a proposed addition for this Italianate home.  Many of the existing details such as the frieze brackets, eyebrow attic windows, pilaster on corners, siding, parget, windows and shutters will be reproduced and carried on thru to the proposed addition.  Much thought and care went into this proposed plan and HPAC was pleased to see such a beautiful addition to match the existing home.  It was noted that the Autocad made the proposed addition frieze thicker that the existing.  This was eliminated and the change was red lined onto the submitted plans.  Mr. Hayden will submit amended plans for the next HPAC meeting.  Conceptual drawings were approved.

John Corr, 99 North Main Street was present for discussion of ideas for the two 7’ gates, which will be located on street front property between the newly constructed garage and existing home.  He had presented a photo of an existing gate with a 50% exposure.  HPAC felt that this would be appropriate for his application.  Don Jo recommended that the hardware be taken into consideration.  Harry suggested that the possibility of painting the hardware also be considered.

The requested information for applicant Carol Vandercher, 128 Plainsboro Road, Block 25, Lot 37 was received.  HPAC reviewed this application for steps and handrails and approved. 

Application for Mr. & Mrs. A. Moutenot, 3 Wynnewood Drive, Block 23.01, Lot 2, for the Chesapeake style fence to be installed on the perimeter of the pool area.  This area cannot be seen from the street.  Application reviewed and approved by all.

Sean Deverin , 20  Maplewood Avenue has made application for siding on which he stated “vinyl side rear and two sides of structure with brushed type vinyl.  Front to have original clapboard restored or cement type material installed”.  It was stated that he should return to HPAC with his findings, and not stipulate an either/or situation in an application.  Secretary will call applicant and explain that HPAC prefers the clapboard option be fully investigated before any approvals be granted.  Don Jo stated that should years from now someone look at this application and read it the way it is written, one would be confused why it wasn’t approved immediately not knowing the thoughts and discussion pertaining to the situation. 

Application for Marion & Peter Mnych, 87 South Main Street, Block 19, Lot 7.01 made for the replacement of an existing bow window for a bay window.  Support brackets will hold the window in place removing the vertical siding.  Application reviewed and approved by all.

Tim Norland, 21 Ryan Road, Block 26, Lot 46 application made for vinyl siding.  This structure is not in the historic district.  Application reviewed and approved by all.

Application for Mr. & Mrs. Berkowsky, 167 North Main Street, Block 25, Lot 18.02, made for the removal of existing wood siding for vinyl siding.  This contempory style structure cannot be seen from the street.  Application reviewed and approved by all.

 

DISCUSSION

 Mayor Stannard provided insight regarding the proposed Chapter 93, which he believes is with Michele Donato.  After her review, it will go to Trishka.  Harvey Moskowitz reviewed this document without HPAC asking.  His charges for this review should be charged to Planning Board.  It was relayed to Mayor Stannard that HPAC would like to be consulted should there be any conceptual changes.  He stipulated that Chapter 93 is a priority for Township Committee in 2004.

            Bobbie welcomed Harry Williams, the newest member to HPAC, who comes with a builders background.  HPAC is pleased to have Harry on board to help with their decisions.  Harry relayed that he felt that some items are of importance.  It was agreed that all members have their passion for an area of preservation.  He may find his experiences in Cranbury could help him on while sitting on the Crosswicks board.

            Several past interesting applications were discussed with Harry.  22 South Main Street was one in particular.  Secretary called Jeff Graydon to make him aware of the window trim issue.  After speaking with him, a photo copy of the approved application was left in his mail box.  He will keep an attentive eye on this applicant as the work progresses.

            Cynthia Hinson will be leaving the HPAC shortly.  Bobbie Marlowe will call Richard Grubb to ask of his interest serving on HPAC.  Richard owns a local historic archaeology firm, which makes him a fine candidate for the Class A replacement. 

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 9:30 pm.  A motion by Cynthia Hinson, second by Diane Stasi, all are in favor.

 

CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY

I, the Undersigned, do hereby certify;

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

That the foregoing minutes, of the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, held on April 20, 2004, 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 May 5, 2004.

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary