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 May 3, 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 January 4, 2005 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, and Bobbie Marlowe were present.  Harry Williams called to inform that he would be unable to attend.  Richard Stannard, Twp. Liaison, arrived 8:15 pm.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the April 19, 2005 meeting were reviewed, amended, and then approved.  A motion by Bobbie Marlowe to approve, seconded by Don Jo Swanagan, all were in favor.

 

CONCEPTUAL PLANS

            Rodney Henry of 19 Griggs Road, (B.53, L 26.01), attended to discuss his conceptual for the existing dwelling.  He would like to renovate the existing double garage and add on a double garage out on the west side, reusing the existing garage doors.  An exterior door and a window are planned for the new garage.  The driveway will be relocated to align with the new garage.  Proposed new windows would match the existing 2/2 double hung.  The proposed new siding will be a cement board.  Mr. Henry took the red line drawings to present to his architect to return with a completed application and the architectural drawings.

            Dana & Ray O’Brien, 16 Old Cranbury Road, are interested in adding a small addition to the existing ranch style home.  They are located in the buffer zone of the HD.  A proposed 18’ x 30’ addition will add on to the front of the home.  HPAC explained that scaled drawings stipulating size, material type, and building details would need submission.  It was explained to the homeowners the process of obtaining a building permit.  They have zoning approval.  Diane Stasi recused herself.

 

APPLICATIONS

            Application was received on April 29th for California Closets, 2666 Route 130 North (Simmons & Mount) Application states that the exterior of building will be renovated, using stucco and paint.  The roof will remain.  The windows will be replaced with new insulated vinyl windows.  The main entrance will be relocated to the south wall with a new aluminum storefront entry system.  A handicap ramp is proposed where the existing entrance is located.  HPAC feels that the exterior of this building is in keeping with the original character.  This application was discussed, reviewed and then approved by all.

Application received on April 28th was made by Frank McDonald, 6 Maplewood Ave. (B33,L30) for removal of existing siding and restore existing exposed wood siding.  Wooden shutters will be installed with hardware.  A new copper roof will be installed on the existing front porch, maintaining the built in gutter.  Other exterior finishes include replacing corner boards, water table, freize and rake boards, if beyond restorations.  All replaced components will duplicate original parts. HPAC feels the copper roof should be flat seamed.  It is also felt that if any details are uncovered, restoration should be dictated by what is uncovered and not just add any details without historical accuracy.  A condition of approval is to provide samples of details added, especially brackets.  HPAC discussed and approved this application with all in favor.

            Application was received on May 2nd for an addition to 3 Woodview Drive (B130.L23). Architectural and revised drawings were received at the same time.  Application states that the existing attached garage will be demolished, building a new garage with a room above.  After reviewing the plans, it was determined that the proposed addition mass height is not harmonious to the existing dwelling.  HPAC is requesting the secretary to invite the architect to the next meeting to discuss the drawings together.  Bobbie feels that Harry can offer much expertise and should be present when reviewing this application with architect.

            ZBA086-05 application for Sandra Majeski, 20 Ryan Rd., (B20.L44) for a variance to install a matching stockade fence as a neighbor that will extend the width of rear property that backs up to Route 130.  HPAC reviewed, discussed, and approved this application with all in favor.

 

DISCUSSION

            Don Jo expressed a concern regarding HPAC applications that are received at the last possible moment to Richard Stannard.  This does not allow enough time for a full review by HPAC.  He stated that Zoning and Planning have a cut off date prior to their scheduled meeting date.  It is felt that there should be a condition in the upcoming ordinance for this issue. 

            The Chapter 93 Ordinance has been delayed but will receive momentum when Trishka returns to work.

Richard Stannard of 41 South Main Street (Class C) inquired about replacing the existing windows in his home.  He explained that the windows are drafty and do not fully extend open.  He would like to replace them with energy efficient ones.  HPAC explained several options, which includes the fixing of the window weights or compounds that address wood deterioration due to weather conditions.  He will not replace them immediately.

Bobbie spoke with Joe Stonaker regarding 99 North Main Street.  The protocol is for Bobbie to contact Jeff Graydon, who will review the approved HPAC plans and if not in compliance, he will serve a notice of violation to the homeowners.  

An architectural historian will evaluate the Barclay South house.  The house was said to be in disrepair.  A question of how extensive the damage is to the stability of the structure and whether or not it can be restored/renovated.  The timing, cost and funding for the project are a consideration. The property is scheduled for a re-auction. 

 

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 9:30 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 May 3, 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 May 17, 2005.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary