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 18, 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

Diane Stasi, Don Jo Swanagan and Bobbie Marlowe Chairperson.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the May 4, 2004 meeting were reviewed, amended and then approved.  A motion by Diane Stasi, second by Don Jo Swanagan, all in favor. 

 

APPLICATIONS

            Mr. Jamali was present for the 132 Plainsboro Road (Block 25, Lot 39) window issue.  Three sets of updated plans were received on May 14, 2004.  Window detail sheets were presented at the HPAC meeting.  Several specific windows pertaining to this structure were highlighted.  Secretary will forward this information to the construction dept.  After discussion and review of the plans, the window and front living room bump out roofline were approved.  Spec sheet for the wooden front door will be produced.

            Sue Carter of 18 Station Road, (Block 18, Lot 16) came to discuss a proposed tear down and replace addition to the rear of existing structure.  The front and original portion, built approximately 1860, will not be altered.  The newer rear portion of this structure is deteriorating and will need a stable foundation.  The sketches show a one-story addition with a shed roofline with front rakes on the extending sides.  The same plot plan is planned with the exception of squaring off the southeast corner.  Anderson 400 series with wide snap in grilles are proposed.  HPAC questioned a window that will be seen from the public on the northwesterly side and explained to owner the importance of using the best of all the existing windows that will be replaced in this location.  She feels that all windows because of their condition and contractor say so, will need replacing.  After much discussion, HPAC offered to discuss this application with her contractor, who will attend the June 1 meeting.  Secretary will copy plot plan and forward to Jeff Graydon, Zoning Officer.  HPAC requested detail drawings of the windows, doors and trim. 

            Architect Bill Gittings along with Mr. & Mrs. Nissen were present to discuss preliminary plans for 14 Evans Dr. (B33, L46).  This existing 2-floor structure has a plate height of 5’4”.  The proposal includes raising the height to 7’4”.  The board and batten exterior, if not salvageable, will be replaced with same style using cement board.  This non-historic structure will use the same footprint.  The conceptual plans are fine with the two HPAC members who heard the details.  Bobbie recused herself.  Architect and homeowners will be back in two weeks with a formal application. 

            George Conley, returning application, delivered the requested information from a prior meeting.  The information for the window, door, porch, and fence was reviewed and found to be complete.  A note was added, that the fence diagram on the plot plan in the front yard can be no more that 3’ in height.  All in favor, application approved.

            Application and plan for Mr. & Mrs. McMahon, 6 Handley Ct. (B18.03, L27) for construction of a proposed covered patio.  The plans and application were reviewed and approved.  All in favor.

            Application and plans for Fredrick Young, 21 Silvers Lane, (B26, L29.07) for a 12’ X 20’ pool shed to be placed in rear yard.  Application and specs were reviewed and approved.  All in favor.

            Application for Mr. & Mrs. Mnych, 87 South Main St. (B19, L7.01) is made for fencing primarily the rear yard.  Diane lives next to the applicant and thought it would best to recuse herself.  A decision could not be determined, due to lack of quorum and this item will be on the next HPAC agenda.

 

DISCUSSION

Diane volunteered to write an article for the next newsletter.  Secretary expressed that there are many fences proposed in town that are not coming to HPAC for review.  The residents in the historic district should be aware regarding the criteria for HPAC review.

Bobbie relayed that she had a conversation with Dan Goldberg of 42 North Main Street.  He feels that the cedar siding looks awful and is not in good condition.  HPAC reviewed this application on March 16, approving cement board on the sides and rear of structure.  Original siding should remain on the front faηade.  DonJo noticed after the removal of the aluminum siding that the window frame trim is not in the best condition.  He states that the first floor windows are taller than the second floor.  The uncovered original siding has waves and an original bracketed hood; both add interest and character to this structure. 

            Bobbie informed the Committee that a timeline has been established, which she forwarded to the secretary.  This information will be sent to HPAC in the next packet. 

            Chip Wright of 156 North Main Street, made an impromptu stop before the HPAC meeting regarding information of a demolition permit for two outbuildings on his property.  According to the Heritage Studies, there are two outbuildings on this site, which are regarded as contributing.  DonJo informed him of the process stating that the demolition process can be delayed up to one year.  Since this site is listed for real-estate sale, he informed Chip that any future owner could apply for a demo permit but must apply to HPAC first.  HPAC would be eager to work with any owner for relocation of these contributing outbuildings.  Secretary will call the listing agent and inform her of this along with the fact that any exterior changes to the main structure will need discussion with HPAC.

 

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 Diane Stasi, second by Bobbie Marlowe, all are in favor.


 

CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY

I, 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 May 18, 2004, consisting of 2 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 June 1, 2004.

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary