MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

HISTORIC PRESERVATION ADVISORY COMMISSION

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 July 6, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, Bobbie Marlowe, Chair of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, called the meeting to order and acted as the Chairman thereof, and, Linda M. Scott, acted as Secretary of the meeting. 

 

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 7, 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

Richard Grubb, Diane Stasi, DonJo Swanagan, and Bobbie Marlowe, Chair.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the June 15, 2004 meeting were reviewed and amended, motion to approve by Bobbie Marlow, second by DonJo Swanagan, all in favor. 

 

APPLICATIONS

            Contractor Bill Laffey was present to discuss the application to side an out building at the Saul Funeral Home, 22 North Main Street.  Application was made to match the existing vertical siding on the south and west side of a rear “barn” that has been converted to a dwelling.  This barn is located in the Historic District.  HPAC felt that permitting the proposed siding to match the existing would help visually define this out building.  HPAC recommends the trim work stand out from the siding, building out if necessary to maintain that look.  Trim work includes the windows, doors, all corner trim and overhangs.  Application approved, all in favor. 

            The Elms of Cranbury, Anita M. Dietrick owner, ZBA046-02; is following up with their proposed addition.  HPAC reviewed this application and made memo to the Zoning Board on March 11, 2003 requesting items that needed attention.  Architect Wolfgang Rapp & Assoc. of Spring House, PA, were present to discuss these issues.  Plans with specification details were previously submitted so HPAC could review.  All proposed materials, roof, railings, columns, doors, windows, trim, and siding will be the same as existing.  It was stated that extensive landscaping will be performed after the addition.  The plans were approved and stamped, one copy each for Planning and HPAC file, two copies will be forwarded to the Construction Department.

            An application was submitted for Mustafa Hussanjee, of 132 Plainsboro Road.  It was stated that the owners would like to amend the structure to give this contemporary structure a farmhouse façade to in keeping with other homes in the area.  Architect Vijay Kale Architects and Mr. Jamali

were present to discuss the proposed changes.  Bobbie Marlowe distributed a color photo of the structure as it looked on Friday July 2.  It was obvious that the approved plans of May 18, 2004 did not match the lines of the photo dated July 2, 2004.  A skylight has been installed with out HPAC approval.  The windows above the garage for the bathroom have been altered also.  Mr. Jamali stated that this was done per Construction Dept. request for the egress requirements.  It was felt that the egress would have been met if a same sized casement window was installed.  The approved brick has been changed for an 8” smooth cement board on all four sides including all trim and windows on the structure.  The second floor round window and the decorative round window accents will be removed.  A roofed front porch has been added but has been amended to a shed roof.  The front porch door with side light and transom over the door should be one unit.  With all the style changes and the existing structure not built as approved, it was suggested that this applicant return with scaled drawings of the front and sides elevations.  Applicant will return on July 20.

Application made by Daryll Stevenson for an update on the previously approved fence at 54 Old Trenton Road.  The previously approved fence design was denied by the Zoning Officer.  This amended fence style was approved by HPAC, all in favor.

 

 

DISCUSSION

            A brief discussion of the Approval Requirements (V7.0 4-10-2004) which was printed in the quarterly newsletter states that “and only for those elements of the construction that have the potential to be viewed by the public”.  According to the ordinance, section 93-6 it states that actions that can be viewed by public within the Historic District.  Secretary emailed the Zoning Officer regarding this issue with no reply. 

            Approved minutes of the March 11 Planning Board meeting discussing the pending Chapter 93 was distributed to keep HPAC abreast of the timeline.  HPAC is looking forward to discussing the amendments with the required departments and staying within the assigned scheduled time frame.

            Secretary will supply Richard with the Historic District map, the Guidelines and the pending ordinance.  Bobbie explained some of the changes in the pending ordinance.  The elimination of the buffer zone while meeting the Municipal Land Use Law and the necessity to come before HPAC is triggered by a building permit, are two examples of change in the pending ordinance.  There is the contiguous addition of the Historic District which will along the southern portion of Brainerd Lake.  

            On July 2nd, Bobbie, Diane, DonJo and Mrs. Danser who lives at 147 Plainsboro Rd. met to photograph this home.  To meet the requirements a dwelling must have architectural significance, pictures, maps and a historical background will need to be submitted with a cover letter to the state. The Major Farm, as it has been discovered, will hopefully be granted a façade easement to this well preserved dwelling. 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe , seconded Richard Grubb, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 9:45 pm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 July, 6, 2004, consisting of 3 pages, constitute a true and correct copy of the minutes of the said meeting.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name of said Historic Preservation Advisory Commission this July _________-, 2004.

 

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary