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 July 19, 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, Harry Williams and Chairperson Bobbie Marlowe, were present. 

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the June 21, 2005 meeting were reviewed, amended and then approved.  A motion by Bobbie Marlowe to approve, seconded by DonJo Swanagan, all were in favor. Harry recused himself.

 

DISCUSSION

            Sal Golisano, contractor for homeowners, Betsy and Tim Norland of 89 North Main Street (B28,L8) were present for discussion of the submitted two conceptual proposals.  Homeowner prefers the #2 proposal.  Proposed is a kitchen addition to the rear (west) of existing house without the porch or a second floor extension.   Proposed roof will have a slight slant.  The rear door details will need refining.  After discussion of the details, this application will return and be reviewed on August 16, with complete drawings.  

            Sal Golisano, contractor for 17 Prospect St. (B23,L31) was present   for conceptual drawings.  Proposed are replacement casement windows with simulated divided lights for the front bay window.  The existing side door entrance taken out and moved to a proposed mudroom addition to the rear of house.  The casement windows on the south elevation, will be replaced with two divided light casement windows.  These two windows will be located on one end of the existing house. Due to the large size of the house, it was suggested that an architectural element be incorporated to help balance the windows.  Sal will work on these suggestions and return on August 16.

               Joanne Guerrara and Doug Ratcliff of American Properties were present to discuss conceptuals for a proposed bank and restaurant to be located on Block 6, Lot 14.03.  The architectural style duplicates their existing next-door neighbor, Marriott Residence Inn.  Photos were submitted of a bank located in Hopewell, NJ, which will be replicated using the same builder, with the exception of the second floor, at this location. A bronze-metal roof will flank the drive thru, timberline shingles on the main structure, the exterior moulding will be wrapped white aluminum with a cement board and brick siding.  HPAC was fine with this style.   The restaurant exterior wall

 

mimics the bank, using  cement board.  The front is to face Route 130.  The South River Road will have a landscaped berm and the trash will be enclosed. The two signs are compatible with the Residence Inn.  HPAC finds the presented conceptual drawings to be in keeping with the surrounding buildings.  Applications will be drawn for the DRC meeting on August  4th.  HPAC will submit a memo to the Planning/Zoning Dept. stating that they reviewed the architectural drawings.  It is requested that if the developer makes changes to the drawings, they must come before HPAC for approval on the changes.                                  

 

APPLICATIONS

            Tom Ingegneri was present to discuss changes to his previously approved Cranbury Inn addition.  He stated that “service” door will be removed, the siding on the east elevation kitchen will be horizontal, differentiating this from the addition.  The large picture window has been moved to jut out and has been changed to stationary.  The windows were raised a couple inches so they were at seat level from the outside.  Tom is also seeking approval for the garage base to apply masonry veneer that will match the addition.  The two garage doors will be three sections but give the appearance as one piece.  There will be a cross buck on front and windows on the very top portion.  HPAC approved these changes, which were highlighted on drawing A6.   

The Presbyterian Church proposes raising two bays on an existing 3 bay and a 1 man door free standing garage.   The plan is to remove and raise 2 bays to one larger and wider bay.  An additional man door is proposed for installion next to this bay.  HPAC reviewed and approved this application, all in favor.

            Application made for Ken Griffin of 1 Silvers Lane, (B26.01.L29.23) for the building of a roof over the existing patio in the rear of his home.  HPAC reviewed this application and approved, all in favor.  

Application was made by Sara Wang, Hot Wok Café, 57 North Main St., (B23,L57.01) for the signage that will be placed on the front of this structure.  The length of sign will measure 120”, height measures 36”, HOT WOK CAFE measures 6”, at Cranbury measures 4”.  The lettering now conforms to code.  HPAC reviewed and approved this application, all in favor.

            Sofia Milner of 27 Bodine Drive (B1807,L16) was in attendance to present her application for installation of a shed that will installed at the head of the existing driveway.  HPAC reviewed and approved this application.

 

NEW BUSINESS

A letter was received from NJDOT regarding a proposed right hand turn on Rt. 130 SB and Old Trenton Road Extension.  HPAC will respond stating that this project has no effect on the historic district.   

            Michele Donato comments of Review Draft 13 of Chapter 93 generated discussion.  Kate states that State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) should be Historic Preservation Office (HPO) that encompasses the entire office.  Kate also stated that definitions of building, structure, district, object, etc. should be listed in the ordinance.   A structure is defined as something that does not house human activity, unlike a building that does. Whether or not the demolition permit should allow certain circumstances will be addressed. There will a meeting on July 20 regarding Chapter 93 with Michele, Trishka, Joe Stonaker, and Bobbie.       

            Bobbie signed a purchase order for payment to Michele Donato.

 

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.

 

 

 

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 July 19, 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 2, 2005.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary