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 September 6, 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 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.

 

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 Chairperson Bobbie Marlowe, were present.  Harry Williams was not present.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the August 23, 2005 meeting were reviewed, amended and then approved.  A motion by Diane Stasi to approve, seconded by Kate McConnell, all were in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

            139 Plainsboro Road, Block 23, Lot 19; In Surround Zone.  Homeowners Robin George & Deepa Jose were present to discuss several proposed changes to their existing ranch style home.  Proposed to the back of house will be a deck that is to be situated so that access may be permitted from the main living level of house.  Proposed materials are redwood posts railings per drawings, Ipe (Brazilian wood) for flooring, and pressure treated yellow pine for the structure.  Below the decking is an existing access for the lower level of the house which will not be enclosed according to homeowners.  An Anderson sliding glass door will replace an existing window for entry to deck.  Copper-coated ½ round gutters will replace existing with leaders on each end.  The gutters will be applied to the front and rear of house.   A 3’ vinyl picket fence, 3’ vinyl post & rail, and a 4’ vinyl post & rail fences are proposed for various areas on the property.  A concrete block retaining wall is proposed next to existing driveway.  HPAC feels that the different proposed style of each proposed project do not compliment each other.  It is a request that the homeowners reconsider the style and materials on the existing house with the style and materials of the proposed.  HPAC did approve the deck, gutters with leaders and the sliding door.   The fences and retaining concrete wall will be given further consideration with a return trip to HPAC for approval.

18 Maplewood Avenue, Block 33, Lot 23; (ZBA095-05) In Historic District (C/C-).  Marty Coffey was present, returning with amended addition plans to existing house.  The details indicate 1” x 4” frieze and corner boards, 12” soffit, window molding will match existing, cement siding on the proposed addition, and Anderson patio doors and windows.  The side door next to driveway will be a 9 light entry door with a stoop and overhang and columns to match the front porch.   The roof will have Timberline shingles with the pitch matching the existing front.   This application was reviewed and approved by all.

                       

            22 Maplewood Ave., (Block 33,Lot 21); In Historic District (C).  Owner Brian Deverin presented the renovation project to this building.  Owner stated that he removed all the interior plastered walls and windows.  There is no insulation.   This application involves re-roofing entire structure, adding a rear porch that will wrap around to the north side of structure, a separate standing prefab garage, restore or replace windows, rebuild front porch and restore or replace siding.  GAF Ultraline Dimensional shingles is proposed for the re-roofing project.   According to the supplied photos, this structure seems to be in good shape, showing the original wood siding and shutters.  There are no windows in any photos.  Owner would like to replace windows, stating that the only occupants living in this structure were squirrels and such.  They have gnawed the wood, making it not feasible to repair.  After much discussion and review, this application was approved for re-roofing, repairing and repainting of the wood siding, repair or replace and detail in kind on the front porch, tongue and groove flooring, and the horizontal lattice.  Original shutters will be hung on hardware.  The garage, as presented is not correctly stated.  According to Mr. Deverin, the size will be 16’ x 42’.  The garage, side porch and windows will be determined after more information has been received.  HPAC and Brian Deverin will set an appointment at a mutual time for all to preview this property. 

            19 Griggs Rd., (B26.01,L53); In Surround Zone.  Homeowner Rodney Henry was present for his proposal of enclosing his existing garage into a room.  The exterior siding and the two proposed windows will match existing.  This is the extent of work that will be done according to the application, which was approved by all.

            40 Station Rd., (B18,L38) In Historic District (C+).  Contractor Frank McDonald and homeowners Linda & Jim Golubieski were present.  This application is returning with details that lacked from the previous meeting.  Proposed is to construct a sunroom on an existing foundation on the east side of house.  Approximately 20 years ago, there was a sunroom on this foundation, which was demolished. On the west side of house, a mudroom is proposed.  This will enclose an existing side porch.  Simulated divided wood casement windows will be in the sunroom.  Simulated divided wood double hung windows will be in the mudroom.  All exterior casing and sills will match existing windows.  Sunroom will have a simulated divided light wood French door with a wood wood screen door.  Mudroom will have a half glass wood door with a wood screen door.  The siding will be cedar clapboard.  All shutters will be on hanging hardware.  This application and plans were reviewed and approved by all.

            23 Stockton Drive, (B18.01,L11) In Surround Zone.   Homeowners Mr. & Mrs. Petrosini were present for this returning application.  The requested information from past meetings was received today, September 8, 2005 that did not allow HPAC to review details.  Karyn Petrosini discussed the proposed details to all members.  She states that the stone façade will come to edge of window frame, no wooden trim or shutters will be installed around windows.  Windows 6/6 will be replaced with new windows.  Three (3’x5’) dormers are proposed for the roof that will be centered between the five front second floor windows.  The roof will be re-roofed during this time.  The garage front will have new vinyl siding.  Front door vestibule will be sided with the stone veneer and the existing double door will be changed to a single entry door with sidelights.  Stone will turn corner of house approximately 4”.  This application was discussed, reviewed and approved by all.

            91 North Main St., (B28,L7) In Historic District.  Application made by Michael & Sandra Cargill for a 5’ tall three rail split fence with a black wire mesh to be installed on the back side of proposed fence.  This fence style is the same as existing neighbors.  This application was reviewed and approved by all.

            7 Holmes Rd.,  (B39,L3) In Surround Zone.  This application was reviewed as conceptual at a previous HPAC meeting.  Elevation plans have been received showing the discussed changes from that meeting.  Application and plans were reviewed and approved by all.

           

 

 

DISCUSSION

            Hot Wok Café appears to have installed a sign with lettering larger than HPAC approved.  DonJo states that according to the attached approved application the lettering will be less than the maximum allowed size.  Secretary will send the findings of non-conforming font size signage to the zoning officer for action.

            Bobbie asked about the Corr application.  She states that it seems that there is much confusion on the time limit for filing for an appeal.  Secretary informed HPAC that she spoke with Joe Stonaker today.  Time limit is 10 days from the publication date of decision, which has past.  Mr. Stonaker stated that he would discuss this issue with Trishka Waterbury.  Secretary spoke with John Corr today; he plans to appeal to the Township Committee regarding roof pitch.  Mr. Corr will also come before HPAC with a fence application that recently received zoning approval.  The NJSA 40:55D-17 appeal process applies to HPAC. 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made by DonJo Swanagan, seconded by Bobbie Marlowe, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 10:05 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 September 6, 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 __________, 2005.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary