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 September 7, 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 August 17, 2004 meeting were reviewed and amended, motion to approve by Bobbie Marlow, second by DonJo Swanagan, all in favor. 

 

DISCUSSION

            Eagle Scout Gregory Bredariol of Troop 252 was present to discuss his project proposal that would benefit the West Property.  He would like to install a post and rail fence that would run parallel to the stone driveway between Main Street and the driveway near West Barn.  The style of fence was chosen due its rustic style and an existing fence on adjacent property.  This fence would also prevent vehicles from riding on the grass.  The rails are easy to remove should parking be needed.  HPAC asked several questions and addressed concerns.  With satisfying answers, this project was approved.  Letter will be sent to Greg stating HPAC approval was obtained.

            Eric Abbey owner of 50 Maplewood Avenue, was present to discuss the proposed changes to this tiny two story frame dwelling.  He is very interested in retaining the look of this house and is interested in raising the roof line to accommodate his height.  The first floor ceiling is approximately 7’8”, second floor ceiling center peak is lower than 6’5”.  He would like to raise the second floor approximately 3’.  He would like to re-use the existing first floor 2/2 windows.  DonJo expressed the historic difference of the second floor windows, which were usually smaller in size than first floor windows.  Currently, there are 6/6 windows on the second floor.  The other windows are not high priority, but would like to have them framed as existing with a true sill.  Removal of the enclosed porch will bring it back to look of the original.  Railings were discussed and were said not necessary as long as the elevation is less that 30” above ground level.  The new porch posts will be scaled and design be properly placed.  Porch floor is wooden, but may need to have some boards replaced due to damaged. 

            Eric likes the look of original cedar on front façade.  He states that most of the wooden clapboard is of short “scrap” pieces.  Eric agreed to investigate the feasibility of cement board.  DonJo expressed that the side of dwelling have delineation lines from the old and new.  The chimney could serve as a demarcation line on the north side.  Chimney will need to be heightened, but the bricks will be matched as best as possible.  HPAC informed Eric of several example homes on Maplewood Ave. that have gone through a transition and suggested that he view them.  Historic preservation of the old structure is HPAC’s concern.  Bump out on north elevation on the new addition will accommodate the bath room.  Eric stated that the front door may not be original and is damaged.  HPAC suggested that keeping or repairing this door be entertained.  Roofing materials will be investigated.  Tin roofs were not original materials when a house was built.  Products of siding, dimension of all trim, columns, foundation façade, and overhangs including materials all around the structure should be addressed by the time application is made. 

            Demolition of shed is through HPAC, then to construction.  HPAC will need to stop by this site and look at the shed.  Eric is eager to start the foundation portion and start this process before the weather is not in his favor.

            Linda Bowker of Bunker Hill was present to express her dismay of the recently built new dwelling near her property.  She has several issues which include cracks on the interior of her house, water spilling into her basement, and the unsightly view of her neighbors’ garage.  She is disappointed that HPAC allowed such an “unsympathetic monstrosity” with ill regard to the surrounding environment and community.  HPAC informed her that this dwelling was built within the appropriate zoning regulations.  HPAC did encourage Ms. Bowker to attend the TC meetings so she could express her concerns regarding the FAR and elevations on new structures in the Historic District.

 

APPLICATIONS

Application was made for Zeno & Ilyop Kim, 175 North Main Street for the installation of a deck to the rear of the existing structure.  Application was reviewed and approved.

Application was made for Chi M. Li, 15 Chamberlin Court for the installation of a deck to the rear of the existing structure.  Application was reviewed and approved.

An emergency application was made for Thomas P. Weidner, 28 North Main Street for the re-roofing on the rear of existing structure.  Shingles will match existing.  Application was reviewed and approved.

 

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 September 7, 2004, consisting of 2 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 September 21, 2004.

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary