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 November 1, 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 Committee, 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 September 20, 2005 were reviewed, motion to approve as corrected by Diane Stasi, seconded by Bobbie Marlowe, with all in favor.

The minutes of October 4, 2005 meeting were reviewed and amended.  Motion to approve made by Bobbie Marlow, seconded by Kate McConnell, all if favor, with the exception of Harry Williams, who did not vote.

 

APPLICATIONS

            29 Station Road, (B36,L9) in Surround Zone; Mr. Kline, father of homeowner, returned to discuss the amended changes to the proposed addition.  After the October 18 meeting there much communication between homeowner and HPAC regarding the preliminary plans of October 14 being reviewed, revised and discussed.  These comments along with the hand drawn revisions by HPAC were faxed to the homeowner and the architect on October 24 and updated drawings were received October 27 for review.  Mr. Kline informed HPAC that the windows on left side garage elevation and right side breezeway would be removed.  DonJo expressed that on paper the proposed house has a different sense of scale of a bigger house, whereas the existing house is not a big wide present day type of façade, it’s more petite.  With all the changes and elements, Don Jo says that it fits together and does not shock the neighborhood.  Harry feels that the two different styles of triple windows along with the single windows as drawn, does not work.  Diane expressed that details are lacking on the drawings.  Discussion ensued regarding the conditions for the proposed, which should include vents on gable ends only, details of gables on façade, gable shingles (show a sample of product) and brushed clapboard.  Additional details needed for final approval are the windowsills and triple windows mullions, front porch columns, gutters, no vent pipes visible from front.  A final suggestion for a more conventional pattern for roof shingle-the proposed style which does not mix well with fish scale shingles.  The existing brick chimney is for a fireplace, not for the furnace.  This application was approved with the stated

 

conditions; a letter of approval will be generated when the updated drawings indicating the details have been received.             

            8 Westminster Avenue, (B9,L31) in Historic District;  Mr. Bill Gittings and Larry Bencze were present to discuss the proposed structure and landscape plan. The conceptual drawing of the proposed garden structure will have vertical cedar siding with small-simulated divided lite windows, a standing seam metal roof and pergolas over the double doors on the west and south elevation.  A stone foundation and a stone chimney are proposed.  Larry explained that the existing shed would be moved to another area onto the neighboring lot and that the two lots would work together. There will be several steps up to the lot, which has a higher elevation, incorporating a lawn panel and pergolas on the garden structure.  The plan is to landscape, screening from view, the neighboring properties and street.  There will be large evergreen shrubs, some existing, (Manhattan euonymus) with a nice shrubbery exposure for the streetscape.  DonJo raised an issue that no stone chimneys exist in the Historic District.  Diane has a concern that new auxiliary structure may be constructed close to the street for being in the HD.  Bill explained the proposed window changes on the existing house (6 Westminster); the enclosed porch (sunroom) will have the windows replaced to be more in keeping with the home and new garden structure.  The conceptual was reviewed, discussed and approved (conceptual only), detail plans will be submitted.

            25 Park Place West, (B23,L46) In Historic District;  Homeowner Bill Gittings was present to discuss his emergency re-roofing application.  Shingles have blown off leaving exposed areas for water to seep in.  The replacement roof shingles will be Timberline Ultra.  HPAC approved this application with all in favor.

            16 Old Cranbury Road, (B19,L7) In Surround Zone; Homeowner Dana O’Brien was present to explain the amendment to her previously approved application of June 7, 2007.  Proposed is to use real brick that will not wrap around the corners. The real brick will replace the approved brick veneer on the exterior of addition.  The front (west) and side of the south annex (facing north) will have brick.  The amended application was approved by all.   Harry Williams recused himself-he was not present for the original application.  Diane Stasi recused herself.

            18 Liedtke Drive, (B21,L4.04)  in Surround Zone; Homeowner Anthony Pelle was present for discussion of a fireplace chimney stack application.  The fireplace box will extend 20” under the enclosed rear porch.  The chimneystack will run internally of the house, extending 2’ from roof in rear of home.  The stack will be black galvanized piping.  The application was reviewed, and then approved with all in favor.

 

DISCUSSION

Several months ago, A.S. Cole/Saul Funeral Parlor expressed an interest to change the rear double garden entrance doors.  Some of HPAC viewed the existing garden entrance doors and gave thoughts of the submitted door styles from a supplied catalog.  The owner and builder have taken this suggestion into account.  Recently, the builder call to inform HPAC the front door swing must change due to current fire regulations and would like to match  the suggested rear style.  HPAC felt that these doors are not in keeping for the front of the this colonial style building.  These doors are fine for a rear door entrance.   It is felt that the existing door, a 9 lite 2 panel, style remain.  Secretary will relay this information to the builder.

Bobbie reported that the Chapter 93 Subcommittee worked out the “should’ and “shall” issues.   Some items did not conform to the MLUL, but have been rectified.  Synthetic siding was another item that was addressed.  Slight change stipulates that this siding may be used on new construction and new additions.  Secondly, synthetic siding may be used to resurface existing historic structures only if the area to be resided is not visible from the public street.  Third, on existing structures, synthetic shall be approved only if the following conditions are met: the substitute siding will not endanger the condition or structure of the building and installed without damaging, obscuring or covering any architectural features or trim of the building.  Fourth, when the use of synthetic siding is permitted the material should match the original in size, profile, scale, texture and kind for the Historic District.  Bobbie stated that there was a concern that a product should not be mentioned or be so rigid on new construction.  There was much discussion regarding synthetic siding, new construction and public street.  HPAC feels that synthetic siding can be used on stand alone construction.  Second condition is that synthetic siding can be used on additions to historic construction only when not visible from a public street, leaving the existing as is. 

The 2006 meeting dates were reviewed and approved with all in favor.  The clerk will be notified of these approved dates.

Bobbie Marlowe signed the current purchase order and invoice reflecting HPAC charges from Michele Donato for payment.

George Conley brought in samples from the Township of Hopewell Guidelines.  These brochures are helpful to the residents who wish to pursue renovations for home.  They were prepared and financed with federal funds.  HPAC feels that these brochures may be helpful to Cranbury residents. 

           

 

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 at 10:25 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 November 1, 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 December 6, 2005.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary