MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

The regular meeting of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Commission was held at the Town Hall, Cranbury, New Jersey, on April 4, 2006 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, 2006 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, Chair Bobbie Marlowe called the meeting to order, and Linda M. Scott, Secretary for the Commission, performed as Secretary.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

Kate McConnell, Diane Stasi, Alana Stops, Harry Williams and Chair Bobbie Marlowe were present.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of March 21, 2005 meeting were reviewed and amended.  A motion was made by Diane Stasi to accept the minutes as amended, second by Bobbie Marlowe, with all in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

            2 Evans Drive,  (B33,L40) In Historic District, Class K;  Owners Mr. & Mrs. Stave and Architect, Mr. Bill Gittings were present for revisions of the application dated March 1, 2006.  Proposed is a 10’ x 10’ rear addition to the rear of an existing two-story center hall colonial house with two one-story wings off each end.  The existing east wing has wooden balustrades and railing on a sloped copper roof.  Updated drawings (A-1 & 2, dated April 4,2006) of the proposed plan will duplicate the railing upon a flat seam copper roof.  The existing door and transom will be reused and centered with new 6/1 windows that will have the same muntin spacing as the 4/1 windows on the east side of the proposed addition.  These side 4/1 windows are narrower to allow for interior space.  All exterior trim and siding will match existing.  HPC questioned, discussed and reviewed this application with those present.  Harry feels this house has nice symmetry with the two annex wings and the proposed addition will be an appendage to this massive dwelling.  He expressed that there may be a better solution internally to work in a washer/dryer area than to put an addition.  Bill Gittings stated that he felt the same but after examining the interior, it was best to add the proposed addition.  Verbal vote call to approve the application as presented:

            Ayes: Ms. Marlowe, Ms. McConnell, Ms. Stasi and Ms. Stops

            Nay:   Mr. Williams

 

            10 Park Place, (B32,L21) In Historic District; Class C+;  Marty Coffey was present for a discussion of a conceptual proposed addition onto the rear of this existing Greek Revival house.  Proposed is to remove an existing west side concrete covered porch and columns and replace with a window.  HPC feels that the existing porch element has attained an historical significance of its own and retention should be seriously considered.  A new porch will be situated in the proposed

 

addition, close to the existing house.    HPC reviewed and discussed the submitted elevation and feels it is lacking details as present.  This is a significant and rare architectural home in Cranbury.  HPC would like to discuss the addition and details with the homeowner.  No action was taken and will be placed on the next agenda.  Diane Stasi had recused herself from any discussion regarding this application.

           

101 Plainsboro Road, (B28,L18.01) In Historic District, Class C:  Harry Williams, contractor for homeowner was present for discussion of the removal of existing side (east) stairs and porch for the incorporation of a porch deck.  The existing gable roof will be replaced with a hipped roof to match the front elevation.  Proposed roofing materials will be a copper flat seam on the front screen porch, side porch and the street side of the previously approved addition.  Fiberglass shingles will be placed on the remaining roof.  Submitted elevations were date stamped and approved.  Vote call to approve this application as presented and discussed:

            Ayes:   Ms. Marlowe, Ms. McConnell, Ms. Stasi and Ms. Stops.

            Abstained: Mr. Williams

 

DISCUSSION

Kate updated everyone about the barns.  She is in the process of completing a matching grant application.  Alana has agreed to help Kate with this process.  Kate is concerned that a preservation plan from a consultant will be needed with application submission.  She spoke with her collegue/contact who informed her that the grant is very competitive, and the NJ Trust may be looking for a good preservation plan.  A few years back, the Historical Society (CHPS) received a grant for renovation of the Grist Miller’s house, which is favorable.  Kate will review this original grant application for guidance.  The barn offers a different feel for the grant application whereas many applicants apply for churches.

The Lions Club have expressed their interest to help rehab the barns.  Lion Mike Kaiser is a local contractor whose expertise will be invaluable has volunteered his time.  The historic barn purchased in 2004 is in storage and may be included to locate it in the Barn Park.  It will need a foundation, siding and a roof.

Bobbie Marlowe received a call from a citizen regarding the string rope lights wrapped around the tree in front of the pizza parlor.  Diane read the definition of a Streetscape from the new ordinance.  It is felt that this public tree is not under HPCs jurisdiction and should be a Shade Tree Commission issue. 

Secretary found on the NJDEP SHPO website a listing of several historic sites but is not aware of the locations.  It was felt that these sites should be included on the HPC historic district map or inventory.  Kate will investigate the list for further details.

The Corr appeal has no update (99 North Main Street).  This situation occurred under the old ordinance so Mr. Brennan, his attorney, appeals to the Township Committee.  The current ordinance states that appeals go before the Zoning Board.

            The Certificate of Approval is still a work in progress.  HPC will submit their suggestions and ideas to update this form.

A few members from HPC met in Village Park to view a temporary crane that was erected to the height of a cell tower that will be located across Rt. 130.  It was felt that this would not be too intrusive, especially when the leaves fill in on the trees.  Sprint is the cell tower contractor. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 9:30 pm.

 

 

CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY

I, Undersigned, do hereby certify;

That I am duly acting secretary of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Commission and,

That the foregoing minutes, of the Historic Preservation Commission, held on April 4, 2006, 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 Commission this April 21, 2006.

 

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary