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 18, 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 April 4, 2006 meeting were reviewed and amended.  A motion was made by Bobbie Marlowe to accept the minutes as amended, second by Diane Stasi, with all in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

            8 Westminster Place,  (B31,L9) In Historic District;  Homeowner, Emily Goodfellow, was present for discussion of proposed fencing on the southern/eastern border.  Approximately 50’ on the south and approximately 43’ will have fencing installed along the east property lines.  The fence will be a square picket red cedar 2” 50%, 5’ high in style.  Verbal vote call to approve the application as presented:

            Ayes:   Ms. Marlowe, Ms. McConnell, Ms. Stasi, Ms. Stops, Mr. Williams

 

            50 Maplewood Avenue, (B33,9) In Historic District; Class C/C-; Homeowner, Robert Peter Christopher was present for discussion of a proposed prefab barn style shed with 2 center opening cross buck doors placed as indicated on supplied plot plan.  Included on the application is a proposed fence, but is lacking in completeness.  Homeowner will move the shed to the proposed site from Petty Road resident.  A question was asked if the foundation was removable or permanent.  Mr. Christopher stated he would use loose cinderblock on the perimeter. 

This home recently underwent renovations where the previous homeowner went through great lengths to maintain the look of the existing house.  During the renovations, a free standing dilapidated wooden garage was removed from the side yard.  HPC file photo shows the old wooden structure roofline running its length. A 4 square window was centered over double carriage doors.  Harry read from the new ordinance Garages & Accessory Structures new work shall be compatible with the historic character and design.  Due to the this site being in the Historic District, HPC feels the barn style shed is not in keeping and expressed that the shed look appropriate.

           

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APPLICATIONS (continued)

Resident, Mr. Tim Brennan offered information regarding a website pertaining to sheds,

www.jamaicacottageshop.com which was viewed on his laptop at this time.  Mr. Christopher will examine the website more closely.

            Mr. Christopher discussed the fencing.  Existing are different styles that include cyclone and stockade.  Application was withdrawn by Mr. Christopher. 

           

            12 Cranbury Neck Road, (B23,L107) In Surround Zone; application made for re-roofing existing house.  The shingles will be removed and replaced with Certainteed Landmark 50 year in their Resawn Shake color.  After review, verbal vote call to approve the application as presented:

            Ayes: Ms. Marlowe, Ms. McConnell, Ms. Stasi, Ms. Stops, Mr. Williams

 

DISCUSSION

            Tim Brennan, homeowner of 10 Park Place, (B32,L21) in the Historic Dristrict (C); was unable to attend the previous meeting (April 4, 2006) regarding his home.  He prepared a short slide presentation of existing front, side concrete porch and rear of home.  Included are photos of Greek Revival homes in the New England area that have additions.  Tim pointed out how many homes delineated between the existing and addition noting a lowered roofline along with a higher rooflines.  He likes the idea that many of the Greek revival homes have a smaller window near the roofline to allow light and would like to incorporate this detail on his home.  He would also like to use a hyphen to separate the original building from the addition.

On the east elevation, proposed is a 6’ deep inset addition, which will work as a mudroom on the interior.  The existing side porch will remain.  According to an earlier picture, the columns on this side porch were similar to the Greek revival front porch. 

            The tiny annex (west) foundation will be repaired. 

            Tim had an idea of a gable on the rear of his two story addition, but is open to ideas that will help enhance and have a solution.  Harry suggested Tim consider the idea of running a gable on the side (east) and not the rear. 

Tim researched and explained current codes stipulate that a door cannot be added to the side.  Tim also thought that it would be confused as the front entrance.  HPC feels that the existing front makes a strong statement that it is the front entrance.

A suggestion was made to contact the Princeton Architectural School for a graduate student to draw a couple concept sketches.  There is a concern of how the rooflines will look from the front of the house.  Tim will get concept drawings of the front elevation showing the rooflines.  Diane Stasi had recused herself for this presentation.

Jim Gerberich homeowner of 43 Evans Drive, (B34,L5) in the Buffer Zone; was present to discuss proposed planned changes.  Back in December, Jim came before HPAC for changes, but was asked to return with details.  He plans to add a portico over the front porch with square columns, 3 centered dormers across the front elevation and new garage doors to this traditional Cape style home.  Cement board is proposed for the front and sides of dormers.  The garage is brick faced and will remain.  The existing garage doors are plain white wood.  The new doors will have a diagonal carriage look.  He is concerned of the weight and the strain on the electric opener.  Diane suggested a wooden front garage door with a lightweight aluminum frame.  Windows on the dormers will be Woodright, if not then Marvin, with a traditional sill.  The shutters will be replaced once the repair work and painting is completed.  Jim will submit an application with project and plan details.

Harry addressed updates for the Certificate of Approval.  He states that if there is a property description Heritage Studies page, this should be included along with any file photos with the application.  This will also state the Classification (K, C, I, or H).  Type of application-minor, major, re-roofing, renovation, the Administrative Officer determines the type.  Should the foot print change, a plot plan is needed, if this not the case, reference the tax map for the location.  Determine the

 

 

location of site-in the Historic District or 200’ Buffer Area.  A Certificate of Approval posted on site in a conspicuous spot is stated in the new ordinance.  The proposed building materials should be detailed.  Details include windows, doors, porches, trim, and colors for proposed stones or shingles.

            Plastic shutters have been applied to 18 Maplewood Avenue, (B33, L22).  After reviewing past applications in file, there is no mention of installing shutters on this dwelling, neither has an application been received for such.  Secretary will call Jeff Graydon.

            Kate investigated the list of historic sites that was discussed at the last meeting.  She has mapped these sites with a couple exceptions.  She will keep the list and map for further investigation and report again of her findings.  It was stated that this SHPO site list should be included when the Historic District map for Cranbury is updated. 

            A date will be set aside to review and update the Certificate of Approval.  Diane and Bobbie will check their schedules and contact secretary.

            99 North Main Street,  emails between Kathy Cunningham ,clerk, and Trishka Waterbury relayed that April 1 was the deadline that records and transcripts were to be received of HPAC’s decision for this appeal.  To date, no information was received and per the emails, the appeal is being dismissed due to lack of information.  Email states that Trishka will contact Frank Brennan and inform him of this.  HPC asked secretary to contact Jeff Graydon to understand the next step.

 

 

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 9:50 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 18, 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 May 2, 2006.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary