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 June 20, 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

Diane Stasi, Harry Williams and Chair Bobbie Marlowe, were present. 

 

MINUTES

The minutes of June 6, 2006 meeting were not reviewed but will be placed on the July 18, 2006 agenda.

 

APPLICATIONS

            10 North Main Street, (B21,L5) In Historic District, class C/C+;  Homeowner DonJo Swanagan was present for discussion of his application.  He proposed to enlarge the existing side portico by 12” wider 6” deeper and 6” higher.  He will install a yankee gutter, with the run off on each side.  Proposed roofing material will be copper and exterior siding will be wood.  A verbal vote to approve this application as present:

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

 

            50 Maplewood Avenue, (B33,L9) In Historic District, class C/C-;  Homeowner Robert Christopher was present for the shed application.  This cedar shed measures 8’ x 12’ and will be installed in the rear of the property as indicated on submitted plot plan.  A verbal vote to approve this application as presented:

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

 

            62 Maplewood Avenue, (B33,L4) in Historic District, class C; application submitted for adding one triangular louver vent for each gable, on the north and south of existing house.  This application was considered as a minor application and approved by Bobbie Marlowe.

 

            46 North Main Street, (B32,L3) In Historic District, class C+; application submitted for work previously completed.  The new stamped and colored concrete drive and walk were considered as a minor application and approved by Bobbie Marlowe.  Secretary will include in the approval letter that before future work commences on site, homeowner must complete and submit an application to the HPC office.

 

 

            61 Maplewood Avenue; (B29,L12) In Historic District, class C/C+;  Contractor for The Elms at Sunnyfield Nursing Home, Mike Kaiser was present for amendments to an approved application dated December 7, 2004.  Proposed are the repair and replacement, as needed to the front porch rail and deck.  Work includes changing the finish using a AZEK cellular PVC that will match the original.  Deck material will be a commercial grade beige color (cedar) TimberTech Horizon tongue and groove with 1” nosing on all edges.  A duplicate size and colored sample for both the railing and decking was presented so HPC could view.  Photos supplied showing the current existing porch, deck, front door and window conditions.  The lattice under the porch will be replaced with a straight design.  The front entry door will be wood single light entry door with sidelights and transom that will match existing; the storm door will be removed.  Columns are smooth and will be replaced exactly as per earlier approval.  Mike discussed the dilemma of these four large windows.  Due to the large size of the windows and current code regulations, the glass will need to be tempered, which results in a hefty cost for remaking sashes.   He is seeking ideas or solutions. The windows are excluded and did not receive approval on this application.  Mike Kaiser will return with a separate application for the windows on the front porch.  A verbal vote to approve application, less the windows, was taken:

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

 

DISCUSSION

            DonJo spoke about the Heritage Studies description for 10 North Main, which he states is incorrect.  The study states this site was home of the National Hotel burned 1881 and present house built by John Embley c.1881.  DonJo stated that it was the Stults’ Tavern that once stood on the site before the existing house was built.  DonJo stated the tavern was the place where the Township Committee first met in the 1870’s.  After Stults’ Tavern burned down, the individual who built the existing house purchased the double lot for an inexpensive cost.  He chuckled that it was cheap due to a “fire sale”.

29 Station Road (B36, L9) In Buffer Zone; Owner and general contractor, Kerry Jefferson currently living in AZ, was present for discussion of the details for his project.  As of today, many details previously requested by HPC have been installed on the structure, such as the roofing material, windows, front door with sidelights and the vinyl siding project has begun with “j” channel.  Front door is a plain smooth fiberglass with sidelights.  HPC explained to Kerry that because unapproved materials were installed, it puts HPC in an awkward situation.  After much debate, the realization is that this application needs to move forward and HPC reminded the homeowner not to install any more details without receiving the proper approvals. 

The installed windows, grills and trim were discussed.  It is difficult for HPC to tell from the pictures (on laptop) how dimensional the muntins are between the glass windows.  According to Kerry, the manufacturer stated that the window design does not allow for installed external muntins.  HPC can do nothing about the installed windows style but would like to enhance the window surround trim.  They suggested that Kerry look at the homes in the Sharbell development to better understand and see how the surround trim detail looks.  HPC feels that the window surround trim would add much to the front façade of his home.  Window, trim and sill details calling out dimensions should be submitted for approval.  Gutters are okay as proposed.  Kerry will submit a spec sheet of the columns on the front porch, which will be tapered.  The proposed half round vinyl siding has changed and match the other vertical siding with a decorative triangular shaped feature in the peak.  Specs on the triangular feature will need to be submitted.  Gable end vents are not required due to the soffit and ridge vents.  Diane will visit the site with the homeowner.  Bobbie is also available, but will need to look at her calendar.  Kerry stated that his architect is drawing new plans; when received, he will submit these updates to HPC.  An alternative date or special meeting to hear this application can be called, barring any planned vacations or work schedules.

Kerry suggested that guidelines were available to help ease the process and eliminate confusion for a proposed project.  Mike Kaiser offered an idea for a window surround product that is mounted to an existing window that will enhance the façade. 

            Administrative Officer reported that Ordinary Maintenance and/or Minor applications were approved for:

            5 Evans Drive (B34 L3) in Buffer Zone; re-roofing existing structure with same style shingles.

            101 Plainsboro Road (B28 L18.01) in Historic District; re-roofing existing structure with GAF Timberline Architectural, charcoal color.  Existing roof is black color.

88 North Main Street (B28 L3) in Historic District.  Information received regarding the denied application.  According to homeowner, the doors will be of steel and painted to match existing garage.  Considered as a minor application, Bobbie Marlowe gave this application a verbal approval on June 19.  Diane feels that this application should not have been approved due to a change in style from the existing doors.

161 North Main Street (B25 L88.01) in Buffer Zone; replacing gutters and re-roofing existing structure.  All materials used will be in-kind with existing.

            Bobbie Marlowe stated that a minor repair is not just a repair; it can be a simple repair or change.  For example, if synthetic siding was to be removed and returned back to its original form. Such was the case for 46 North Main Street and 62 Maplewood Avenue, both approved on this date. 

            HPC will review the amendments that Trishka emailed back to the Board.  Due to the lateness of this meeting, these changes will be reviewed on the July 18 meeting.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe, seconded by Harry Williams, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 10:23 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 June 20, 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 July 18, 2006.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary