MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

            The meeting of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Commission was held in Town Hall, Cranbury, New Jersey, on March 6, 2007 beginning at 7:30 pm.

 

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 2, 2007 of this meeting’s date, time, place and agenda was mailed to the news media, posted on the Township bulleting board, mailed to those requesting personal notice and filed with the Municipal Clerk.

 

CALL TO ORDER

            With a quorum present, Bobbie Marlowe, Chairperson, called the meeting to order, and Linda M. Scott, Secretary for the Commission, performed as Secretary.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

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

 

MINUTES

            The minutes from the January 16, 2007 meeting were reviewed and approved with a motion by Alana Stops, seconded by Bobbie Marlowe, all in favor.

            The notes of the February 6, 2007 meeting were reviewed.

 

APPLICATIONS

            3 Westminster Place, (B29,L8&9) In Historic District, Classified H; Mr. Davidson was present for his application.  A (new) window to be located in the rear of existing house will be Anderson TW2856 double hung 6/9 window that will match the front windows.  Cedar shutters and hardware will match existing.  The existing box bay window, also in the rear of house, will be replaced with Anderson CW25; a copper roof will be installed.  The muntins on all windows will be between the glasses.  Trim on all windows will match existing.

            The rear porch enclosure will have 3 courses of cedar on the lower portion.  Delineation between the house and porch will be painted to match the trim.  Two casement Anderson C25 will be installed on the north wall, while Anderson CW15 are proposed for the east elevation of porch.  An EMCO HD300 door will be installed.  Verbal vote to approve this application as presented:

            AYES:  Ms. Marlowe, Ms. Stasi, Ms. Stops, Mr. Williams.

 

            19 North Main Street, (B23,L65) In Historic District, Classified C; Contractor Sal Golisano, current homeowners Mr. & Mrs. Eden, future owner Mr. Stuart Alexander were all present for the conceptual discussion. 

            The east elevation (front) will have no changes except for proposed signage.  A copy of the proposed signage was received at this meeting.  Secretary will make a copy for the file.

            The north elevation will have a lower lever middle window installed, which will be relocated and reused from an existing area on the home with shutters.  It is the same size as the rear window, but smaller than the front window.  The architectural drawing indicates all windows are same size.  The existing fence will be moved back a few feet. 

            The south elevation will reuse another existing window that will be relocated on the lower level toward the rear.  The back side porch is proposed to be enclosed with siding to match existing, wood trim for proposed windows will match existing.  The proposed two new separate windows (Anderson Woodwright) will match in style and size.  The window details will need to be called out on the drawings.  The 45° angle bump out was discussed; HPC prefers if this was 90°, doing so will add more interior footage without detracting from the drive. 

            The drive between the two houses is proposed as brick or pavers for the tire tracks, a grass strip will be in the center.  The parking lot will have an impervious coverage, due to drainage issues.  A lamp will be mounted to the house (south elevation) to shine down on the driveway.  There is an ADA ramp proposed for the rear entrance.  HPC suggested an electric lift option that does not require much area. 

            The existing shed will remain as well as several large established trees.  Three lamps will be installed in the rear; one for the ADA ramp; one for patient entrance and one for the private entrance.  A lamp mounted on the shed will illuminate the parking area, but this will be determined outside of HPC. 

            The chimney is not indicated on the drawings, this should be drawn in.  The wood siding on the front elevation will remain.  The sides and rear elevations has vinyl siding.  It is proposed for the addition.  This detail will need to be included on the drawings.

 

            27A Maplewood Avenue (B31,L4) In Historic District, Classified C; application made for signage to be placed on the front façade of building.  Chapter 93 was reviewed for signage; which was found in streetscapes §93-7 E(1).  HPC reviewed application and had the following comments; proposed signage should be rectangular in shape with a plain background, it should be in keeping with others in town.  The sign should be located on the appropriate side of business location.  The phone number should be on the sign and not as a linked attachment.  Questions as to how will the sign to be attached to the building and what materials will the signage be made of was raised.  Secretary will call applicant to relay the discussed.  No action was taken for this minor application.

 

DISCUSSION

            While reviewing a signage application, it was noted that an existing larger sign on a building has not come before HPC.  Secretary will ask the zoning officer about this signage. 

            The storm window information for Town Hall was reviewed.  Harry attended the Historic Home Show in January 2007 where he secured the Mon-Ray brochure.  An authorized dealer is listed on the brochure, but Harry has no knowledge of him.  The brochure states that Mon-Ray has been manufacturing quality, commercial and residential high performing windows for over 45 years.  The windows allow the existing windows to maintain existing architecture and achieve maximum energy savings with long-lasting beauty.  The Mon-Ray appears to look like the existing storm windows on Town Hall.  References are also listed.  Free estimates are available.

            The Allied Window Inc. also offers the quality assurance, commercial and residential windows.  Specification sheets have been included for the many varieties of interior/exterior storm windows.  The exterior storm window that applies to Town Hall is Historic One Lite (HOL).  They offer a website for further review of their product.

            Both manufacturers seem reputable, with their impressive lists of recognizable buildings through out the USA as references.  HPC feels that either manufacturer would be fine, but feels the proposed storm windows should be mounted on the exterior of the existing windows. 

            20 Maplewood Avenue, (B33,L22) In Historic District, Class C-record will reflect that Diane Stasi listened to the tape and reviewed the application on February 7, 2007 voting in favor of the application. 

           

 

DISCUSSION (cont)

            The Professional Service Contract for Gail Hunton has been approved by the Township Committee.  Work on the Guidelines may now move forward. 

            Candidates to fill the vacancies are still on the forefront with HPC.  There have been several suggested individuals but due to their involvement, whether personal or business, deems them not feasible.  There have been newsletter articles asking for interested individuals to please submit their letter of interest. 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

            There being no further business, a motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe, seconded by Alana Stops and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 9:05pm.

 

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 March 6, 2007 consisting of 2 pages, constitute 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 ________________________, 2007.

 

 

 

 

                                                                        _______________________________________

                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Secretary