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 20, 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, Chair of HPC, called the meeting to order and Linda M. Scott performed as Secretary.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

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

 

MINUTES

            The minutes of March 6, 2007 were reviewed and amended.  A motion to approve was made by Bobbie Marlowe, second by Diane Stasi, all in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

            103 North Main Street, (B25,L59) In Historic District, Classified I; Applicant/Contractor Mike Kaiser and Architect Bill Gittings were present for discussion of the submitted conceptual application.  Updated architectural drawings /elevation plans along with a site plan were provided at the meeting, included are current photos. 

            Mike stated that he would like to ‘tear the existing down and make it all nice’.  He stated that vendors will supply their goods to showcase their products for a planned open house later in the fall of 2007. 

            Due to the proximity of this site, HPC discussed the relationship and proportion of the proposed with the surrounding historic buildings.  Mike and Bill took these structures into consideration with the location, proportion, width and height of their proposed.  The idea was the proposed to be in keeping with the town. 

            Bill explained that the front elevation would create a more esthetically pleasing colonial house, using details that would be typically found in an 1800 house but with more massing of details on the front, a steeper roof pitch; a simple porch, the back part of the house is much like houses that were added on over time in terms of addition has wings that were extended, but keeping in mind a livable floor plan on the interior.  A garage was pushed back as far as possible without exceeding the zoning setbacks.  An 18’ wide carriage house that has a lean-to style on the front of the garage that is in keeping in style and proportion to the house.  The garage will have a second floor bonus area; it is connected to the house with an enclosed mud room breezeway.  Columns are indicated on the conceptual, Bill feels that brackets would be more appropriate for a carriage style garage. 

            The right side elevation windows size and placement was questioned.  The different sizes reflect the interior design; a pantry area and cabinetry, along with existing openings resulted in such.  A triple hung attic window with a stacked window smaller than the triple windows looks to be out of character.  The Commission would like to see references regarding the windows in the

 

gable.  The existing brick chimney will remain.  Front stoop and railings will be detailed.  Wooden shutters with hardware are planned.  A decision on the gutters will need to be determined.  Several manufacturing exterior products proposed for the house were discussed but not detailed on the drawings / elevation plans. 

            HPC does not oppose the conceptual plan as discussed, but would like more details on called on the plans.  Applicant would like move forward with this project as soon as possible.  It will be placed on the April 3rd agenda.

 

            3 Cranbury Neck Road, (B21, L4.11-Barn Park, Township property) In Historic District; Mike Kaiser was present to discuss replacing the deteriorating wagon barn roof.  A galvanized corrugated metal roof to match existing is proposed.  Galvanized will rust with time.  The township continues to own the building; the Lions will repair the roof.

            Mike stated that he met with Township Committeeman Wayne Wittman, Township Administrator Tom Witt and Construction Official Greg Farrington; all agreed that the potato barn is not worth rehabilitating.  It will be dismantled; saving any salvageable parts for reuse.  Corn crib will remain as is.

            A verbal vote to approve the emergency re-roofing application as presented:

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

 

            39 South Main Street; (18, L9) In Historic District; Classified C+; application was made for installation of a patio with a gate and lattice panels.  He will be replacing an existing walkway.

            The bluestone patio will be installed between the house and barn; a spirea hedge row will block the (Station) road.  There will be 4 sections of natural wood lattice 6’high and wide.  Lattice will be diamond pattern (as on existing porch) facing Station Road.  HPC feels that the lattice voids and solids should be of equal value. 

            One sentence read confusingly, so the secretary phoned applicant for clarification.  Per applicant, sentence should read ‘lattice is in diamond pattern facing Station Road to match existing house porch lattice and four square sections facing the road’.  Vines will be planted to grow onto the lattice.  The proposed gate will be wooden.  The existing concrete walkway will be replaced with bluestone.

            A verbal vote to approve this application with the recommendation the lattice voids and solids be of equal value.  Notations are made on the application.

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

 

 

DISCUSSION

            Financial Disclosure Statements were returned to the secretary, who will forward them to the Clerk.  Deadline for returning the form is April 30.

            The May 1st seminar for The Benefits of Historic Preservation: A Municipal Official’s Guide to Achieving Success will be attended by Diane, Alana, Harry and Bobbie.  Secretary will make the arrangements and send confirmation to everyone.

            Diane selected two books (paperback) from PNJ Bookstore titled Downtown; Its Rise and Fall and Protecting America’s Historic Neighborhoods; Taming the Teardown Trend.  Secretary will order these items.

            Zoning Officer, Jeff Graydon will investigate the existing signage that is displayed on 27 Maplewood Avenue. 

            Body Quest will be resubmitting their signage when the specs have been received from their vendor.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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 20, 2007 consisting of 3 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 April 5, 2007.

 

 

 

 

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                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Secretary