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 April 3, 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, Alana Stops, and Harry Williams were present.  Record will reflect that Diane Stasi called to say she will be unable to attend.

 

MINUTES

            The minutes of March 20, 2007 were reviewed and amended.  A motion to approve was made by Harry Williams, second by Bobbie Marlowe, all in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

            16 Prospect Street, (B28, L16), In Buffer Area: Homeowners Raymond Dickey and Michelle Newman were present to discuss their submitted application.  Proposed is to remove deteriorating cracked/broken brick and slate stoop and walk with the rail tie border and replace with bluestone and stone dust.  Walk will be same width as existing, excluding rail tie border.   Verbal vote to approve this application with note to width:

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

 

            22 South Main Street, (B23,L79) In Historic District, Classified C- & K; Mr. Dick Schroeder, Architect and George Conley representing the Presbyterian Church were present for discussion of installing an ADA walkway, wall, patio and fencing project located in the courtyard between the church and Fellowship Hall.  Application was received on March 27, 2007, at that time pictures of work area and proposed fence was requested.  The requested material was presented at this meeting (A1 & A2 dated 3/12/07).

            Proposed material is concrete for the 4’ wide ADA walkway that will abut the church on the north elevation, widening into additional patio area, and then curving around down to a larger main patio.  The curved area will have a 24” high wall capped with bluestone for additional seating and landscaped in the front.  The existing patio is deteriorating and will be removed and replaced with a larger (32’ x 32’) patio.  HPC feels that their suggested material, bluestone or brick would be appropriate for this application. 

 

Pavers for this application are not appropriate.  If brick is preferred, they should be clay fired variety.  Whichever product is chosen for the patio, it should be applied to the wall façade.

            The proposed white aluminum fence will be situated in the front of a retaining wall within the courtyard, for existing basement windows.  Mr. Schroeder prefers a fence with no sharp edges for this application.  HPC feels that the proposed style is not appropriate and requested that more traditional fence style.  An example of the fence style will need to be reviewed. 

            Mr. Conley and Mr. Schroeder will confer with their committee and select materials for this project.  They will return on April 17th.

 

            103 North Main Street, (B25,L59) In Historic District, Classified I; Architect Bill Gittings was present with 90% updated architectural drawings and elevation plans incorporating the discussed concerns from the last meeting.  Application is not being made at this time. 

            The window sizes and placement was reworked.  The existing brick chimney will remain.  Cement board siding will be applied.  Wooden shutters with hardware are planned.  Standing metal seam roof over the mudroom and lower garage roof is planned.  Asphalt shingles will be installed on the garage and house roofs.  Front stoop and railings will be detailed.  The attic windows were not addressed at this meeting.

 

DISCUSSION

            Mr. Bob Finnegan was present to get a sense of how the HPC meetings are conducted.  He is negotiating for a property in town with the thought of operating a retail bakery business.  There are no plans at this time for exterior changes to the house.  Alana inquired to the scope of work with the thought of applicable tax credits, however this is not known at this time.  The description of property from the Heritage Studies and is classified as contributing, recommendation is to maintain as is.  Record will reflect that Bobbie Marlowe recused herself from this discussion.

            Body Quest, 27A Maplewood Avenue, 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 April 3, 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 May 1, 2007.

 

 

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                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Secretary