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 May 1, 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, Chair of HPC, Bobbie Marlowe called the meeting to order and Linda M. Scott performed as Secretary.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

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

 

MINUTES

            The minutes of April 3, 2007 were reviewed and amended.  Motion to approve as amended was made by Bobbie Marlowe, second by Alana Stops, all in favor. Diane Stasi recused herself.

            The notes of April 17, 2007 were reviewed and amended.  Motion to approve as amended was made by Alana Stops, second by Diane Stasi, both in favor.  Bobbie Marlowe and Harry Williams recused themselves.

 

APPLICATIONS

            22 Maplewood Avenue, (B33,L21) In Historic District, Classified C; Brian Deverin was present to discuss his proposed free standing 12 x 18 board and batten one car garage with a loft for storage that will be placed at the rear of property.  The only entrance to the garage will face the north.  The proposed plan shows a door that rides overhead; Mr. Deverin feels that he may install colonial style doors.  The plan also shows an optional door; Mr. Deverin will install the only window in this area.  Mr. Deverin is applying for a variance.  This conceptual plan will wait for the door information and shall be placed on the June 5 agenda.

 

            22 South Main Street, (B23,L79) In Historic District, Classified C- & K;  Dick Schroeder returned to report on the fence.  He researched and discovered that the fence tops do not come in the pyramid shape.  He did produce a picture of and suggested a similar style fence “Doria”.  HPC was okay with this design.

            It is understood that the courtyard material will be clay brick and the low concrete wall have stucco gray façade.  The fence will be cast aluminum as discussed during this meeting and recommends the color black.  HPC agreed to approve this application with the materials and recommendation.  HPC stipulated that should any materials change in the field, applicant must return to HPC for approval.   Mr. Schroeder agreed. 

 

            24 Maplewood Avenue, (B33, L20) In Historic District, Classified H; application, dated April 30, 2007, was made for the to replacement of existing 6’ stockade fence.  Sections of the fence fall down from strong wind gusts.  Proposed is a board on board fence style for the southern exposure near the driveway leading to the big red barn.  A black aluminum fence with a double rail on the top is proposed for the remaining portion.  There will three gates to allow entry into the rear yard enclosed pool.  HPC feels that the proposed fence styles are not sympathetic to the district and prefers a single style fence installed.  Secretary will call applicant to discuss this with him.

 

DISCUSSION

            Karen and Bob Finigan were present for their conceptual discussion for 17 North Main Street.  Both owners attended the DRC, who requested that conceptual be brought before HPC.  Signage will be rectangular with an oval blue inset with a rooster to reflect the name The Blue Rooster Bakery & Café attached to the building with a simple black scroll bracket.  The signage will be illuminated with small light directly onto the sign.  Wrought iron hand railings are proposed for the front stairs.  Bike rake will be placed in the front between porch and walk; brick will be laid to match existing.  A bench similar is also proposed.  Porch lighting lamp options were reviewed.  Cement board siding is proposed for a new addition.  Existing front siding is wood; it is believed both sides of structure are vinyl siding.  Roofing material will be aluminum with a zip seam.  New windows will match existing, due to health regulations the windows will not be opened.  HPC suggested that the exterior muntins be on the exterior and the interior be a solid sheet for ease of cleaning. Simulated divided light.

            HPC addressed if ADA modifications would be needed.  Karen stated that since 20% of the total renovation cost has been spent on the lavatory, this should have remedied this.  HPC encouraged the owners discuss this issue with their architect or building inspector.

            Hard scape will be addressed but not at this time.  The shutters, trim board, and gutters will match existing.  The cupola located on top of the proposed addition is decorative only.  Ventilation will be inline ventilation which is recommended for rehabbing old buildings for restaurant use.  Upstairs will remain but be used for private parties or meetings. 

            HPC general comments are to remain sympathetic to the surrounding and the existing in scale.  The cupola adds character as an outbuilding.  Window sizes must be shown in the correct size.  As for information to applicant, Harry stated that there is a 30” leeway for the front stairs whether hand rails are required or not.  Diane suggested that the bench style and height should be taken into account with the surrounding environment.  Photos should be supplied from the rear public view.

            Alana asked if the owners were aware of any tax incentives.  They did inquire about them, but because their budget will be for the new addition and not the rehab of the existing, they would not benefit.  Record will reflect that Bobbie Marlowe recused herself from this discussion.

           

            Diane, Alana, Bobbie and Harry attended a seminar sponsored by the NJLM called The Benefits of Historic Preservation: A Municipal Official’s Guide to Achieving Success.  They found it to be informational.

            On April 19th in accordance with Chapter 21, Bobbie Marlowe listened to a recording of the April 17th meeting and approved of:

Doing so gave a majority vote of approval these applications.

            On April 25th the Administrative Officer approved an ordinary maintenance application for 54 Maplewood Avenue(B33, L7).  The owner will re-roof like with like.

            On May 1st the Administrative Officer approved an ordinary maintenance application for 44 South Main Street (B23 L83) the homeowner proposed to replace her existing gray color aluminum triple track storm windows to match existing white triple track storm windows.  They will be replaced in kind.

 

 

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 May 1, 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 May 15, 2007.

 

 

 

 

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                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Secretary