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

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Diane Stasi (7:37pm), Alana Stops, Harry Williams and Bobbie Marlowe, Chair.

 

APPLICATIONS

            31 Maplewood Avenue, (B31,L2) In Historic District, Classified C; Homeowner, George Hoffman was present to discuss his re-roofing application.  Currently, the main house has a flat membrane asphalt roof on the front and back.  The small enclosed front porch has a basic three tab roof shingle.  The proposed replacement GAF Country Mansion style shingle is too elaborate for the architectural style and proportion of the home.  Mr. Hoffman presented information regarding two other shingle styles. Of the two styles and after discussion regarding the same, the Timberline Ultra shingle was selected.  Harry feels the use of a more simple 3 tab style shingle for this project would be more appropriate. 

            HPC noted in the supplied photos that built-in (yankee) gutters are existing.  They appear to have been covered over from past re-roofing projects.  Mr. Hoffman stated that the gutters are currently non operational and when it rains, it cascades off the roof and hits the ground. 

            Harry cited from the Guidelines “built-in gutters that are integrated into the design of the eaves and cornices; these are an important part of the historic roof and must be maintained”.  Chapter 93-7 (11) (c) addresses the same.  HPC suggested to homeowner that this is the ideal time to repair the (yankee) gutter, which homeowner agreed to. 

            There are two existing vent pipes.  It was suggested to paint them, matching the roof shingle.  New construction vent pipes would not be allowed on the front of the home. 

            A verbal vote to approve this application as amended and recommended was taken:

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

            Nay:     Mr. Williams.

 

            24 Maplewood Avenue, (B33,L20) In Historic District, Classified H; Homeowner, Michael Patterson was present for discussion of the installation of a fence design to replace the existing 6’ stockade fence that surrounds the enclosed back yard pool with an aluminum 54” open fence.  Included with this application is a landscape plan to help shield the public view. 

            It was explained to the applicant that prior to the passage of the new ordinance in February 2006, several fences of varying styles were approved under the old ordinance.  The dates of review and addresses were researched along with fence style which was then forwarded to HPC via email.  The current Chapter 93 7 E (4) addresses the proposed fence style. 

            Mr. Patterson explained that according to pool code, there are a limited number of styles for this purpose.  He explained the landscape design stating that the front (north) exposure will have a flowering purple plum tree in the front of the fence.  The two existing 4’ high mature azaleas will remain.  Additional flowering shrubs will be planted but have yet to be determined.  A gate is proposed for this stretch of fence and will be located closer to the house.  The proposed fence between the house and garage will have a gate with arborvitae flanking each side.  The opposite side of the garage will have arborvitae on each corner/end and a forsythia shrub centered between them.  The existing fence extends for 16’.  It has been shortened by 6’ allowing room for plantings between the fence and driveway.  This side (southern) exposure along the driveway will have arborvitae planted between the fence and drive for the entire length.  The proposed arborvitae will be approximately 4 ft. high.  This will offer more privacy for the homeowner and neighbor.

            HPC reviewed the submitted application, pictures and landscape design.  It was explained Chapter 93 stipulates contemporary modern fences are not appropriate and need to be shield from public. HPC does not want set precedent for allowing this style fence within the Historic District and encourages landscaping to screen the fence.  A condition of approval “modern fence will be approved with the condition that it will be shielded from public view with substantial landscaping, style and height of fence required by code” was added.   

            A verbal vote to approve this application with the condition as stipulated:

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

 

            17 North Main Street (B23, L109) In Historic District, Classified C; Owners, Karen & Bob Finigan, and their Architect, George Fett, were present to the submitted application.  The prior conceptual discussions of exterior have been included.  The details include a one story addition to the rear of existing, siding is cement board, house trim and window trim will match existing.  A Stansbury cupola with a copper rooster weathervane will sit on top of this addition.  A four panel painted rear entrance metal door will be used.  It was decided during the meeting that a Marvin double hung window with authentic divided light wooden exterior has been selected for the (kitchen) addition.

            The front of the building will have a front door light (model 49511-VGC), wrought iron hand rails and an oval 24” x 42” wooden blue signage with yellow inlay print hung from a black iron bracket.  The sign will be illuminated by an Abolite angled reflector with a gooseneck bracket.  Two ribbed park benches and a bike rack will be placed between the front of the porch and sidewalk

            Changes to the conceptual plan include Marvin windows, a self adhering membrane roofing system for the flat addition roof and the removal of a solar panel for the light fixture on the front façade.

            A verbal vote to approve this application with the changes:

            Ayes:    Ms. Stasi, Ms. Stops, Mr. Williams.  Record will reflect that Ms. Marlowe recused herself and Mr. Williams knows Mr. Fett professionally.

 

            40 Station Road, (B18,L38) In Historic District, Classified C+; application was submitted by homeowners to replace the two existing overhead garage doors and square the top corners.  Homeowner selected Avalon Collection barn style doors (AV-12L-XB-2FP).  HPC reviewed application and photos. 

            A verbal vote to approve this application as submitted:

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

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

            10 Park Place, (B32,L21) In Historic District, Classification C+; Homeowner, Tim Brennan was present to discuss two different designs for his existing Greek Revival home.  He presented his ideas on a Mac (Punch program) computer which gave a virtual tour of the exterior of his proposed ideas.  This was only conceptual and did not show any details such as window and door styles or exterior siding and trim. 

            One concept idea is 22’ wide and 5’ shorter, height and roof lines are the same as existing but do not meet because of elevation.  The side (west) elevation shows that the existing porch has been removed and replaced with a window.  Bobbie stated that leaving the porch would break up the long line of the side of house.  Tim would like to relocate the porch and door entrance, replace replacing the entrance with a window.  Doing so works well with the interior flow plan.  

            The other concept is T shaped, 24’ wide and a littler shorter in the rear but because of the offset, it allows two existing windows remain.  The side (west) has a wrap around one story addition.  Both concept plans will included 6/6 windows. 

            Harry stated that both concept plans reflect a substantial addition and recommends that a qualified architect who has experience with older homes draw up concepts.  From these concepts Tim can move forward from here.  Tim should bring his specifications to be integrated.  Harry suggested that Tim look at a Greek revival home near Sayen Gardens in Nottingham Way.  Alana felts that both concepts work with the existing house.  Bobbie suggested that the porch remain.  Tim will return in the near future with plans of the long addition and short addition.  The record will reflect that Diane Stasi recused herself from this discussion.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

            There being no further business, a motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe, seconded by Harry Williams and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 9:35pm.

 

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 15, 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 June 5, 2007.

 

 

 

 

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                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Secretary