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 June 5, 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 quorum present, Vice-chair of HPC, Diane Stasi called the meeting to order and Linda M. Scott performed as Secretary.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Diane Stasi, Alana Stops and Harry Williams were present.  Record will reflect that Bobbie Marlowe contacted secretary to state she would be unable to attend.

 

MINUTES

            The minutes of the May 15, 2007 meeting were reviewed, amended and then approved with a motion by Harry Williams, second by Alana Stops, all in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

1 North Main Street, (B23, L71.01) In Historic District, Classified K; conceptual; homeowner Mrs. Palocz was present for a conceptual design to replace an existing (angled) exterior wooden entrance basement door located on the north side of house.  Proposed is an expansion (3’x5’x5’) including installation of an upright 3’ wide, 8’ tall single entrance door with a 3’ transom.  The side of the existing side porch would be enclosed, with siding to match.  Currently the house is aluminum sided which the homeowner plans on removing.  Dentil molding will match existing.  The existing corner decorative scroll will be relocated as indicated on a submitted drawing.  Homeowner explained that due to recent rains, she would like a more water secure basement entrance. 

            Diane read excerpts of Chapter 93-7 (12) and (13), all of which pertain to the proposed application.  Diane explained that the changing the basement entrance style creates another entrance into the structure along with enclosing one wall that abuts the existing porch.  There is also the issue of relocating an existing window.  According to Chapter 93, these proposed changes are not allowed.  Secretary supplied a copy of Chapter 93 to homeowner. 

            Harry does not see the merits of the proposed enclosure for a basement door. HPC asked if metal doors were considered with an apron.  Homeowner prefers to have a window, as in the existing wooden door, in the basement door and will not consider a metal door. 

            Alana is not comfortable with building an enclosure on the structure and explained that it would be more visually pleasing and easier to install a metal door with an elevated retaining wall or platform.  A vertical entrance door could be installed in the interior at the base of the stairs.  She expressed to the homeowner a desire to visit the site to see how it appears now.  A date will be set for her to visit the site.  

            Diane did explain that she has seen, in many older homes, basement entrances with a pit at the bottom of stairs.  This pit would allow for water to seep into the ground.  By repairing or replacing the existing basement door and incorporating preventative water measures, HPC would not have issue with this being within the public views.

           

PB129-07, 69 North Main Street (B23, L45.02) In Historic District: homeowner and Gil & Bert’s proprietor, Chris Ondocin was present for discussing her PB application with HPC and the exterior elements under their review.  The existing real brick will be duplicated for the patio and walkway.  An awning will be mounted over the existing picture window with the name of business displayed on the overhang of awning.  Illumination will be mounted under the awning.  A service ledge (counter) will be installed near the sill of existing picture window. The awning and ledge will be removed at the end of season.  The existing mounted air conditioner will be removed and resided to match.  Proposed bench style is appropriate; the trash can is not and will be reselected.  Signage details were not available for review.  HPC application will be made for the June 19th meeting.  A memo will be forwarded to the Planning Board.  Record will reflect that Diane Stasi recused herself.

           

22 Maplewood Avenue, (B33, L21) In Historic District; this application was advertised on the agenda, but application for the freestanding garage has not been received.  No action taken.

 

20 Maplewood Avenue, (B33,L22) In Historic District, Classified C; an application for a proposed freestanding 8’x12’ board and batten “new potting shed” installed in the back rear yard of home was received for review.  HPC reviewed the submitted photo, plot plan and application and feels it is well proportioned.  A verbal vote to approve this application was taken:

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

           

21 Silvers Lane, (B26, L29.07) In Buffer Zone: Cranbury Pizza; application was made for replacing the existing double split rail fence.  This fence is one part of the fencing that delineates the abutting properties from the retention basin.  Homeowner wishes to replace the 192’ fence along his property with a three rail white PVC fence.  HPC reviewed section 93-7 E (1) Standards, design guidelines and criteria.  HPC will explore this site to discover where it sits in relation to the district.  This application will be placed on the next HPC agenda.

 

PB130-07, 63 North Main Street (B23, L10) In Historic District; Hannah & Mason; application from Planning Board was received regarding outdoor seating.  HPC reviewed the supplied as well as current photos dated May 31, 2007, of existing tables and seating styles.  Comments to the Planning Board is that HPC recommends

 

PB136-07, 39 North Main Street (B23,L54) In Historic District; application from Planning Board was received regarding outdoor seating.  HPC reviewed the supplied application in addition to current photos.  Comment to the Planning Board:

·         The modern existing chair style should be given consideration, as additional seats are required.  A more sympathetic style is recommended in the Historic District. One style seating per storefront would be an enhancement to the Historic District and the Streetscape.

 

ZBA077-04, Perrine Pontiac, Rte.130, (B10,L12.02) Out of districts, no review or comment.

ZBA132-07, 5 Danser Drive, (B18.07, L35.04) Out of districts, no review or comment.

ZBA133-07, 60 Old Trenton Rd., (B21, L26) Out of districts, no review or comment.

DISCUSSION

            A letter was forwarded to Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein and Assemblyman Bill Baroni regarding their support for Bill S2030/A896, Historic Property Reinvestment Act.  A sample resolution was forwarded to the Clerk so that Township Committee may add their support and endorse this bill.

            Secretary will contact Gail Hunton.  It was explained that Gail has been busy, personally.  Gail is available for some upcoming meeting dates, which will be selected by her.

            The funding for the Guidelines has been deposited back into the HPC budget.  Bobbie spoke with the Township Committee, who realized the error and granted the funds back to HPC for this project.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

            There being no further business, a motion duly made by Diane Stasi, 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 June 5, 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 ________________________, 2007.

 

 

 

 

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                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Secretary