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 19, 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, Harry Williams, and Bobbie Marlowe were present.  Record will reflect that Alana Stops informed the secretary that she would be unable to attend this meeting.

 

APPLICATIONS

27 Station Road, (B36,L10) In Buffer Zone; Mr. Dave Everman of williams BUILDER, was present to discuss the details of this application.  The front door of this house faces Oak Lane, the side and rear yard face Station Road.  He is proposing to re-roof the existing with a GAF architectural three tab product.  The three gables will be refaced with Certainteed board and batten vinyl siding.  Rake boards and fascia will be wrapped with aluminum.  Diane suggested that synthetic board be used and painted white instead of wrapping with aluminum.  New gutters and downspouts will be installed.  Casing trim will be applied to all windows, which will also have new triple storm windows.  The garage door will have new trim.  The front of the home (facing Oak Lane) will have the existing breezeway entrance and windows relocated for a visual balance.  This door will be replaced with a ThermaTru fiberglass (S90) door.  The landing will be rebuilt with matching stone on the front of home. 

            HPC recommends that the window casing trim and door trim be of a 3 ½ inch synthetic trim board instead of wrapped aluminum.  A vote call to approve this application as discussed and recommended:

            AYES:  Ms. Marlowe, Ms. Stasi.  Record will reflect that Harry Williams has recused himself from this application.

 

69 North Main Street, (B23,L45.02) In Historic District, Classification C;  owners of the proposed Gil & Bert’s ice cream business are returning with their final exterior element selections.  The awnings (seasonal) will be placed on the four southern elevation windows, brick paver patio will be used for the walk-up window, a removable counter (seasonal), two Victorian benches and a Victorian style trash receptacle with decorative rings was selected.  A verbal vote to approve this application as presented:

            AYES:  Ms. Marlowe, Mr. Williams.  Record will reflect that Diane Stasi has recused herself from this application.

 

17 Prospect Street, (B23, L31) In Historic District, Classified H; owner John Reinfelder was present to discuss the changes to the front porch, south elevation and rear of existing home.  John informed HPC that they have deeds that date the original house at c.1830.  The supplied drawing was reviewed.  John explained the proposed front (facing street) will have the existing front concrete porch removed and replaced with a wood deck and steps with a black aluminum hand rail.  The porch overhang and two square posts will be replaced with two columns to support a more appropriate historic and sized hipped roof with ½ round gutters with leads.  According to the submitted drawing, the front porch columns appear to be too large for their application.  Reducing them in size will bring this to a more pleasing look.  HPC suggested that the leader system be tied to the house.  The wooden front entrance door will remain.  The cross buck storm door will be replaced with a full glass/screen wooden door.  A brick walkway will connect the wooden front porch to the sidewalk.

            The front of house has existing aluminum that can be repaired or taken off.  This allows the opportunity to reside with cement board.  It is not known what lies under the siding.  John is interested in this option and is willing to pursue this should his budget allow.  The existing plastic shutters should be removed or properly re-hung.  The existing kitchen casement window will be replaced with an Anderson casement window (C34) that has divided lights.

            On the south side elevation, the existing entry and stoop with railing, wall mounted air conditioner and existing casement window unit will be removed.  The structure will be resided to match existing.  In place of the existing casement window is proposed a bump out that will extend to ground level and windows to match existing addition windows.  HPC reviewed the drawing and suggested that the roof membrane be of metal, no shingles.  The casement window, install a wide sash to give the impression of a double hung window.  The window sill will be a true sill.  The bump out will not be sided with aluminum or vinyl, this includes the trim fascia boards.  The side windows will match the replacement rear windows that are in the same interior room.  The back yard entry door will be replaced with double entry French doors with divided lights.  The rear porch overhang matches the proposed front overhang with a rubber roof, decorative frieze and columns.

            A plot plan indicating the proposed free standing pergola will be installed in the rear side yard that aligns with the drive.  HPC recommends this site be rethought. The reason being that the back yard is so large, why limit the drive up to that point.  Should the driveway have the need for expansion in the future, it can easily be done.

            After documenting the supplied plan with red line drawings and review of application, HPC agreed on conditions of approval that the 8” columns on front porch are too heavy as shown, aluminum repaired (not replaced completely) or go back to wood siding, no aluminum or vinyl on bump out window-use wood or cement board.  HPC comments/recommends that when siding is removed, return to original siding, if wood still exists.  Shutters hung or simulated hung, or remove completely. A verbal vote to approve this application as discussed and read:

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

 

19 North Main Street (B23,L65), In Historic District, Classified C; applicant Stuart Alexander and contractor Sal Golisano were present for the application date received June 11, 2007.  During the last meeting, this returning application has not changed much in details but in the HPC recommendations.  The existing southern rear covered screened porch will be squared and converted into an enclosed area.  Owner will be installing an ADA lift on the rear porch entrance.  The window on the enclosure has been split.  It was noted that the Crest Engineering sheet was not updated, contractor is aware of this.  On the north elevation, a window will house a relocated window.  Brick paver driveway with a grass center is proposed between #17 and #19 North Main.  The front of the house will not change.  A sign will be installed on the front porch column; details were submitted at the March 6th meeting.  This application has virtually no impact from the street view.  A role call to approve this application as submitted:

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

 

77 North Main Street, (B23,L42) In Historic District, Classification C; an application was received regarding the work being performed on the front of house to the flashing, fascia, soffits, brackets and frieze board.  The existing siding was removed between the windows and soffits were removed.  It will be replace with a frieze board.  According to photos taken after the siding was removed, replacing the frieze board will bring back a historic element that was once covered.  The brackets are in need of repairs.  The yankee gutters will remain.  A role call to approve this application as presented:

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

 

21 Silvers Lane, (B26,L29.07) In Buffer Zone;  this application was reviewed at the HPC meeting of June 5, 2007.  Originally the proposed fence was to replace an existing wooden double split rail fence with a triple rail white PVC fence.  A revised application dated June 13, 2007, will now replaced existing double split rail with like.  A role call to approve this application as submitted: 

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

 

DISCUSSION

            Membership is one shy for full regular member capacity.  Wayne Girardet has attended this meeting as an interested and prospective HPC member.  Wayne is a dedicated individual who has a passion for restoring and currently lives in an older home in Cranbury.  He will write a letter of interest to the Mayor and Township Committee.  HPC would benefit in having Wayne as part of their Commission. 

            Secretary received an inquiry from the property owner of 5 and 7 Park Place.  Owner is interested in having triple track storm windows installed on 7 Park Place.  HPC is very familiar with this home, due to a past HPAC member once owned these properties.  There are storm windows for this structure, the style that needs changing with the seasons.  Secretary informed owner that exterior storm windows, according to the Ordinance, are not allowed.  However, interior storms are allowed. 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

            There being no further business, a motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe, seconded by Diane Stasi 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 19, 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 ________________________, 2007.

 

 

 

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                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Secretary