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 October 16, 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, Chairperson, Bobbie Marlowe called the meeting to order and Linda M. Scott performed as Secretary.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Wayne Girardet, Diane Stasi, Alana Stops and Bobbie Marlowe were present. 

 

MINUTES

            The minutes of the October 2, 2007 meeting were reviewed, amended with minor changes and then approved with a motion by Diane Stasi, second by Bobbie Marlowe, all in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

            15 Prospect Street, (B33,L22) In Historic District, Classified C; Bobbie informed everyone that unbeknownst to the homeowner, a re-roofing application was received from the roofing contractor to perform work.  A motion to table this application until the November 20th meeting was taken.   

 

            79 North M ain Street, (B23,L42.01) In Historic District, Classified C; a demolition application received on October 5, 2007 was hand delivered by homeowner, Glenn R. Johnson.  Mr. Johnson called this afternoon, October 16, 2007 at 2:55 pm to state that he wishes to withdraw the demolition application.

 

            86 North Main Street, (B29,L5) In Historic District, Classified C, Conceptual; Architect Bill Gittings and homeowner Michael Ferrante were present to discuss the proposed concept drawings.  A two story addition to the rear of the home with a basement is proposed for this bungalow style home.  The back lean-to screened porch and existing garage will be removed to make room for the proposed.  The existing structure has two types of siding, the lower level (first floor) is an applied brick facing and is in good condition.  The top floor (second level) has aluminum siding.  It is not known what is under this aluminum siding.  Clapboard siding is proposed for the rear addition on both levels.  It was suggested that the existing aluminum be removed on the main structure and sided with clapboard for uniformity.  Homeowner will investigate this.

            The main gable on the existing house has one cross, which will be duplicated for continuity and visually tie the existing and the new together.  The existing windows are not efficient and if the budget allows, change the windows to Anderson 400 series or Marvin. There is an existing triple window on the right elevation that was changed from two 6/1 window units as pictured in file photo 1989. 

            A proposed circular window on the front of proposed garage is not appropriate for this simple craftsman style home. 

            HPC would like more information as the project details progresses. The proposed addition does not over power the existing. 

 

            101 North Main Street, (B25,L30) In Historic District, Classified C+;  owner Stuart Hagerty supplied samples of composite “slate” shingles but was not present to discuss them.  Samples from EcoStar and Lamarite were reviewed.  Lamarite has a website that was viewed by Alana and Linda.  HPC questioned if the rounded shape (fish scale) that currently exists is available in the same shape.  Of the supplied samples, there is nothing stating such and nothing was present on the website. 

            HPC queried the total percentage slate roof repair or replacement.  Before a decision can be made and according to §93-5 C(3), documentation from a structural engineer indicating what the percentage of repair or replacement of this slate roof should be presented.  Information regarding how the product would affect the gables, ridges and valleys will need to be detailed. Secretary will send a letter requesting this information be supplied.

            HPC would like to minimize the loss of slate roofs on structures within the Historic District.  Bobbie asked that should the existing roof be un-repairable, is everyone comfortable with the supplied Lamarite sample and HPC considered that this product would be a possible substitution.  Alana stated that due to the commercial zoning of this property there is a possibility of receiving tax credits for this structure but certain requirements would need to be met and adhered to.

           

DISCUSSION

            Diane, Alana and Bobbie are interested in attending the Preserving the Recent Past: An Overview at Drew University on November 10, 2007

            A newsletter article will need to be written for the upcoming Township newsletter.

            The approved 2008 HPC meeting schedule was distributed.

                       

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 at 9:00pm.

 

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 October 16, 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 November 20, 2007.

 

 

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                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Secretary