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 November 20, 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 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

            Diane Stasi, Alana Stops, Harry Williams (7:38pm) and Chair, Bobbie Marlowe were present.  Record will reflect that Wayne Girardet contacted secretary stating he would be unable to attend.

 

MINUTES

            The minutes of the October 16th meeting were reviewed, amended and approved with a motion by Bobbie Marlow and second by Alana Stops, all in favor.  Harry Williams abstained.

 

APPLICATIONS

            16 Prospect Street, (B28,L16) Conceptual, In Buffer Zone, not Classified; Architect Bill Gittings and homeowner Ray Dickey were present to discuss conceptual drawings for a proposed rear renovation to existing home.  Updated drawings were presented at the meeting (recd 11-20-07).  This proposed addition does not disturb the front elevation streetscape.  The existing rear will be removed, a new foundation with a basement installed then topped with a two story addition.  Cement board will be considered for the siding.  Doing so will allow matching the paint between the existing and new structures.  A new bedroom proposes a triple window plan, a large window flanked with two smaller windows.  HPC questioned if these windows could be same size double hung matching.  This will be investigated.  The double French sliding doors in the great room will open into the back yard. Temporary steps will stretch the length of the great room; future plans are to install a patio.

            HPC is fine with the plans as discussed.  Bill will submit building plans from this meeting for HPC to approve before submitting to the construction department.

 

            4 Scott Avenue, (B33,L33) Conceptual, In Historic District, Classified C; Architect Bill Gittings and homeowner Daniel Pease were present to discuss the conceptual drawings for a proposed two story addition to the existing home on the south east corner. 

            The north elevation will have no changes to the existing.  The addition, east elevation, will extend out and beyond.  The roof height and materials will match existing.

            On the south elevation lower level, two existing double hung side by side windows will be replaced with a box bay window.  It will have three windows with the two outside as casements.  On the upper level, two existing double hung windows will be replaced with a two side by side casement window.  For the proposed addition, an existing sliding door currently located in the kitchen will be reused in the new dining room on the southern wall. The upper level will have three casement windows with a stationery middle window.

            On the east elevation, an existing deteriorated chimney will be removed to make room for a planned dining room.  The new chimney is proposed for this elevation.  The lower level will have two casement windows on each side of the chimney.  The upper level of the proposed addition will have one casement window.  The existing house, over the kitchen, will have an existing window removed and two new casements will be installed.  One casement will use the existing opening and a proposed cut opening for the other casement.

            The west elevation will have one upper level existing window replaced with a casement window that matches the east elevation casement windows over the kitchen.

            This application was before HPAC in November 2005.  Changes include windows and door placement, but the footprint remains the same.  HPC did not want the addition to overpower the existing house along with having the least obtrusive from the street, a view to Brainerd Lake.

            HPC is fine with the plans as discussed.  Bill will submit building plans from this meeting for HPC to approve before submitting to the construction department.

 

            Administrative Officer reported that the following applications were approved for:

            24 North Main Street, (B32,L12) In Historic District-Emergency re-roofing on October 24. 2007.  The actual building is the barn located behind the A.S. Cole Funeral building. The materials used are like with like asphalt shingles.

            30 North Main Street, (B32,L8) In Historic District-Emergency repairs on October 19, 2007.  Removal of current danger of collapse of the non-functional, cracked chimney with repairs to the roof in the same area was approved by Bobbie Marlowe.

            83 North Main Street, (B23,L41) In Historic District-Emergency re-roofing on November 1, 2007.  This property has two dwellings on it.  The smaller of the two dwellings had the cedar shingled roof replaced with same.

            42 Station Road, (B18,L20.20) In Buffer Zone-Emergency re-roofing on November 7, 2007.  The existing asphalt shingles were replaced with like.

            5 North Main Street, (B23,L69) In Historic District-Emergency re-roofing on November 14, 2005.  The repairs to this dwelling did not exceed 25%, but were repaired in kind.

 

            15 Prospect Street, (B23,L32) In Buffer Zone-Mrs. Ward, homeowner, called to state that minor roof repairs will be performed on the rear.  No application needed.  The submitted application by Banner Roofing was withdrawn.  According to Michelle at Banner, they do not perform repairs. 

            101 North Main Street, (B25,L30.01) In Historic District-Mr. Hagerty, owner, stopped in the HPC office to personally withdraw his application for the slate roof.

 

DISCUSSION

            Record will reflect that Mr. M. Coffey attended this meeting to hear discussions.  He is considering the alternate position.

            Diane emailed an article draft copy regarding Preserving the Recent Past: An Overview a seminar attended by Bobbie, Alana and herself on November 10, 2007.  The topic will be the next HPC article for the upcoming township newsletter. CEU’s were credited from Drew Univ. for their attendance.

            Alana will be unable to attend the December 18 meeting.  Bobbie will check her availability for this date also.

            Harry informed everyone that the Trenton Historical Society will hold their Stop the Wrecking Ball on December 1st in the Ferdinand Roebling Mansion on West State Street.  It is formal attire.

 

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 9:00pm.

 

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 November 20, 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 December 4, 2007.

 

 

 

 

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                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Secretary