MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

HISTORIC PRESERVATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

The regular meeting of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission was held at the Town Hall, Cranbury, New Jersey, on June 21, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.

 

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 3, 2005 of this meeting’s date, time, place and agenda was mailed to the news media, posted on the Township bulletin 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 acted as the Chairperson thereof, and, Linda M. Scott, Secretary for the Commission, performed as Secretary.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

Kate McConnell, Diane Stasi, Don Jo Swanagan, and Chairperson Bobbie Marlowe, were present.   Harry Williams called to inform secretary that he will not be able to attend.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the June 7, 2005 meeting were reviewed, amended and then approved.  A motion by Kate McConnell to approve, seconded by Diane Stasi, all were in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

            Bill Gittings was present for Colaizzo, 34 Maplewood Ave. (B33, L17).  This application includes changes that were previously approved.  North elevation has window location changes and styles (6/6).  A new and proposed addition onto the east elevation will have roofing materials that will match existing, the windows will be simulated divided 6/6, the siding will match existing cedar clapboard.   HPAC would like to have a demarcation board on the second level between the existing and new addition.  This was red lined onto the south elevation drawing (A3 of 6/14/05) and approved.   Three sets of plans were stamped, signed and approved, with all in favor.  Two sets are for the construction department and one for HPAC file.            

            Bill Gitting was present to discuss 6 Westminster Place (B31,L9).  Conceptual for this site was presented in March 2005.  Bill discussed the proposed idea to change this existing structure into a carriage house that will sit on a separate neighboring lot and, if need be, converted back to a house in the future.  There is not much historic integrity left of this structure.  The foundation will most likely need rebuilding, the windows have been replaced and the siding is unsympathetic.  The roof is in good condition and the skeleton is left of the original historic house.  It is not how this structure is used, but how it appears that makes it an HPAC decision.  It was suggested that this structure, using the same footprint, be designed as a barn or similar carriage house or out building, giving the appearance that it belongs and is compatible with the neighboring house without over powering it.  HPAC suggested that applicant look around town and see how other homes in town that have out buildings, to see how they compliment each other. HPAC would not balk at approving a demolition permit for this structure and starting anew.  Harry Williams provided comment that this existing structure is more appropriate that it remains a house.  This application was formally denied.     

            Mr. M.Balint, Esq.; Mr. B. Valerius, Archt.; and Donda Sternberg, owner of Gentle Healing were present to discuss a new building on the rear of the existing property.  The applicants have a Planning Board application. (PB084-05).  The exterior elements were review by Mr. Valerius.  It is harmonious with the main structure on this site.  HPAC would like to have the pediment gable decoration on the proposed building replaced with a matching detail of main building.  The windows should have sills and trim to windows.  The corner bracket should also match.  These conditions were stated on the application, which was approved by all.  Diane Stasi recused herself.  An approval letter will be generated copying to the Planning Board.  Red lines were noted on the sealed plans.  This site is not in the Historic District. 

            Application was received from Jane Zingg Huff of 84 North Main Street (B29.L6) for hand forged railing that will flank the sides of the front porch steps.  The design of the railing is very compatible with this arts & craft bungalow.  This application was reviewed with the supplied drawings.  This was approved by all.

            Rodney Henry of 19 Griggs was not present for discussion of his submitted conceptual drawings.

 

DISCUSSION

            99 North Main has not made contact with HPAC regarding the pergola roofline, whether he will appeal or not.  He did stipulate that he is weighing his options for which are more feasible for him.  Secretary will call Joe Stonaker for the legality of the time for filing an appeal.  Section 93-9 states that the granting or denial of approval may be appealed to the Township Committee in the same manner as if the appeal were taken pursuant to NJSA 40:55D-17. 

            The July 5th meeting will be cancelled, all in favor.      

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe, seconded by Kate McConnell, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 8:10 pm.

 

CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY

I, Undersigned, do hereby certify;

That I am duly acting secretary of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission and,

That the foregoing minutes, of the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, held on June 21, 2005, consisting of 2 pages, constitutes 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 Advisory Commission this __________, 2005.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary