Historic District Commission Meeting Minutes – December 7, 2017

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HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

DECEMBER 7, 2016

Alexa Silver, Chair, called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. In attendance were Commission members Ted Gallo, Ed Minch and Alice Ritchie, Kees de Mooy, Zoning Administrator, Jennifer Mulligan, Town Clerk and guests.

Ms. Silver stated that the Chestertown Historic District Commission takes its authority from Chapter 93 of the Code of the Town of Chestertown and operates under the Historic District Design Guidelines that were adopted by the Mayor and Council of Chestertown on October 7, 2002 and revised March 7, 2012.

Ms. Silver asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the meetings of October 5, 2016 and November 2, 2016. Mr. Minch moved to approve the minutes of October 5, 2016 and November 2, 2015 as originally submitted, was seconded by Mr. Gallo and carried unanimously.

The consent calendar consisted of 5 items as follows:

  1. BP2016-120 – Worrell’s Tavern/Victor Stango, 118,120,122 Cannon Street – roof replacement in kind;
  2. BP2016-121 – Norma Tomlinson, 513 Cannon Street – roof replacement in kind;
  3. BP2016-131 – Yerkes Construction/Richardson Properties – 200 N. Queen Street – storm windows;
  4. BP2016-133 – Yerkes Construction/Washington College, 307-309 Washington Avenue – brick walkway between the buildings;
  5. BP2016-134 – Charles Paff, 203 Washington Avenue – roof replacement in kind.

Mr. Gallo moved to accept the consent calendar as presented:

  • BP2016-120 – Worrell’s Tavern/Victor Stango, 118,120,122 Cannon Street – roof replacement in kind in keeping with Historic District Commission Guidelines III.7 Roofs;
  • BP2016-121 – Norma Tomlinson, 513 Cannon Street – roof replacement in kind in keeping with Historic District Commission Guidelines III.7 Roofs;
  • BP2016-131 – Yerkes Construction/Richardson Properties – 200 N. Queen Street – storm windows in keeping with Historic District Commission Guidelines III 6.6 for storm windows;
  • BP2016-133 – Yerkes Construction/Washington College, 307-309 Washington Avenue – brick walkway between the buildings in keeping with Historic District Commission Guidelines V.2 connecting walkway of same material;
  • BP2016-134 – Charles Paff, 203 Washington Avenue – roof replacement in kind in keeping with Historic District Commission Guidelines III.7 Roofs.

 

The motion was seconded by Mr. Minch and carried unanimously.

BP2016-132 – 225 S. WATER STREET

The next item on the agenda was BP2016-132 from Helena Hermes for a fence and glass shed enclosure at 225 S. Water Street. Mr. Jay Yerkes (Yerkes Construction) was present for the application.  Ms. Silver read the application into the record.  Mr. Yerkes stated that the cedar fence he was proposing was identical to a neighboring fence on the block.  The glass garden shed was a pre-fabricated building and was made of glass and aluminum.  It would be just slightly visible over the fence. Mr. Minch moved to accept BP2016-132 for a 6’ high cedar fence and glass garden shed and in keeping with Historic District Commission Guidelines V.5 Walls and Fences and IV.4 Accessory Buildings, was seconded by Mr. Gallo and carried unanimously.

BP2014-138A – 504 CANNON STREET

The next item on the agenda was BP2014-138A from Wendy Cronin at 504 Cannon Street for exterior renovations. Ms. Wendy Cronin (owner) and Mr. Kurt Christophel (contractor) were present for the application. Ms. Silver read the application into the record.  Ms. Cronin stated that the original windows will remain on the front façade, taking originals from the side of the original portion of the house for uniformity.  The side and rear windows proposed were Anderson 50 Series 1-over-1 with vinyl frames in various sizes, noting that she included photos of the same windows on a neighboring property.  There were photos of the wooden doors proposed for the rear, side and basement.  The side entry was also shown in detail and would have an asphalt shingle roof to match the rest of the house. Mr. Minch moved to approve BP2014-138A as presented as it was in keeping with Historic District Commission Guidelines III.6 Windows and Doors, was seconded by Mr. Gallo and carried unanimously.

BP2016-119 – 407 HIGH STREET

The next item on the agenda was BP2016-119 from Robert Busler at 407 High Street for exterior renovations. Mr. Busler was present for the application.  Ms. Silver read the application into the record.  Mr. Busler stated that the basic request was to remove the vinyl siding approved by the Historic District Commission in the 1990s and replacing it with Hardiplank siding with a 6” reveal.  The wood siding on the front of the house had a 7” reveal. Mr. Gallo moved to approve BP2016-119 for Hardiplank siding on the rear addition of the house as it was in keeping with the Historic District Commission Guidelines III.5 Siding, was seconded by Mr. Minch and carried unanimously.

BP2016-126 – 223 PHILOSOPHERS TERRACE

The next item on the agenda was BP2016-126 from QA13 Architects/Barton for exterior renovations at 223 Philosophers Terrace. Ms. Paula Beall (QA13 Architects) was present for the application.  Ms. Silver read the application into the record.  Ms. Beall stated that the reason for the new window in the basement is for a means of egress to meet code.  She said that the side door once existed but had been covered over at some point, so the intent was to bring it back to the original design. Ms. Ritchie moved to approve BP2016-126 as presented for replacing the existing front steps adding a riser, tread, railings, egress window well and exterior door and tread at the original location on the side of the structure as in keeping with the Historic District Commission Guidelines III.8 Porches and III.6 Windows and Doors, was seconded by Mr. Gallo and carried unanimously.  

BP2016-130 – 309 WASHINGTON AVENUE

The next item on the agenda was BP2016-130 from Washington College for a garage renovation at 309 Washington Avenue. Mr. Reid Raudenbush (Washington College) was present for the application.  Ms. Silver read the application into the record.  Mr. Raudenbush stated that the garage has been unused since the College purchased the building and they would like to clean it up for use it as an artist studio.  He said that the biggest change to the exterior would be that the fiberglass garage doors are being replaced with carriage style garage doors that will open out to the street rather than roll up. Mr. Gallo moved to approve BP2016-130 as presented as it was in keeping with the Historic District Commission Guidelines III.10 for Exterior Buildings, III6.1 for Doors, III.11 for Lighting and III.7 Roofs, was seconded by Mr. Minch and carried unanimously.

BP2016-126 – 104 SOUTH KENT STREET

The last item on the agenda was BP2016-125 from Martin Carrigan and Ms. Joyce Poff at 104 S. Kent Street for an addition. Mr. Carrigan (builder) was present for the application.  Ms. Silver read the application into the record.  Mr. Carrigan stated that the pipes on the back addition are leaking into the house which has caused a good deal of rot and said it was also not built to code.  The proposal was to remove the existing back additions and replace them with one addition that will project further into the backyard.  Renderings and photos were included indicating the design and materials proposed for the project. Ms. Ritchie moved to approve BP2016-125 to remove an existing addition and replace it with a 522 sq.ft. addition with Hardiplank siding, architectural shingle roof, Integrity casement vinyl windows, and vinyl clad doors and skylights as attached to the application as it was in keeping with the Historic District Commission Guidelines IV New Construction and Additions, was seconded by Mr. Gallo and carried unanimously.

Ms. Silver stated that she would like some input from the Commission as to what type of workshops she could arrange for in the future.

There being no further business, Mr. Gallo moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:00 p.m., was seconded by Ms. Silver and carried unanimously.

Submitted by:                                                 Approved by:

Jennifer Mulligan                                           Alexa Silver

Town Clerk                                                     Chair

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