Historic District Commission, Minutes|

Chairman Michael Lane called the regular meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. In attendance were Commission members John Ames, Alexa Cawley, Lucy Maddox, Nancy McGuire and Ed Minch, Kees de Mooy, Zoning Administrator, Jennifer Mulligan, Town Clerk and guests.

Mr. Lane 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.

Mr. Lane asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the meeting of February 4, 2015. Mr. Minch moved to approve the minutes as submitted, was seconded by Ms. Maddox and carried unanimously.

The Consent Calendar was as follows:
a. BP2015-16 – Reynold’s Yachts, 106 Spring Avenue – Sign;
b. BP2015-20 – Mear’s/Rasin, 107 High Street – Porch Renovations;
c. BP2015-21 – Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross Street – Window Restorations;
d. BP2015-22 – Drew McMullen, 211 N. Water Street – Exterior Renovations;
e. BP2015-23 – Chester River Wine & Cheese Co., 117 S. Cross Street – Sign;
f. BP2015-24 – Bozarth/Mowell, 107 Court Street – Roof

Ms. McGuire asked that BP2015-16 be removed from the consent agenda and Mr. Lane requested to remove BP2015-22. The Commission agreed.

Mr. Ames moved to approve the following applications as they were in accordance with the Historic District Commission Guidelines:
b. BP2015-20 – Mear’s/Rasin, 107 High Street – Porch Renovations;
c. BP2015-21 – Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross Street – Window Restorations;
e. BP2015-23 – Chester River Wine & Cheese Co., 117 S. Cross Street – Sign;
f. BP2015-24 – Bozarth/Mowell, 107 Court Street – Roof
The motion was seconded by Mr. Minch and carried unanimously.

The next item on the application was BP2015-16 from Reynold’s Yachts at 106 Spring Avenue for a sign. Ms. McGuire asked where the sign would be located. Ms. Mulligan stated that it was her understanding that the sign would be placed under the porch on the opposite side of the door where the existing signage is located.

Ms. McGuire moved to approve BP2015-16 as it was in keeping with the Historic District Guidelines, with the understanding that the sign will be installed on the other side of the door, opposite of the existing sign, under the porch, and with the Owner Authorization Form to be obtained for the file, was seconded by Ms. Cawley and carried unanimously.

The next item on the agenda was BP2015-22 from Drew McMullen at 211 N. Water Street for exterior renovations. Drew and Claire McMullen were present for the application. Mr. Lane stated that the application called for repairs to the wood clapboard and he wanted to know what the repairs would be made with,, noting that he was removing aluminum and vinyl siding. Ms. Mulligan stated that the applicant planned to remove the vinyl siding and restore the original clapboard. If any clapboard had to be replaced; it would be replaced in wood.

Mr. McMullen stated that there was an elevator bay on the left side of the house and said that this was built in the 1970s with plywood. The Commission agreed that Mr. McMullen could either use wood or Hardiplank siding on that portion of the restoration.

Mr. McMullen stated that he was applying to the Maryland Historical Trust for tax credits.

Mr. Lane moved to approve the application as submitted, was seconded by Mr. Minch and carried unanimously.

The next item on the agenda was BP2015-03 from Al Cassinelli at 313 Cannon Street (aka 323/327 High Street) for exterior renovations on the High Street façade. Mr. Joe Skinner, architect, was present for the application. Mr. Lane read the application into the record.

Mr. Skinner stated that he responded to the various comments of the Commission at the February meeting. He said that they were seeking approval to convert the design of the storefront on the first floor to resemble the massing of other buildings on the street, with an offset entranceway similar to Flow Salon & Spa and the Chestertown Pharmacy. He said that there would be single doors on each side of the property.

Mr. Skinner stated that he would return at a later date to discuss removing the dormers and inserting double hung windows as part of Phase II renovations.

Mr. Lane stated that a sign was shown under each of the bow windows on the sketches and asked if there were going to be different signs on the building. Mr. Skinner stated that the intent was for a different name for each operation, as one side would be a wine bar and the other would be a distillery.

Mr. Skinner stated that the area under the windows on the ground floor would be a composite material and said that the existing brick on the sides would remain.

Mr. Minch moved to approve BP2015-03 for Phase I renovation of the building, was seconded by Ms. Cawley and carried with five (5) in favor, Mr. Ames opposed.
The next item on the agenda was BP2015-14 from Christ United Methodist Church at 401 High Street for a roof over a handicap ramp. Mr. Lane read the application into the record. Mr. Lawson Smith, builder, was present for the application.

Ms. McGuire asked about the existing light over the door. Mr. Smith stated that the roof would be built over the light.

Mr. Ames moved to approve BP2015-14 as submitted as it was in keeping with the Design Guidelines, was seconded by Ms. McGuire and carried unanimously.

The next item on the agenda was BP201517 from Trout/QA13 Architects at 110 Riverside Terrace (Unit 4) to demolish the existing structure and rebuild. Ms. Paula Beall, Architect, was present for the application. Mr. Lane read the application into the record.

Ms. Beall stated that this application has gone before the condominium association and the project was approved. She said that there was also a building inspection included showing the existing condition of the structure. Ms. Cawley stated that this was a non-contributing structure and thought that this application could be a one-step process, rather than a two-part hearing.

Ms. McGuire stated that in reviewing all criteria for demolition, the building in question was non-contributing and moved to approve demolition of the structure as per the applicant’s request, was seconded by Mr. Minch and carried unanimously.

Ms. McGuire stated that she would not move for a formal archaeological study of this property, but suggested that if any artifacts were uncovered during the build, they be documented for the Commission.

Mr. Ames moved to approve the new construction as proposed for 110 Riverside Terrace as the massing and scale was in keeping with the existing streetscape of the condominium development and streetscape of Riverside Terrace, was seconded by Mr. Minch and carried unanimously.

The next item on the agenda was BP2015-19 from Chesapeake Bank at 245 High Street for signage. Mr. Lane read the application into the record. Mr. Glen Wilson, president of Chesapeake Bank, Mr. Rick Kaufman, retired bank executive, and Ms. Morgan Baker, branch manager were present for the application.

Mr. Wilson stated that when the ATM was approved, the drawings showed a sign that said “Chesapeake Bank and Trust” and he would like to follow-through with that signage. The directional sign for the ATM was for convenience showing people visiting to Town where to find the ATM.

Mr. de Mooy stated that he has been working with the bank and said that another bank in Town has two (2) bronze signs and an ATM sign. He said that the Chesapeake Bank also has photographic evidence of bronze signs flanking the bank on the High Street entrance. He said that the signs would be replicated to the same size as the signs for Maryland Bank and reinstalled. He said the historical precedent for the sign gave the opening for permission for the signage. There was a provision in the sign ordinance for “way finding” signs for ATM sign.

Ms. McGuire stated that it is clearly shown that there is evidence where the original signs were installed and would be installed using the same holes as were used with the first signs. Mr. Lane stated that it appeared there was some erosion around the holes where the signs existed.

Ms. McGuire asked if three (3) signs on the building was legal. Mr. de Mooy stated that the sign ordinance was amended to allow more than one sign on the front of the building if there was historic evidence indicating that signs existed.

Ms. Maddox moved to approve the signage as proposed for BP2015-19 at Chesapeake Bank, was seconded by Ms. McGuire and carried unanimously.

There being no further business, Ms. Maddox moved to adjourn the meeting at 5:00 p.m., was seconded by Ms. Cawley and carried unanimously.

Submitted by:
Jennifer Mulligan
Town Clerk

Approved by:
Michael Lane
Chairman

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