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HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

SEPTEMBER 6, 2023

 Ms. Victoria Smith called the Historic District Commission meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. In attendance were Commission members Barbara Brown, David Holman, Samantha Hollomon, Michael McDowell, Rebecca Murphy, Monica Sella, and Kees de Mooy (Zoning Administrator), Lynda Thomas (Town Clerk) and guests.

Ms. Smith 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. Smith asked if there were any questions, comments, or additions to the minutes of the meeting of August 2, 2023.  Ms. Murphy moved to approve the minutes as presented, was seconded by Ms. Hollomon, and carried unanimously.

The items on the consent calendar were as follows:

  1. BP230156 – Giron, 307 Washington Avenue, gate;
  2. BP230168 – Bee Crafty, 335A High Street, sign;
  3. BP230169 – Dollar General, 100 Philosophers Terrace, fence;
  4. BP230174 – Davis, 335 High Street, sign;
  5. BP230175 – Coomer, 405C Cannon Street, replace fence;
  6. BP230178 – Paige, 317 S Queen Street, replace windows;

 Ms. Hollomon asked to remove BP230168 – Bee Crafty, 335A High Street – sign, from the consent calendar for additional review.

Ms. Murphy asked to remove BP230169 – Dollar General, 100 Philosophers Terrace, fence, from the consent calendar for additional review.

 Ms. Hollomon moved to approve the following as presented. 

  1. BP230156 – Giron, 307 Washington Avenue – gate;
  2. BP230174 – Davis, 335 High Street, sign;
  3. BP230175 – Coomer, 405C Cannon Street, replace fence;
  4. BP230178 – Paige, 317 S Queen Street, replace windows;

The motion was seconded by Ms. Brown and passed; Mr. Holman abstained from BP230156. 

 New Business

The next item on the agenda was BP230168 – Bee Crafty, 335A High Street, sign. Mr. & Ms. Cowley were present for the application.  Work will consist of a sign on a storm door. 

Ms. Hollomon stated that the storm door does not comply with guideline requirements for a storm door and by adding a sign to it takes it further out of compliance.

Mr. McDowell asked if the door was a screen door that was painted.  Mr. Cowley stated that he made a wooden screen door to keep the flies out of the shop and put the shop logo on it. 

Ms. Cowley stated that there is a sign above the door which will be removed if the door is approved or vice versa.

Mr. McDowell made a motion to approve BP230168 – Bee Crafty, 335A High Street, sign. The motion was seconded by Ms. Murphy and passed, with Ms. Hollomon opposed and Ms. Brown abstained. Kees de Mooy noted that it is with the understanding that the sign above the door would be removed.

The next item on the agenda was BP230169 – Dollar General, 100 Philosophers Terrace, fence.  The applicant was not present for the application. Work will consist of building an 11’x12’x6’ dumpster enclosure. 

Ms. Murphy asked about the size of the fence relative to the building.  Mr. de Mooy stated that it is sized for a dumpster that has been there for two (2) years.

Ms. Murphy made a motion to approve BP230169 – Dollar General, 100 Philosophers Terrace, fence. The motion was seconded by Ms. Brown and passed.

The next item on the agenda was BP230147 – Chesapeake Community Development, LLC, 423 High Street, demolition. Zack Smith was present for the application.  Work will consist of demolishing the existing structure to make way for a new building.  It was noted that the town has issued an order to demolish the building.  

Mr. McDowell asked what plans would be taken to keep the rodents, lead paint and asbestos contained. It was noted that the license contractor will follow appropriate removal procedures with each. 

Ms. Murphy asked about having the façade photographed and preserved. 

Ms. Smith noted to make sure to have an archaeological study done.

Ms. Brown asked that they connect with the neighbors about the demolition and new building and asked to save any architectural items that are salvageable.

Ms. Hollomon made a motion to approve BP230147 – Chesapeake Community Development, LLC, 423 High Street, demolition, as presented. The motion was seconded by Ms. Sella and passed.

 The next item on the agenda was BP230171 – Singh, 315 High Street, fence and replace windows. Mr. Singh was present for the application. Work will consist of replacing the windows with clad wood Anderson windows and painting the windows black to match the ones being removed and replacing the door in the accessory building and installing a fence around the property.    

Mr. Holman made a motion to approve BP230171 – Singh, 315 High Street, fence & replace windows, as presented. The motion was seconded by Ms. Murphy and passed.

The next item on the agenda was BP230173 – Conte, 109 N Water Street, exterior renovation. Perry Conte was present for the application. Work will consist of repairing the brick and mortar on the house and finishing with a limestone wash, repairing the seawall, replacing all rotting wood and installing an EV outlet on the side of house.

Mr. McDowell made a motion to approve BP230173 – Conte, 109 N Water Street, exterior renovation, as presented. The motion was seconded by Ms. Brown and passed.

 The next item on the agenda was BP230176 – Van Name, 108 Spring Avenue, garage addition. Mr. Philips was present for the application. Work will consist of the demolition of a lean-to shed and constructing an attached accessory building/garage. 

Ms. Murphy made a motion to approve BP230176 – Van Name, 108 Spring Avenue, garage addition, as presented. The motion was seconded by Ms. Hollomon and passed.

The next item on the agenda was BP230162 – Batchik, 206 Cannon Street, demolition. Christopher Frank, Architect, was present for the application.  Work will consist of demolishing the existing structure, which was formerly used by Chestertown Natural Foods and subsequently as an office and workshop for Yerkes Construction. The building is a non-contributing resource in the Historic District. 

Ms. Hollomon made a motion to approve BP230162 – Batchik, 206 Cannon Street, demolition, to be replaced on that lot with a single-family residence upon approval of that design. The motion was seconded by Ms. Brown and passed.

The next item on the agenda was BP230163 – Batchik, 206 Cannon Street, new construction.  Christopher Frank, Architect, was present for the application. Work will consist of building an approximately 5,500 square-foot single-family residence with two (2) accessory buildings, a pool, and an impervious paver driveway.

Mr. Frank noted the façade would be board and batten vertical plank drawn from the area’s commercial influences. The steep front and rear gables would be visible from Cannon and Cross. He noted that a standing seam roof is planned but may change to fiberglass shingles.

All Historic District Commission members were in agreement that the proposed building is grossly out of proportion with the neighborhood. The architect was encouraged to work on the massing and scale of the building and the Commission agreed to table the application until a later meeting.

The next item on the agenda was BP230177 – Rhodes, 203 Philosopher’s Terrace, siding, windows, gutters, and roof. No representative was present for the application, so the project was tabled.

Ms. Murphy recused herself from the following applications.

The next item on the agenda, for first review, was BP230160 – Hutchison, Lot 7 Cannon Street, new construction. John Hutchison was present for the application. Work will consist of building a 2-story single-family residence with front and back porches and an attached garage. Commission members gave various comments and suggestions and tabled this project for review at the upcoming October meeting.   

The next item on the agenda, for first review, was BP230161 – Hutchison, Lot 4 Cannon Street, new construction. John Hutchison was present for the application. Work will consist of building a 2-story single family residence with 2 bedrooms (one bedroom with a loft), a patio, and a shed on Lot 4 of Cannon Square. Commission members gave various comments and suggestions and tabled this project for a second review.

The next item on the agenda was BP230130 – Caringal, 336 Cannon Street, new construction. No representative was present for the application. This item was tabled.

The next item on the agenda, for a second review, was BP230141 – Hutchison, Lot 3 Cannon Street, new construction. John Hutchison was present for the application. Work will consist of building a 2-story single family residence with a front and back porch on Lot 4 of Cannon Square. A parking area with a fence and a gate at the rear of the property is also planned.

Mr. Hutchison reviewed the changes made after the last meeting.  The original rear design with roof overhang, over part of the upper deck, with a deeper porch was replaced with a shorter porch with no roof overhang. The upper roof was changed from standing seam metal to shingles to match the main roof.  The siding with board and batten on the first floor and shingle on the second floor was changed to horizontal siding on the first floor and board and batten on the second floor. The side elevation windows were changed due to the building code requirement for egress windows for the bedroom.

Mr. Holman made a motion to approve BP230141 – Hutchison, Lot 3 Cannon Street, new construction, as presented with an addendum to return for landscaping and exterior lighting plan approval. The motion was seconded by Ms. Brown and passed.

Ms. Murphy returned to the meeting.

Mr. Holman recused himself from the next two applications:

The next item on the agenda was BP230027 – Dietz, 117 N Queen Street, addition. Mr. Dietz was present for the application. Work will consist of changing the pitch to the roof line of the rear of the house to change the volume and height on the inside of the structure and changed the size of the windows on the side facing the alley.  Mr. Dietz presented two (2) options, Option A with a trim piece and Option B without the trim piece. 

Ms. Hollomon asked how this plan differed from the plan approved in March. Thomas Dietz noted the change in the roof pitch.  The original plan showed the roof pitch on the lower roof was 2 over 12 and it is now 3 over 12. The change was made to allow the use of architectural shingles and meet warranty requirements. He noted the windows are also smaller. 

Ms. Hollomon made a motion to approve BP230027 – Dietz, 117 N Queen Street, addition; for the roof design and window modifications shown in option A, as presented. The motion was seconded by Mr. McDowell and passed.

The next item on the agenda was BP230152 – Dietz, 117 N Queen Street, garage. This item was temporarily withdrawn.   

There being no further business, Ms. Hollomon moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:40 p.m., was seconded by Ms. Murphy and passed unanimously. 

 Submitted by:                                                             Approved by:

Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk                                       Vicky Smith, Chair

 

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AGENDA
HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION
SEPTEMBER 6, 2023

4:00 p.m.

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.

  1. Minutes of previous meetings of August 2, 2023
  2. Consent Calendar
    1. BP230156 – Giron, 307 Washington Avenue – gate;
    2. BP230168 – Bee Crafty, 335A High Street – sign;
    3. BP230169 – Dollar General, 100 Philosophers Terrace, fence;
    4. BP230174 – Davis, 335 High Street, sign;
    5. BP230175 – Coomer, 405C Cannon Street, replace fence;
    6. BP230178 – Paige, 317 S Queen Street, replace windows;
  3. New Business
    1. BP230147 – Chesapeake Community Development, LLC, 423 High Street, demolition;
    2. BP230171 – Singh, 315 High Street, fence & replace windows;
    3. BP230173 – Conte, 109 N Water Street, exterior renovation;
    4. BP230176 – Van Name, 108 Spring Avenue, garage addition;
    5. BP230162 – Batchik, 206 Cannon Street, demolition;
    6. BP230163 – Batchik, 206 Cannon Street, new construction;
    7. BP230177 – Rhodes, 203 Philosopher’s Terrace, siding, windows, gutters, roof;
    8. BP230160 – Hutchison, Lot 7 Cannon Street, new construction;
    9. BP230161 – Hutchison, Lot 4 Cannon Street, new construction;
  4. Old Business
    1. BP230130 – Caringal, 336 Cannon Street, new construction;
    2. BP230141 – Hutchison, Lot 3 Cannon Street, new construction;
    3. BP230027 – Dietz, 117 N Queen Street, addition;
    4. BP230152 – Dietz, 117 N Queen Street, garage;
  5. Adjourn
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