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Minutes of Historic Review Committee, 11/06/2014

AGENDA: Historic Review Committee

RECEIVED 11/10/2014 3:21pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


Present: Chairman Robert Dean, Secretary Anda Cumings, Matt Lecher, Alternate Jean Taylor.
Also present: Consultants Charles Couch and Stuart Reeve. Property owners Beau and Debbie Gravitte and their architect (present for Agenda item 48 George Hull Hill Road).
Chairman Rob Dean called the meeting to order at 7:35PM.

I. Minutes of Meeting, June 5, 2014
Chairman Robert Dean re-reads portions of the Minutes of the last Committee meeting, held on June 5th. After brief discussion, Matt Lecher motions to accept the Minutes of Meeting of June 5, 2014 as submitted. Robert Dean seconds.
Motion passed unanimously.

II. Demolition Application #2014-117 dated 10/21/14, 48 George Hull Hill Road
A. Discussion and Vote
Consultant Stuart Reeve presents a detailed Historical Assessment of the dwelling at 48 George Hull Hill Road, prepared by him and Kathleen Von Jena on November 3rd. The house in question was formerly owned by the late Lotte Fields of New York City, who, with her late husband Henry, built the dwelling in 1962. The structure is an unaltered example of mid-century modernist design, specifically a Concord 440 model Techbuilt house. Techbuilt, Inc., a manufacturer of prefabricated homes, was founded in 1953 by architect Carl Koch. Similar Techbuilt houses have been preserved in area towns, as the number of quality samples of this unique design from the mid-century time period are rare in Fairfield County. Stuart Reeve has also consulted with Chris Wigren of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, who is of the opinion, as is Dr. Reeve, that the structure at George Hull Hill Road meets the criteria of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lengthy discussion between Committee members ensues, as details of the report are brought forward. Mr. and Mrs. Gravitte and their designer also offer insights concerning the property.

Chairman Robert Dean brings the discussion period to a close. Matt Lecher motions that the Historic Review Committee find the house at 48 George Hull Hill Road to be historically sensitive, and that it be subjected to the provisions of the Demolition Delay Ordinance. Robert Dean seconds the motion, which passes unanimously.

B. Discussion of Mitigation Plan- 48 George Hull Hill Road
Beau and Debbie Gravitte request that the Committee present to them a Mitigation Plan as soon as possible. They state that they are eager to stay on schedule with their demolition, and that they do not intend to preserve the existing structure. The Committee, with input from its Consultants, discusses a potential Plan and agrees to the following requisites, to be completed by the home owners at their expense and under their supervision:
1. Develop digital copies of the original plans and elevations of the house. The original plans are currently known to be in the possession of Redding resident Marian Grebow at 123 Picketts Ridge Road. If possible, permission should be obtained for copying the documents that are in Ms. Grebow’s hands. If not, then alternate means will have to be found for documenting the house through drawings of plan, section and elevation views.
2. Produce a digital and hard copy photo-documentary of the entire house, including the exterior, interior and close ups of features and fixtures unique to its construction type and period. The photos are to be of professional quality and suitable for use as archival documentation.
3. Submit #1 and #2 to the Committee Chairman, who will check for completeness and adherence to this Plan. Upon the completion of this checking, the Mitigation Plan will be considered to be done, and the remainder of the Demolition Delay period will be waived.
4. The committee will see to it that the finished documentation is placed on file with the Mark Twain Library. The Committee will further make it known to other interested third parties such as the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation that this documentation is available to the public for study and interpretation.

Chairman Dean and Secretary Anda Cumings agree to prepare a document with these requisites for the Gravittes to review and sign.

III. Administrative & Chairman’s Report
Due to the lateness of the hour, Robert Dean suggests that administrative concerns be discussed at a new meeting.

Robert Dean motions to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Anda Cumings.

The meeting is adjourned at 10:00 PM.

Submitted by: Secretary Anda E. Cumings