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Minutes of Historic Review Committee, 04/03/2014

AGENDA: Historic Review Committee

RECEIVED 04/07/2014 8:30am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk


Present: Chairman Robert Dean, Secretary Anda Cumings, Alternate Sherry Karraker seated for Zoning Commission, Matt Lecher (future Zoning Commission appointee), Alternate Jean Taylor.
Also present: Consultants Kathleen Von Jena, Stuart Reeve
Chairman Rob Dean called the meeting to order at 7:30PM.
I. Minutes of Meeting, March 20, 2014
Chairman Robert Dean motions to accept the Minutes of Meeting of March 20, 2014 as submitted. Anda Cumings seconds. Motion passed unanimously.
II. Minutes of Site Visit of March 24, 2014
Chairman Robert Dean motions to accept the Minutes of the Site Visit of March 24, 2014 as submitted. Anda Cumings seconds. Motion passed unanimously.

III. Discussion of Demolition Application -244 Black Rock Turnpike
A. Presentation of Consultants’ Report
Stuart Reeve presents a detailed history of the antique home and the surrounding area. The actual builder/owner of the structure is unknown, but the house appears to be dated in the mid eighteenth century, given its type and size. Earlier reports that the house was dated in 1710 are in error. Stuart Reeve concludes that the original antique house is historically sensitive, but notes that the proposed demolition is limited to an addition to the structure which has no historical sensitivity.

The Consultants’ Report is discussed at length. Robert Dean also explains the architectural significance of the building plans for the house addition. Stuart Reeve provides additional details concerning the surrounding history. Concern is expressed as to the safety of the original salt box structure during construction.

B. Determination of Historical Sensitivity
1. Chairman Dean motions to waive the Demolition Delay on the non-historic portion of 244 Black Rock Turnpike as per the application submitted. In addition, the Historic Review Committee will encourage the applicant to further document the historic significance of the antique portion of the house before and during the construction process. Sherry Karraker seconds. Motion passes unanimously.

2. Chairman Dean motions that, irrespective of the decision to waive the demolition delay, there is a finding of historical sensitivity pertaining to the original antique house. However, it is the also the finding of the Committee that the partial demolition will not negatively impact the historic portion of the structure. Anda Cumings seconds. Motion passes unanimously.

IV. New Demolition Application-216 Poverty Hollow Road
Pictures and historical information for this property are distributed to the Committee. A Site Visit is to be posted by the Secretary for Monday, April 7, 2014. Jean Taylor volunteers to contact the property owners to arrange the visit. In order for the Consultants’ reports to be done and for the Committee to deliberate on the findings of both the Site Visit and the reports, a meeting on Monday April 14, 2014 will be necessary in lieu of the usual Thursday time. The Secretary will post same.

V. Demolition Delay Ordinance- Review of Ordinance Language and Procedures
Chariman Dean distributes copies of the Ordinance dated September 19, 2013. He urges all to study the Ordinance and propose necessary changes. Concern is raised over the narrow 21 day window for action by the Committee, and the difficulty for the Consultants in particular to write reports in such a short time frame. Rob would like to adjust the procedures with the Land Use Office, so that upon the arrival of a new application, the Consultants would be immediately informed. This and other points are to be discussed in more detail at a later time.

Anda Cumings motions to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Sherry Karraker.
The meeting is adjourned at 9:30PM.

Submitted by:

Secretary Anda E. Cumings