NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Minutes of the meeting held on October 9, 2007

 

The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 in the Meeting Room of the Newtown Township Administration Building, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, Pa.

Members present were Harriet Beckert, Vincent Lombardi, Frank Tyrol, Doug Terry, Alfredo Trevino and Melva Vittoriano. Building Inspector Michael Imperial was excused. Also present was Patty Powers, Code Department Administrative Assistant.

Call to Order:

Chairman Beckert established that a quorum was present for the purpose of conducting business.

Minutes of September 11, 2007:

On motion of member Tyrol, seconded by member Vittoriano and approved by all members present, minutes of the meeting held on September 11, 2007 were approved with a correction to Item 8...Firstrust Bank: the ATM sign should be wood...and be located....

Certificates of Appropriateness:

RAR, LLC 131 S. Sycamore Street, Massimino Builders Were present to request a color change to two doors on the structure to black

After discussion, it was determined the Board preferred a color which is a very dark green (appears to be black) as a more appropriate color for the period of time in which the original building was built. The Owner was requested to submit a color chip to the Code Department with an appropriate Certificate of Appropriateness, as determined by the Code Enforcement Officer.

Cheryl Lucas/John Holensworth 101 N. Sycamore Street: Certificate of Appropriateness request was to replace a chain link fence with a wooden fence three feet in height

New fence will be put in place where existing fence stands, and will be painted white, weather permitting.

On motion of member Trevino, seconded by member Tryol and approved by all members present, the recommendation will be signed and submitted to the Board of Supervisors for approval as submitted.

Arya Oriental Rugs, Inc., 213 N. Sycamore Street, Ellie Shad and Rava Houshiarnejadij, Proprietors, were represented by Attorney John Koopman. Applicants were requesting removal of present sign which is a part of frame-work of sign shared with “Haircuts” And re-hanging same sign on new posts at 159 N. Sycamore Street, which they have purchased.

A second sign request was for an identical sign to be hung on corner of building facing Jefferson Street to be 36" x 60" with logo 16.5" high and lettering 3.5" high at a height 9' from the street, either wall-mounted or on a bracket.

A third sign request was for an identical sign to be hung on top of the wall on the rear of the building which faces east. It was determined that a third sign request would be a matter to be determined by the Zoning Hearing Board.

On motion of member Tryrol, seconded by member Lombardi and approved by all members present, the recommendation will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for signs #1 and #2, understanding that all details must be submitted to the Code Department for final approval.

KLS RYAN: 260 N. Sycamore Street, Owner Jos. McGrath: Certificate of Appropriateness was for an exterior sign package for “Ink Stop” for two signs size 2' x 16' wall signs as approved by the Zoning Hearing Board.

Colors: background: Black

Lettering & beveled borders: White

Logo: cayan/magneta/yellor/white.

On motion of member Lombardi, seconded by member Tyrol and approved by all members present, the Recommendation will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for signs as requested and approved by the Zoning Hearing Board with colors noted on the Application.

KLS RYAN: 254 N. Sycamore Street, Owner Jos. McGrath: A Certificate of Appropriateness was for an exterior sign package for “Sweet Pea Creams & Confections” at Goodnoe’s Corner.

Explanation by the Sign Designer indicated the Blade Sign would be placed on a column, set back about 6 feet to the right of the main door (To avoid conflict with a neighboring business sign). The Parking Lot side signs will be located on the left side of the doors.

On recommendation of member Lombardi, seconded by member Tyrol and approved by all members present, the Recommendation will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for signs as requested and approved by the Zoning Hearing board with colors as noted on the Application.

Dialogue with The Quaker Group regarding signage at Cambridge Lane Properties: now referred to as: Corners at Newtown.

Ms. Jane Kovacs had been sent historic Sycamore Street documents and sign regulations so that a dialogue could take place with members of the Historic Commission relating to signage at the property on South Sycamore Street.

Ms. Kovacs distributed “Exhibit C” which is attached to every lease at the Cambridge Lane property so that tenants would be advised of requirements. Colors of background are stipulated in the document.

Board members were encouraged to visit the site, noting the signage at the present time, landscaping, colors and sizes, etc., so that a future discussion could take place.

A suggestion was made to consider a major sign: “Corners at Newtown” And ask each tenant to advertise their business with the notation that it would be at the “Corners at Newtown”, thus directing to customers to the location.

A report to Ms. Kovacs noted that Rockfactory and Sound Systems had recently appeared before HARB requesting signs and would be waiting further development and/or decisions.

A lengthy discussion followed about the potential installation of a second directory sign.

Adjournment:

On motion of member Tyrol, seconded by member Trevino, the meeting was duly adjourned.

 

Respectfully Submitted:

 

Ethel K. Hibbs, Recording Secretary