NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Minutes of the meeting held on November 13, 2007

 

The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at 1 P.M. 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 were Patty Powers, Codes Department Administrative Assistant; Robert Linson, Massimino Building Group; Darrin Hapbell, Blair Companies; Ken Gioffre, All State Signs; Christopher Cice, Newtown Insurance Group; Rick Haase; Sue Nydick; and Jane Kovacs.

Call to Order:

Chairman Beckert called the meeting to order at 1:04 P.M.

Minutes of October 9, 2007:

Mr. Trevino moved to approve the minutes of October 9, 2007. The motion was seconded by Ms. Vittoriano and passed unanimously (5-0).

Mr. Terry arrived after the approval of the minutes.

Old Business:

Certificates of Appropriateness: (To be re-considered)

Massimino Building Group: 131 S. Sycamore Street
Presentation of Door Color Chips Palette

The members discussed the new door color (Benjamin Moore Paint – Black Forest Green).

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to amend the prior application #070979, to reflect the color change to the doors. The motion was seconded by Ms. Vittoriano and passed unanimously (5-0).

Mr. Terry arrived after the approval of the above motion.

Chairman Beckert advised the applicant that the matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors meeting on December 12, 2007. The meeting starts at 8 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked Mr. Linson for his time.

Rite Aid: COA #071257
Designs & Elevations Recommended 9/17/07
Signs/Colors Choices Requested 11/5/07

Mr. Hapbell advised the Board on the approval from the Zoning Hearing Board and the changes made upon the recommendations of HARB. The Board was provided various documents for their review. He discussed the signs and the lighting. He advised on the new style of lighting fixtures.

Chairman Beckert advised that the Board of Supervisors is against having the light within the sign, no internal lighting.

Mr. Tyrol commented on the elevations and what signs are gooseneck lit and what is back lit. Mr. Hapbell advised that the Rite Aid and Pharmacy signs above the front door would be halo lit and that the 1Hr Photo, the Drive Thru and the Food Mart signs would be gooseneck lit and made out of high-density urethane.

The Board reviewed the zoning petition.

Chairman Beckert advised on the lighting practice in the Historic District.

Chairman Beckert suggested that the applicant have an alternative lighting plan for their presentation to the Board of Supervisors.

The members discussed the First Trust Bank’s sign request and suggested that the applicant view their signs.

The members discussed the different types of lighting styles.

The members agreed that they approve of the font style for the signs.

Chairman Beckert advised that she feels that there are to many signs. Mr. Hapbell advised that the number of signs and the sign locations have been approved.

Mr. Trevino made a motion to approve the different font style letters that were presented with the gooseneck lights and to approval the halo lit letters. The motion was seconded by Mr. Lombardi and passed 5-1, with Chairman Beckert voting nay.

Chairman Beckert advised the applicant that the matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors meeting on December 12, 2007. The meeting starts at 8 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked the Mr. Hapbell and Mr. Gioffre for their time.

The Board signed the Rite Aid Certificate of Appropriateness.

Newtown Insurance Group/Affinity Insurance:
123 N. Sycamore Street
Revised Signage Request

Chairman Beckert discussed the existing signs being replaced.

The members discussed the lighting of the signs.

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to approve the revision to the Newtown Insurance Group’s signs. The motion was seconded by Mr. Terry and passed unanimously with one member abstaining (5-0-1).

Chairman Beckert advised the applicant that the matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors meeting on December 12, 2007. The meeting starts at 8 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked Mr. Cice for his time.

The Board signed the Newtown Insurance Group/Affinity Insurance Certificate of Appropriateness.

The Cotswold Group: 10 Swamp Road
Emergency Roof Repair

Mr. Haase updated the Board with regards to the condition of the roof of the property located at 10 Swamp Road. He advised on the roof repair he has done in the past to the Rita’s building.

The members discussed the request to replace the failing cedar shingle roof and replace with a new cedar shingle roof.

Mr. Terry made a motion to approve the removal of the failing cedar shingle roof and replace with a new cedar shingle roof. The motion was seconded by Mr. Trevino and passed unanimously (6-0).

Chairman Beckert advised the applicant that the matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors meeting on December 12, 2007. The meeting starts at 8 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board signed the Cotswold Group Certificate of Appropriateness.

Discussions with representatives from the Corners of Newtown

Chairman Beckert updated the members with regards to the review of the signs at the Corners of Newtown.

The members discussed the signs located within the Corners of Newtown.

Mr. Terry commented the number of tenants within the complex.

Mr. Lombardi commented on the number of stores within the complex and suggested having directional signs.

The members discussed having three index signs for the complex, acknowledging that a variance would be needed.

The members discussed the signs located on the buildings.

The members advised that they would review the shopping center again and requested Ms. Nydick and Ms. Kovacs to come to the December meeting to discuss the matter further.

The Board thanked Ms. Kovacs and Ms. Nydick for their time.

New Business

Privilege of the Floor

The members discussed Ms. Hibb’s resignation. Chairman Beckert suggested sending flowers. The members agreed to split the cost and send flowers.

Adjournment

here being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was duly adjourned.

 

Respectfully Submitted:

 

Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary