NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL
Minutes of the meeting held on December 11, 2007
The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Tuesday, December 11, 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, Melva Vittoriano and Building Inspector Michael Imperial. Also present were Patty Powers, Codes Department Administrative Assistant; Sue Nydick, Corners of Newtown; Jane Kovacs, Corners of Newtown; and Mimi Olsen, AT&T.
Call to Order
Chairman Beckert called the meeting to order at 1:17 P.M.
Minutes of November 13, 2007
Mr. Terry moved to approve the minutes of November 13, 2007. The motion was seconded by Mr. Lombardi and passed unanimously with one member abstaining (5-0-1).
Ms. Vittoriano arrived after the approval of the minutes.
Discussions with representatives from the Corners of Newtown
The representatives from the Corners of Newtown updated the Board with regards to the signs at the Corners of Newtown. They provided the Board with copies of the proposed entrance signs for their review.
The Board discussed the proposed signs and the number of stores in each location.
The Board discussed the signs being two faced having lettering on the front and back of the signs.
The representatives advised that there would be no illuminated signs.
Mr. Tyrol advised that he likes the look of the proposed signs and suggested going a step further and choosing colors and letter styles.
The Board agreed that they like the proposed signs and discussed ways to help the tenant’s names stand out.
Chairman Beckert advised that she agrees with Mr. Tyrol’s comments.
The Board discussed the signs meeting the Township’s Zoning Ordinance.
Mrs. Powers advised on the Township’s Zoning Ordinance with regards to the overall size of the sign, the sign size for each tenant and that the applicant would need a variance.
Mr. Lombardi commented on the need to be able to clearly read the signs.
Chairman Beckert advised that the applicant must go before the Zoning Board but suggested that they come back to the HARB for a recommendation.
The Board discussed the size of the current placards. Mrs. Powers advised that according to the Ordinance each tenant is 1 square foot.
The Board discussed way to reduce the overall size of the proposed sign.
Mr. Trevino suggested reserving the colors on the signs to have light colored letters on a dark background.
The Board thanked Ms. Kovacs and Ms. Nydick for their time.
Mrs. Powers provided the representatives with a copy of the Ordinance.
Certificates of Appropriateness:
AT&T – Goodnoe’s Corner
Ms. Olsen updated the Board with regards to the sign installation for
AT&T. She advised on the changes from the original plan. The Board was provided a copy of the plan for their review.
Ms. Olsen discussed the projection sign shown on page 5. She advised that the sign would be gooseneck lit.
The Board discussed the wall-mounted sign shown on page 1. Ms. Olsen advised that the sign would be gooseneck lit.
The Board discussed the projecting sign shown on page 4. Ms. Olsen advised on the mounting of the sign and that it would be gooseneck lit.
The Board discussed the location of the projection sign shown on page 5.
Mr. Imperial advised that with regards to the projection sign; the applicant could obtain permission now and change their mind at a later date if they choose not to install the sign. He suggested obtaining permission now.
The Board agreed that the location of the projection sign would be below the canopy in the middle of the storefront (next to the door).
The Board agreed that they liked the proposed signs.
The Board discussed the proposed awnings. Ms. Olsen advised that the awning on page 1 (option #1) is made from metal and the awning on page 2 (option #2) is a black canvas. She advised that the applicant prefers the black canvas awning. The Board agreed that they too preferred the canvas awning.
Mr. Lombardi made a motion to approve option #2 with regards to façade and to approve a projection sign to be located on either side of the door underneath the canopy. The motion was seconded by Ms. Vittoriano and passed unanimously (7-0).
Chairman Beckert advised the applicant that the matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors meeting on January 9, 2008. The meeting starts at 8 P.M. and a representative should be present.
The Board thanked the Ms. Olsen for her time.
Ms. Olsen advised that the store is scheduled to open next week.
Mr. Imperial advised with regards to issuing a temporary sign permit.
Chairman Beckert advised that the applicant still needs final approval from the Board of Supervisors.
The Board signed the AT&T Certificate of Appropriateness.
Privilege of the Floor
The Board discussed the Ink Stop with regards to the exterior color of the building and the interior lighting shining outside. Mrs. Powers advised the Board on complaints they have received with regards to the exterior color. The Board agreed that the exterior color of the building is not the approved color. Chairman Beckert advised that she would discuss the matter at the next Board of Supervisors meeting. The Board agreed to look into the interior lighting shining outside.
Ms. Vittoriano discussed the Ink Shop’s fish bowl appearance due to the glass. She commented on the lack of storage area. She suggested recommending that the glass be frosted. The Board agreed to look into Ms. Vittoriano’s concerns and discuss at the next meeting.
Ms. Vittoriano updated the Board with regards to discussions taking place and work being done by the JDNC. She provided the Board with copies of some notes taken at a recent meeting.
The Board discussed the Stockburger property.
The Board discussed Wawa’s interest in the Township.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was duly adjourned.
Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary