NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Minutes of the meeting held on February 12, 2008

 

The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 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 and Alfredo Trevino. Members excused were Melva Vittoriano, Doug Terry and a Township Building Inspector. Also present were Patty Powers, Codes Department Administrative Assistant; Joe McGrath, Goodnoe’s Corner; Peter G. Stampfl, Stampfl Hartke Associates; Anthony Russo, Stampfl Hartke Associates, LLC and Juliet Shavit, Princess Factory.

Call to Order

Chairman Beckert called the meeting to order at 1:05 P.M.

Reorganization of the Board

Mr. Lombardi made a motion to nominate Harriet Beckert as the Chairman. The motion was seconded by Mr. Tyrol and passed unanimously (4-0).

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to nominate Alfredo Trevino as the Vice Chairman. The motion was seconded by Mr. Lombardi and passed unanimously (4-0).

Minutes of December 11, 2007

Mr. Lombardi made a motion to approve the minutes of December 11, 2007. The motion was seconded by Mr. Tyrol and passed unanimously (4-0).

Minutes of January 8, 2008

The minutes of January 8, 2008 were postponed due to attendance issues and should be approved at the March meeting.

Old Business

New Business

Certificates of Appropriateness:

The Princess Factory – 213 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by The Princess Factory for one (1) freestanding sign.

Ms. Shavit advised the Board with regards to the sign being proposed. She discussed design options, copies were provided for the Board’s review.

The Board discussed the face of the sign.

Mr. Trevino commented that the proposed sign should be consistent with the attached sign.

The Board discussed having the address on the sign.

Ms. Shavit questioned the height of the sign. Ms. Powers advised on the 1999 Variance with regards to the six (6) foot sign height.

Ms. Shavit advised that the sign would be double sided.

The Board agreed to recommend approval for one (1) double-sided six (6) foot sign. The sign would have blue post, blue line trim on the top and bottom, and the address 213 would be in a white circle on the top.

Mr. Lombardi made a motion to recommend approval for one (1) double sided six (6) foot sign. The sign would have blue post, blue line trim on the top and bottom, and the address 213 would be in a white circle on the top. The motion was seconded by Mr. Trevino and passed unanimously (4-0).

Chairman Beckert advised the applicant that this Board only makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and that they give the final approval. She advised the applicant that the matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors meeting on February 20, 2008. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

Ms. Shavit advised the Board that she would bring revised drawings of the proposed sign as per the recommendation of this Board to the Board of Supervisors meeting on February 20, 2008.

The Board thanked Ms. Shavit for her time.

The Board signed the Princess Factory’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

Goodnoe’s Corner – Sycamore Street
Façade & Flagpole
Ref: InkStop and Ice Cream Building (Façade)
Ref: Shopping Center (Flagpole)

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by Goodnoe’s Corner with regards to the exterior color of the InkStop and installing a flagpole in the Shopping Center.

Mr. McGrath updated the Board and introduced Mr. Stampfl and Mr. Russo. Sample paint color chips were provided for review. Mr. McGrath advised on the proposed color for the exterior of the InkStop building, he would like to use Benjamin Moore paint, HC-98, Providence Olive.

Chairman Beckert asked if the windows would be outlined in red. The applicant advised that the windows would not be outlined in red.

The Board discussed the Cosi building and agreed that more information is needed. Mr. Trevino advised the applicant that photos would need to be reviewed by the Board before a decision could be made.

The Board discussed the InkStop building with regards to complaints received such as the exterior color, the appearance from the street and the lighting effecting drivers. A suggestion was made to have the glass frosted. Mr. McGrath advised the Board that he would look into the complaints.

The applicant advised that the Ice Cream building is not being discussed at today’s meeting and that they would come back to the Board at a later date.

The Board discussed the proposed flagpole. Mr. McGrath advised that the flagpole would forty (40) feet, white with a gold ball at the top, flying the American flag and that the location would be as indicated on the site plan.

The Board agreed to recommend approval for the exterior color of the InkStop building to be Benjamin Moore paint, HC-98, Providence Olive and the installation of a forty (40) foot white flagpole with a gold ball at the top, flying the American flag and that the location would be as indicated on the site plan.

Mr. Trevino made a motion to recommend approval for the exterior color of the InkStop building to be Benjamin Moore paint, HC-98, Providence Olive and the installation of a forty (40) foot white flagpole with a gold ball at the top, flying the American flag and that the location would be as indicated on the site plan. The motion was seconded by Mr. Lombardi and passed unanimously (4-0).

Chairman Beckert advised the applicant that this Board only makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and that they give the final approval. She advised the applicant that the matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors meeting on February 20, 2008. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked the representatives for their time.

The Board signed the Goodnoe’s Corner Certificate of Appropriateness for the InkStop building and the flagpole.

Privilege of the Floor

The Board discussed receiving the agenda via email. The Recording Secretary advised that she would start emailing the agenda to the members.

The Board discussed how to receive notification if a meeting is cancelled and agreed that the Recording Secretary should notify them via email.

The Board discussed the starting time of the meeting and agreed to push the start time back until 2 P.M.

The Board discussed the number of color copies needed for the packets and agreed that at this time fifteen (15) color copies are needed for their packets and the Supervisors packets. Chairman Beckert advised that the Supervisors need to have color copies for their packets.

The Board discussed the current Certificate of Appropriateness application and agreed to review for possible changes and discussed further at the March meeting. A copy would be emailed to them for review.

Adjournment

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

The next meeting is schedule for March 11, 2008 at 2 P.M.

 

Respectfully Submitted:

 

Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary