NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Minutes of the meeting held on May 13, 2008

 

The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at 2 P.M. in the Meeting Room of the Newtown Township Administration Building, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA.

Members present were Harriet Beckert, Vincent Lombardi, Melva Vittoriano, Doug Terry, Frank Tyrol and Building Inspector Frank Orfe. Also present were Patty Powers, Codes Department Administrative Assistant; John Iovine, Newtown Pizza; Melissa Paterson, Zephyr Gallery; Toby Quitel, Zephyr Gallery; and Chad Perry, Metro.

Call to Order

Chairman Beckert called the meeting to order at 2:01 P.M.

Minutes of April 8, 2008

Chairman Beckert advised that Mr. Trevino’s name appeared incorrect on the minutes.

Mr. Terry made a motion to approve the minutes of April 8, 2008 as corrected. The motion was seconded by Mr. Lombardi and passed unanimously (6-0).

New Business

Certificates of Appropriateness

Newtown Pizza – 231 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by Newtown Pizza to change the name on the two (2) existing signs.

Mr. Iovine reported that he is the new tenant and would only be changing the name on the signs not the style of the signs.

The Board agreed to recommend approval to change the name on the two (2) existing signs. Sign one would be 120” X 17”. Sign two would be a 132” X 14”. The background color for the signs would be white with red lettering (PMS RED 186C) and green trim (PMS 356C).

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to recommend approval to change the name on the two (2) existing signs. Sign one would be 120” X 17”. Sign two would be a 132” X 14”. The background color for the signs would be white with red lettering (PMS RED 186C) and green trim (PMS 356C). The motion was seconded by Mr. Lombardi and passed unanimously (6 -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 May 28, 2008. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

Ms. Powers advised the applicant that the sign could not be put up until receiving approval from the Board of Supervisors, but he could apply for a temporary sign.

The Board thanked Mr. Iovine for his time.

The Board signed Newtown Pizza’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

Zephyr Gallery – 243 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by Zephyr Gallery to put up a new sign on the existing posts.

Ms. Paterson reported that she would like to change the name on the sign using the existing posts; the background would be white and the lettering would be concord grape (SW 6559).

Chairman Beckert suggested that the posts be painted white. The applicant agreed to paint the posts white.

The Board agreed to recommend approval to change the name on the sign using the existing posts. The sign would be 32.5” X 42.5”. The background of the sign would be white with purple lettering (SW 6559 - Concord Grape). The posts would be white.

Mr. Lombardi made a motion to recommend approval to change the name on the sign using the existing posts. The sign would be 32.5” X 42.5”. The background of the sign would be white with purple lettering (SW 6559 - Concord Grape). The posts would be white. The motion was seconded by Ms. Vitoriano and passed unanimously (6 -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 May 28, 2008. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked Ms. Paterson and Ms. Quitel for their time.

The Board signed Zephyr Gallery’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

Metro – 258 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by Metro for two (2) wall mounted signs and two (2) blade signs.

Mr. Perry reported on the request for two (2) wall mounted signs and two (2) blade signs. He advised on the colors that would be used on the signs.

The Board agreed to recommend approval for two (2) wall mounted signs and two (2) blade signs. The wall mounted signs would be 15” X 4’6”. The background color for the signs would be either brown (Ralph Lauren – Galvanized – UL12) or Providence Olive Green (Benjamin Moore – HC98) with white lettering (Ralph Lauren – Gust of Wind – VM05). The blade signs would be 18” X 1’6”. The background color would be brown (Ralph Lauren – Galvanized – UL12) with white lettering (Ralph Lauren – Gust of Wind – VM05).

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to recommend approval for two (2) wall mounted signs and two (2) blade signs. The wall mounted signs would be 15” X 4’6”. The background color for the signs would be either brown (Ralph Lauren – Galvanized – UL12) or Providence Olive Green (Benjamin Moore – HC98) with white lettering (Ralph Lauren – Gust of Wind – VM05). The blade signs would be 18” X 1’6”. The background color would be brown (Ralph Lauren – Galvanized – UL12) with white lettering (Ralph Lauren – Gust of Wind – VM05). The motion was seconded by Mr. Lombardi and passed unanimously (6 -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 May 28, 2008. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked Mr. Perry for his time.

The Board signed Metro’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

Old Business

Discuss current Certificate of Appropriateness Application for possible revisions.

The Board discussed the current Certificate of Appropriateness Application. Several changes were suggested; Ms. Powers advised that she would make the appropriate changes to the application and forward to the Recording Secretary.

Swamp Road Report

Chairman Beckert updated the members with regards to the Swamp Road Report that the Township has received. She advised that there would be no impact to the Township’s historic structures and that the report is available for the members’ review.

Privilege of the Floor

The members discussed the InkStop and other buildings at Goodnoe’s Corner with regards to the colors approved by the Board of Supervisors and the paperwork received from the applicant by the Codes Department on March 11, 2008. The Recording Secretary and Ms. Powers advised that per Mr. Solomon, if the applicant wants to change the colors from what was approved previously, he would need to submit a new application for a Certificate of Appropriateness. Mr. Lombardi advised that Mr. McGrath would like to have informal discussions.

The members discussed applicants receiving a signed copy of their approved application. Chairman Beckert advised that she would look into the matter and update the members.

Chairman Beckert updated the members with regards to Mr. Trevino’s resignation. The Board discussed possible replacements. Chairman Beckert suggested that anyone interested should apply.

Ms. Powers questioned the members if there is a listing of all of the commercial properties in the Historic District; she advised on the request made by the Supervisors. Mr. Lombardi advised that he would research his files and provide Ms. Powers any information that could help with her project. Chairman Beckert suggested that Ms. Powers go to Newtown Historic Association for researching information.

Ms. Powers updated the members on correspondence that Mr. Solomon sent out to business owners, dated April 10, 2008 with regards to temporary signs.

The members discussed the meeting time and agreed to change the time to 1:30 P.M.

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to change the Board’s meeting time to 1:30 P.M. The motion was seconded by Mr. Terry and passed unanimously (6-0).

Chairman Beckert updated the members on the correspondence received from ATC Associates Inc., dated April 17, 2008. The Board agreed to discuss the matter further at next month’s meeting.

The members discussed the HARB files located in the Martindale House. Chairman Beckert advised on discussions that she had with Lorraine Pentz, Chairman for the Newtown Joint Historic Commission, regarding some of the HARB files.

Chairman Beckert advised that the Board currently has no Vice Chairman; she suggested that the matter be discussed at the June meeting.

Adjournment

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

The next meeting is schedule for June 10, 2008 at 1:30 P.M.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary