NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Minutes of the meeting held on July 8, 2008

 

The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at 1:30 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 and Building Inspector Frank Orfe. Also present were Patty Powers, Codes Department Administrative Assistant, Joseph McGrath and Anthony Russo, Stampfl Hartke Associates.

Call to Order

Chairman Beckert called the meeting to order at 1:35 P.M.

Minutes of June 10, 2008

Mr. Terry made a motion to approve the minutes of June 10, 2008. The motion was seconded by Mr. Lombardi and passed unanimously (5-0).

New Business

Certificates of Appropriateness:

Goodnoe’s Corner –Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by Joseph McGrath with regards to the color schemes for buildings 2, 3 & 4.

Mr. Russo advised on the proposed color schemes for buildings 2, 3 & 4. The members agreed they did not have a problem with the colors being proposed.

Chairman Beckert suggested that the applicant define the entryways with a color other than black to make them standout. Mr. Russo advised that he would look into her suggestion. Mr. Orfe and Mr. Lombardi advised that they did not have a problem with the current appearance of the entryways.

The Board agreed to recommend approval of the following color scheme for Building #3. The paint brand would be Benjamin Moore. The building color would be Providence Olive (HC-98) and the trim would be Grant Beige (HC-83).

The Board agreed to recommend approval of the following color scheme for Building #4. The paint brand would be Benjamin Moore. The shutters would be Black (2132-10). The side of the building facing Sycamore Street would be Guilford Green (HC-116), the trim would be Peale Green (HC-121) and the windows would be accented with Black (2132-10). The side of the building that faces the parking lot would have the windows accented with Black (2132-10) and the overhangs above the entryways for Cosi would be accented with Grant Beige (HC-83), Townsend Harbor Brown (HC-64), Valley Forge Brown (HC-74) and Copper Mountain (AC-12).

The Board agreed to recommend approval of the following color scheme for Building #2. The paint brand would be Benjamin Moore. The accent colors would be Somerville Red (HC-62) and Black (2132-10).

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to recommend approval of the Goodnoe’s Corner Certificate of Appropriateness for the color schemes for buildings 2, 3 & 4 as defined on the June 18, 2008 submittal. The motion was seconded by Mr. Lombardi and passed unanimously (5-0).

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 July 23, 2008. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present. She recommended that the representative bring color samples for the Supervisors to review.

The Board thanked Mr. McGrath and Mr. Russo for their time.

The Board signed Goodnoe’s Corner Certificate of Appropriateness.

Old Business

Elect a Vice-Chairman

The members agreed to postpone discussions with regards to electing a Vice-Chairman until all members are present.

Privilege of the Floor

Mr. Lombardi advised that he was unable to make the presentation to the Supervisors at the June 25, 2008 meeting. The members discussed the status of the Allstate Insurance Company’s COA, it was advised that the Supervisors approved the COA. Chairman Beckert advised that she would apologize to the Supervisors for HARB not making the June presentation.

Mr. Lombardi questioned the status of an architect for the Board. The members discussed a possible architect and advertising for the opening on the Township website.

Chairman Beckert reported on a complaint that she received with regards to the windows at the Saloon, the removal of the Rock Factory sign and temporary signs in the Historic District. Mrs. Powers advised that those matters are code enforcement issues and that Michael Solomon is aware of the problems.

The members discussed the August meeting. The Recording Secretary advised that she will be away in August and that if there is a meeting it will be held in the Martindale House and that Ethel Hibbs would cover it.

Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was duly adjourned at 2:00 P.M.

The next meeting is schedule for August 12, 2008 at 1:30 P.M.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary