NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Minutes of the meeting held on October 14, 2008

 

The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Tuesday, October 14, 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, Frank Tyrol, Doug Terry, Melva Vitoriano, Joseph McKernan, Jr. and Building Inspector Rich Wendling. Excused was member Vincent Lombardi. Also present were Patty Powers, Codes Department Administrative Assistant; Eric Johnson, Zephyr Gallery; Dawn Owens, Heidi’s Boutique; Clifton and Elizabeth Wiggins, Frank’s Center Auto Service; Jeane Coyle, First Federal of Bucks County; Philip Doerle, Compass Sign Company; Christine Reedman, Christine’s House of Fashion, LLC; and Donna Flora, Christine’s House of Fashion, LLC.

Call to Order

Chairman Beckert called the meeting to order at 1:33 P.M.

Minutes of September 9, 2008

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to approve the minutes of September 9, 2008. The motion was seconded by Mr. McKernan and passed unanimously with one member abstaining (3-0-1).

Ms. Vitoriano and Mr. Terry arrived after the minutes were approved.

New Business

Certificates of Appropriateness:

Zephyr Gallery – 243 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by Zephyr Gallery with regards to the removal/replacement of two (2) existing windows and repainting the existing front door.

Mr. Johnson updated the Board on what he is proposing. He would like to replace the two (2) existing windows with two (2) custom made windows (five (5) panel spanish mahogany, three (3) divided lights on four (4) clear panes). Repainting the existing door Garrison Red (HC-66) and the trim would be painted Hepplewhite Ivory (HC-36).

Mr. Tyrol, Mr. McKernan and Ms. Vitoriano commented that what is being proposed would be an improvement.

The Board agreed that they were in favor of what is being proposed.

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to recommend approval of Zephyr Gallery’s Certificate of Appropriateness for the removal/replacement of two (2) existing windows and repainting the existing front door. The two (2) existing windows would be replaced with two (2) custom made windows (five (5) panel spanish mahogany, three (3) divided lights on four (4) clear panes). Repainting the existing door Garrison Red (HC-66) and the trim would be painted Hepplewhite Ivory (HC-36). 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 November 12, 2008. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked Mr. Johnson for his time.

The Board signed Zephyr Gallery’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

Heidi’s Boutique – 213 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by Heidi’s Boutique for a freestanding 11.5 square foot (31”x56”) sign.

Chairman Beckert advised the applicant that paint color numbers are needed. Ms. Owens advised that the paint colors are custom colors and she would provide the Board with that information.

Mr. McKernan advised that he was originally concerned with the sign having so much black, but now feels that the sign looks quite nice.

Mr. McKernan made a motion to recommend approval of Heidi’s Boutique’s Certificate of Appropriateness for a freestanding 11.5 square foot (31”x56”) sign with custom paint colors. The motion was seconded by Mr. Tyrol 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 November 12, 2008. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked Ms. Owens for her time.

The Board signed Heidi’s Boutique’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

The Recording Secretary contacted Ruth Bannon Signs to request information regarding the custom paint colors for Heidi’s Boutique’s freestanding sign. Ms. Bannon provided the following information.

  • Metallic Gold – 1 Shot (109-L)
  • 23K Gold Leaf
  • Pink Mix – 1 Shot – Blend of White (101) and Red (163)
  • Purple Mix – 1 Shot – Blend of White (101) and Purple (162)
  • Ivory – 1 Shot (116)
  • Black – Ronan (21)

 Frank’s Center Auto Service – 101 South Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by Frank’s Center Auto Service for the replacement of three (3) existing wooden doors and (1) wooden casement window and painting.

Mrs. Wiggins updated the Board on what is being proposed. She advised on the painting that is being proposed and that the paint colors are Benjamin Moore Heritage Red, Benjamin Moore Black and Benjamin Moore Buckland Blue (HC-151).

Ms. Vitoriano made a motion to recommend approval of Frank’s Center Auto Service’s Certificate of Appropriateness for the replacement of three (3) existing wooden doors, one (1) wooden casement window, painting and closing an outside unused door with cinderblock. The doors would be painted black and that the red and blue would be used as accent colors. The paint colors include Benjamin Moore Heritage Red, Benjamin Moore Black and Benjamin Moore Buckland Blue (HC-151). The motion was seconded by Mr. Terry and passed unanimously (6-0).

Mrs. Wiggins questioned if she could get started with the painting. Chairman Beckert advised that if the applicant starts painting before getting final approval from the Supervisors, she is taking a risk.

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 November 12, 2008. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked Mr. and Mrs. Wiggins for their time.

The Board signed Frank’s Center Auto Service’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

First Federal of Bucks County – 295 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by First Federal of Bucks County for the installation of an identification sign (12 square feet, with a height of 4’7”) and lighting.

Ms. Coyle and Mr. Doerle updated the Board on what is being proposed.

Mr. McKernan made a motion to recommend approval of First Federal of Bucks County’s Certificate of Appropriateness to install a V Shaped monument wood cut sign, raised letters w/3x3 posts & finial with two (2) landscaping bullyte lights. The paint colors are Tricorn Black (SW6258), Loyal Blue (SW6510) and Obstinate Orange (SW6884). 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 November 12, 2008. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked Ms. Coyle and Mr. Doerle for their time.

The Board signed First Federal of Bucks County’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

Christine’s House of Fashion – 247 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by Christine’s House of Fashion to replace the existing signage with a new carved wooden sign (12 square feet, with a height of 5’).

Ms. Reedman updated the Board on what is being proposed.

Chairman Beckert advised the applicant that paint color numbers are needed. Ms. Reedman advised that the paint colors are custom colors and she would provide the Board with that information.

The Board discussed the request to have the business name on the awning. Chairman Beckert advised the applicant that having the name on the awning is not allowed due to the existing identification sign and suggested alternative signs. Ms. Powers commented on the Supervisors minutes from October 25, 2006 with regards to having the logo on the awning, a copy of the minutes was provided in the members’ packets. The Board discussed the existing sign with regards to the lack of visibility. The Board advised the applicant that a variance would be needed for additional signage. Mr. Tyrol suggested that the applicant look into having a sandwich board sign. Ms. Vitoriano advised that if the applicant were interested she would be happy to meet and have a discussion with regards to the sandwich board sign.

The Board suggested that the applicant look into the possibility of replacing her front window.

Mr. Terry made a motion to recommend approval of Christine’s House of Fashion’s Certificate of Appropriateness to replace the existing signage with a new carved wooden sign (12 square feet, with a height of 5’) with custom paint colors. The motion was seconded by Mr. McKernan 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 November 12, 2008. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked Ms. Reedman and Ms. Flora for their time.

The Board signed Christine’s House of Fashion’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

The Recording Secretary contacted Ruth Bannon Signs to request information regarding the custom paint colors for Christine’s House of Fashion’s freestanding sign. Ms. Bannon provided the following information.

  • 23K Gold Leaf
  • Brilliant Blue – Ronan (156)
  • Ivory – 1 Shot (116)
  • Black – Ronan (21)

November meeting date

The members discussed the November meeting falling on Veterans Day and agreed to still hold the meeting on November 11, 2008. It was agreed that if there were no Certificate of Appropriateness received by November 3, 2008, the meeting would be cancelled.

Discussion of Ordinance #2008-0-10

The members discussed Ordinance #2008-0-10 with regards to movable sidewalk signs and their part in reviewing the applications. Members received a copy in their packet.

Ms. Powers updated the Board and advised that the application has not been prepared as of yet.

Chairman Beckert reported on her feelings with regards to the signs and advised that she is against the signs.

Ms. Vitoriano reported on the meetings that she attended before the Supervisors and the Planning Commission with regards to the signs.

Mr. Tyrol reported on why this type of sign is being proposed.

Chairman Beckert commented on the lack of HARB’s involvement with drafting Ordinance #2008-0-10.

Old Business

Privilege of the Floor

Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was duly adjourned at 2:52 P.M.

The next meeting is schedule for November 11, 2008 at 1:30 P.M.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary