NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Minutes of the meeting held on January 12, 2010

 

The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at 1:30 P.M. in the Meeting Room of the Newtown Township Administration Building, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA.

Members present were Joseph McKernan, Jr., Harriet Beckert, Frank Tyrol, Bill Mahler and Building Inspector Rich Wendling. Not present were member Doug Terry and Planning Commission Liaisons Peggy Driscoll and Sue Beasley. Also present were Phil Calabro, Supervisor Liaison, John Boyle, Assistant Township Manager; Patty Powers, Codes Department Administrative Assistant; Shawn Ward, Green Parrot; Ellen Ryan-Tolen, Marisa The Art of Apparel; Jennifer MacDonald, Milk Money; Amy Argiropoulos, Milk Money; Vincent Lombardi, Sycamore Street Association.

Call to Order:

Chairman McKernan called the meeting to order at 1:36 P.M.

Reorganization of the Board:

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to nominate Joseph McKernan as the Chairman. The motion was seconded by Mr. Mahler and passed unanimously (5-0).

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to nominate Harriet Beckert as the Vice-Chairman. The motion was seconded by Mr. Mahler and passed unanimously (5-0).

Minutes of December 8, 2009:

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to approve the minutes of December 8, 2009 as presented. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Beckert and passed unanimously with one member abstaining (4-0-1).

Introduction of members:

The members introduced themselves to the Board and public.

New Business

Certificates of Appropriateness:

Green Parrot – 240 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness for the Green Parrot to install six (6) signs. Two (2) existing flat wall signs (17 Sq. Ft.) comprised of black lettering on designated sign band. Three (3) existing projected blade signs (2 Sq. Ft.). One (1) proposed Green Parrot logo (no lettering) at the corner of building above patio steps.

Mr. Ward advised that two (2) of the signs would be flat wall signs (17 Sq.Ft.) with black lettering. Three (3) signs would be blade signs (2 Sq. Ft.). One (1) sign would be the Green Parrot logo (no lettering). He discussed where the signs would be located. He reported on the meetings before the Planning Commission (12/15/2009), the Board of Supervisors (12/16/2009) and the Zoning Hearing Board (1/7/2010).

Mr. Tyrol asked if there was a copy of the Zoning Hearing Board’s decision for the Board to review. Mrs. Powers reported she did not have that paperwork at this time, but was advised that everything was approved. She would forward members a copy of the decision once she gets it.

Mrs. Beckert advised that she is concerned with the number of the signs being requested, she feels that the applicant is being allowed an extra blade sign. Mr. Ward reported that he has tried to keep the total square footage of the signs below what is allowed. The total square footage allowed is 80 Sq. Ft. and he is at 52 Sq. Ft.

Mr. Mahler advised that he is hesitant to allow the variance for additional signs, but feels that the signs being requested are needed.

The members discussed customers being confused when it comes to finding the entrance located in the breezeway and the majority agreed that the blade sign is needed in the breezeway.

The members discussed where patrons are parking.

The members discussed putting up a placard to help customers identify the entrance.

Mr. McKernan suggested that the logo sign have the businesses’ street address. Mr. Ward reported that the street address numbers could be placed on the building under the logo sign.

Mr. Lombardi reported that the Sycamore Street Association supports the logo sign.

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to approve the application as proposed with the logo sign and additional blade sign for the alley way entrance as shown. The motion was seconded by Chairman McKernan and passed with one member voting nay (4-1).

Chairman McKernan advised the applicant that this Board only makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and that they give the final approval. He advised the applicant that the matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on January 27, 2010. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked Mr. Ward for his time.

The Board signed Green Parrot’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

Marisa The Art of Apparel – 250 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of appropriateness for Marisa The Art of Apparel to paint the outdoor columns, Ralph Lauren Regent Metallic Golden Candlesticks (RL 2601).

Ms. Ryan-Tolen advised that she would like the Board to approve the paint color currently on the outdoor columns.

Mrs. Beckert asked about the background color on the previously approved sign. She suggested that the columns be white or off white. She reported that gold is not historically appropriate.

Mr. Mahler commented on the background color of the sign previously approved being Finnaren & Haley, Ivory (155C).

Mrs. Beckert, Mr. Mahler and Chairman McKernan agreed that the gold color was not appropriate. Chairman McKernan suggested that the applicant use the cream color that was previously approved.

Ms. Ryan-Tolen requested the Board allow her time to repaint the columns. The Board agreed that would not be a problem.

The members discussed amending the application or the applicant granting an extension.

Ms. Ryan-Tolen agreed to repaint the columns the cream color that was previously approved on her sign.

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to amend the application and to approve the application with the columns matching the background color on the previously approved identification sign (Finnaren & Haley, Ivory (155C). The Board also agreed to give the applicant to the end of March 2010 to repaint the columns. The motion was seconded by Mr. Mahler and passed unanimously (5-0).

Mr. Mahler advised the applicant that this Board only makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and that they give the final approval. He advised the applicant that the matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on January 27, 2010. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present. The Recording Secretary requested the applicant to bring sample to the Supervisors’ meeting.

The Board thanked Ms. Ryan-Tolen for her time.

The Board signed Marisa The Art of Apparel’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

Milk Money – 123 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of appropriateness Milk Money to install two (2) signs. Both signs would be computer generated and wall mounted. The front sign material would be signboard and the rear sign material would be corrugated aluminum. A light that is built into the building overhang would illuminate the front sign. The front sign size is 2’X3’ and the rear sign size is 2’X2.5’. The sign colors are yellow (Pantone Yellow C @ 100%) and red (Pantone 186). The color of the lettering is black.

Mr. Tyrol asked if the applicant is just replacing the signs from the prior tenant with their signs. Ms. MacDonald advised that was correct.

Mr. Mahler made a motion to approve the application as presented. Both signs would be computer generated and wall mounted. The front sign material would be signboard and the rear sign material would be corrugated aluminum. A light that is built into the building overhang would illuminate the front sign. The front sign size is 2’X3’ and the rear sign size is 2’X2.5’. The sign colors are yellow (Pantone Yellow C @ 100%) and red (Pantone 186). The color of the lettering is black. The motion was seconded by Mr. Tyrol and passed unanimously (5-0).

Mrs. Beckert advised the applicant that this Board only makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and that they give the final approval. He advised the applicant that the matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on January 27, 2010. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked Ms. McDonald and Ms. Argiropoulos for their time.

The Board signed Milk Money’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

Mrs. Beckert commented on Mr. Lombardi having freestanding signs on his property. Mr. Lombardi advised that he has no freestanding signs on his property. Mrs. Powers reported that the signs are wall mounted.

Old Business

Update on developing a Book of Appropriateness

The members discussed the information being compiled for the Book of Appropriateness and the format of the book. Members discussed meeting with Lynn Bush from the Bucks County Planning Commission. Chairman McKernan reported that he would setup a meeting with Ms. Bush and advised the members of the meeting date/time.

Report from Planning Commission Liaison

None.

Privilege of the Floor

The Board discussed who would make the presentation to the Supervisors on January 27, 2010. It was agreed that Mrs. Beckert would make the presentation. The Recording Secretary advised that meeting would be in the new building, she would contact today’s applicants and let them know.

The Recording Secretary provided the members with a packet from National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC). The members discussed the information received in the packet.

Mrs. Powers commented on the ordinance for moveable sidewalk signs expiring at the end of 2009 and questioned if the Supervisors have discussed the matter. Mr. Calabro suggested that Mrs. Powers advise Mr. Czajkowski of the matter. Members from the Sycamore Street Association advised that they were planning on contacting the Supervisors to discuss the matter at a work session.

The members discussed changing the meeting day and time. The members agreed to change the meeting day to the second Thursday of the month and the time to 9:30 A.M. The Recording Secretary reported that she would contact Mr. Terry to verify that the new day and time are acceptable.

The Recording Secretary advised that the February meeting would be in the new Administration building.

Mrs. Beckert commented on the file cabinet that was taken by the Joint Historic Commission and questioned if the cabinet contained information pertaining to this Board. Mrs. Powers advised that she would contact someone from the JHC discuss the matter.

Mrs. Beckert reported that Christine’s House of Fashion ( 247 North Sycamore Street) has more than one sign.

Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was duly adjourned at 2:41 P.M.

The next meeting is schedule for February 11, 2010 at 9:30 A.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary