NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Minutes of the meeting held on June 9, 2011


The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at 9:30 A.M. in the main meeting room of the Newtown Township Administration Building, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA.

Members present were Joseph McKernan, Jr., Peggy Driscoll, Bill Mahler, Doug Terry, Brian Miller and Building Inspector Rich Wendling. Not present was member Harriet Beckert and Supervisor Liaison Phil Calabro. Also present were Patty Powers, Codes Department, Judith Ryzner, Shawn Ward, Dean Evangelou, Vince Lombardi and Pete Pancoast.

Call to Order:

Chairman McKernan called the meeting to order at 9:37 A.M.

New Business

Certificates of Appropriateness:

Judith Ryzner – 1 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness for 1 North Sycamore Street to replace the entire roof with GAF-ELK “Timberline Lifetime HD” architectural shingles. The proposed color is Weathered Wood.

Ms. Ryzner advised the members that she is not going with cedar shake shingles due to the cost.

The members discussed the condition of the existing roof.

Mr. Miller questioned if the brand of shingles offer options for the shadow line. Ms. Ryzner advised she was unsure and provided a brochure for his review. After reviewing the brochure, Mr. Miller reported that options were available.

Ms. Driscoll made a motion to approve the application for 1 North Sycamore Street as presented. The proposed shingle color is Weathered Wood. The motion was seconded by Mr. Terry and passed unanimously (6-0).

Ms. Ryzner questioned the requirements of a buyer if the property were sold. Mrs. Powers reported that any renovations visible from Sycamore Street would need approval.

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 June 22, 2011. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked Ms. Ryzner for her time.

Vitella R.E. Partnership – 203 North Sycamore Street – The Saloon Restaurant

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness for 203 North Sycamore Street to erect an outdoor patio/deck.

Mr. Ward reported on the variance granted by the Zoning Hearing Board to eliminate five (5) parking spots to install an outdoor patio/deck. The proposed deck would be 45’ X 15’. The proposed material for the deck, railings and spindles is a composite material. Deck and railing samples were provided for review. The proposed type of spindle would be colonial in style – 1 ½” turned. The applicant is trying to match the existing colors of the building. The paint brand would be Benjamin Moore. The proposed colors are as follows:

  • Railings – Monterey White (HC27)
  • Door – Georgian Brick (HC50)
  • Spindles – Quincy Tan (HC25)
  • Deck – Timber Tech – Pacific Rosewood

Chairman McKernan requested that applicant to provide a door sample at the Supervisors’ meeting on June 22, 2011.

Mr. Wendling advised that he has an issue with regards to the vinyl windows on the building (installed by previous owner). The members discussed the matter and the past owner being advised to replace the windows. Mr. Evangelou advised that he is aware of the matter and that the past owner is responsible for the replacement. It was suggested that the matter be referred to the Supervisors.

The members discussed matching the existing colors. The Recording Secretary found the COA approved on July 12, 2006. The members reviewed the COA and agreed to approve the colors presented today.

The members discussed using natural materials verse composite materials.

Mr. Terry made a motion to approve the application for 203 North Sycamore Street as presented. The proposed deck would be 45’ X 15’. The materials for the deck, railings and spindles would be a composite material. The paint brand would be Benjamin Moore. The door would be painted Georgian Brick (HC50). The railings would be painted Monterey White (HC27). The Spindles would be a Colonial style, 1 ½” turned and painted Quincy Tan (HC25). The deck would be Timber Tech – color Pacific Rosewood. The motion was seconded by Ms. Driscoll and passed unanimously (6-0).

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 June 22, 2011. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The members discussed the issue regarding the vinyl windows.

Mr. Terry made a motion to recommend that the Supervisors look into the issue of the vinyl windows with the building’s landlord and to enforce the Township’s prior decision. The motion was seconded by Mr. Mahler and passed unanimously (6-0).

The Board thanked Mr. Ward and Mr. Evangelou for their time.

Mr. Ward reported that the Sycamore Street Community Association supports the application.

Mr. Lombardi recommended the Board’s support in the use of composite materials.

Toll House – South Eagle/Durham Roads

Mr. Pancoast updated the members with regards to the removal/restoration of the front porch of the Toll House. He reported on the replacement of the floor boards and proposed using a 2 ½” mahogany wood, stained grey to match the existing color. He advised that one of the porch posts is in bad shape and may need to be replaced. He proposed replacing the post with a synthetic material.

Mr. Wendling commented on matching the colors. Mr. Pancoast reported that the post paint and deck stain will match the current colors.

The members discussed this project being a replacement in kind and agreed that if a material is changed it is not a replacement in kind.

The members discussed the replacement of the post and agreed they would like the post replaced with wood verses a synthetic material. Mr. Pancoast reported that if the post needs to be replaced it would be a wood material. Mr. Miller questioned if the existing post could be repaired and suggested measuring the existing posts for accurate dimensions.

The members also discussed the condition of the building. Mrs. Powers reported that it is no longer on the Historic Registry. She had various information for their review.

The Board discussed a recommendation for this matter. Mrs. Powers reported that the recommendation would not be official; the property is not located in the Historic District. The home is historical and this matter was being reviewed as a courtesy. This matter would not be reviewed by the Supervisors. HARB’s recommendations would appear on the permit.

Mr. Terry made a motion to recommend that the if the wooden post needs to be replaced, it is replaced with a wooden post painted white and that the decking be replaced with a mahogany wood, stained grey. The motion was seconded by Mr. Miller and passed unanimously (6-0).

The Board thanked Mr. Pancoast for his time.

Old Business

Update on developing a Book of Appropriateness

Chairman McKernan reported that he had no updates regarding the book. He advised that when he makes the HARB presentation on June 22, 2011, he would check in with the Supervisors on their review of the draft “Book of Appropriateness”.

Discuss COA’s with regards to in kind replacement

The members discussed if a COA is required for in kind replacements. Mrs. Powers reported the Codification and the Zoning Ordinance with regards to HARB. The members discussed proving a replacement is in kind and Mr. Wendling reviewing applications. It was agreed that a COA is not needed if Mr. Wendling approves the application. Mr. Wendling reported that if he schedules a meeting with an applicant, the members will be invited (via email) to also attend. Mrs. Powers updated the members on the ordinance change in 2005 to exclude painting in kind and that now all painting appears before the Board.

Mr. Miller commented on applicants using materials that have not been approved and questioned how that is handled. The members discussed the handling of past violations.

Mrs. Powers reported on the denial letter sent to the past owner of “The Saloon” with regards to the installation of the vinyl windows.

Report from Planning Commission Liaison

None.

Reorganization of the Board:

The members discussed the reorganization of the Board and agreed to keep the existing structure.

Mr. Terry made a motion for Mr. McKernan to continue as Chairman and Mrs. Beckert continue as Vice Chairman. The motion was seconded by Mr. Mahler and passed unanimously (6-0).

Minutes of March 10, 2011:

The members reviewed the minutes of March 10, 2011.

Mr. Terry made a motion to approve the minutes of March 10, 2011 as presented. The motion was seconded by Mr. Mahler and passed unanimously with three members abstaining (3-0-3).

Privilege of the Floor

Chairman McKernan advised that he would make the presentation to the Supervisors on June 22, 2011.

The Recording Secretary reported that she would be on vacation for the July meeting. She advised the members that if there is any business for the Board to discuss the meeting would be covered by the Township’s other recording secretary Mary Donaldson. Mrs. Powers reported on a possible COA for the July meeting.

Mrs. Powers updated the members on the businesses that have renewed their sidewalk sign permit, she provide the Chairman with various information. The Ordinance is renewed on a yearly basis by the Supervisors and the permit is good for one year. The members discussed businesses that were not in compliance. It was suggested that the matter be presented to the Supervisors during the June report. Sidewalk signs do not need to be reviewed by HARB if the proposed colors match the existing approved colors.

Welcome New Member The members welcomed Mr. Miller to the Board. Mr. Miller gave a brief history on his education and career background. He reported that he is happy to be here. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Terry made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Mr. Mahler and passed unanimously (6-0).

The meeting was duly adjourned at 10:45 A.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for July 14, 2011, at 9:30 A.M.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary