NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Minutes of the meeting held on October 9, 2013

The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 9:30 A.M. in the main meeting room of the Newtown Township Administration Building, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA.

Members present were Bill Mahler, Kurt Jensen, Peggy Driscoll, Doug Terry and Mike Crane. Not present were members Joseph McKernan, Jr. and Harriet Beckert. Also present were Patty Powers, Codes Department; Martin Vogt, Zoning Officer; Stewart Paul and Marjorie Morals, Team Logic IT; Beth Pomeroy, Blow Out The Event; and Olen Clark, Brixmor Property Group.

Call to Order:

Mr. Mahler called the meeting to order at 9:36 A.M.

Minutes of August 14, 2013:

The members reviewed the minutes of August 14, 2013.

Mr. Terry made a motion to approve the minutes of August 14, 2013 as presented. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Driscoll and passed unanimously with one member abstaining (4-0-1).

New Business

Team Logic IT – 2 Swamp Road

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed for 2 Swamp Road to install three (3) freestanding identification signs. The sign that faces Swamp Road is 51” X 32” with 4” X 4” X 72” posts. The sign that faces Sycamore Street is 115” X 24” with 4” X 4” X 18” posts. The parking lot sign is 39” X 24”. All signs will be made of wood and will use the existing wooden posts. The proposed colors are as follows:

  • Background – Pure White (SW 7005)
  • Lettering – Tricorn Black (SW 6258) and Rockwood Sash Green (SW 2810)

The sign post will be painted white.

Mr. Paul and Ms. Morales updated the members with regards to the type of service Team Logic IT will provide. They advised that the signs being requested would be wooden, are the same size as the existing signs and would use the existing wooden posts. The post would be painted white. There would be no change to the lighting.

Mr. Vogt inquired if all floors of the building would be used. Mr. Paul advised that all three floors would be used.

Mr. Jensen made a motion to recommend approving the Certificate of Appropriateness application for 2 Swamp Road as presented. The sign that faces Swamp Road is 51” X 32” with 4” X 4” X 72” posts. The sign that faces Sycamore Street is 115” X 24” with 4” X 4” X 18” posts. The parking lot sign is 39” X 24”. All signs will be made of wood and will use the existing wooden posts. The sign backgrounds will be Pure White (SW 7005); the lettering will be Tricorn Black (SW 6258) and Rockwood Sash Green (SW 2810). The sign posts will be painted white and the sign lighting will not change. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Driscoll 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. The matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on October 23, 2013. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The members thanked Mr. Paul and Ms. Morales for their time.

The Board members present signed the Certificate of Appropriateness for 2 Swamp Road.

Blow Out The Event – 3 Cambridge Lane

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed for 3 Cambridge Lane to install a wall mounted identification sign. The sign is 96” X 30” (20 sqft). The sign would be made of wood. The proposed colors are as follows:

  • Background – Greek Villa (SW 7551)
  • Lettering – Tricorn Black (SW 6258) and Santorini Blue (SW 7607)

Ms. Pomeroy updated the members with regards to the type of service Blow Out The Event will provide.

Mr. Terry made a motion to recommend approving the Certificate of Appropriateness application for 3 Cambridge Lane as presented. The sign is 96” X 30” (20 sqft). The sign material will be wood. The sign background will be Greek Villa (SW 75510); the lettering will be Tricorn Black (SW 6258) and Santorini Blue (SW 7607). The motion was seconded by Mr. Crane 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. The matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on October 23, 2013. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The members thanked Ms. Pomeroy for her time.

The Board members present signed the Certificate of Appropriateness for 3 Cambridge Lane.

Old Business

Discussion of Uses for Historic Toll House

Mr. Mahler introduced Olen Clark, Brixmor Property Group and updated the members on discussions that took place at a recent Joint Historic Commission meeting and the recommendation for Mr. Clark to contact the Heritage Conservancy.

Mr. Clark advised the members that Brixmor has hired a leasing agent with regards to finding a tenant for the Toll House and that he is here today to get recommendations from this Board on possible uses for the building.

The members discussed the building with regards to its condition, the repairs/updating needed to be made, and the history/past uses.

Mr. Mahler reported that the building is no longer on the National Historic Registry. He noted that the community would like to see the repairs made in kind.

Mrs. Powers suggested for Mr. Clark to contact the sewer authority.

The members discussed the building’s HVAC system.

Mr. Clark inquired on the parking requirements. Mr. Vogt advised that parking would be shared within the shopping center parking.

Mr. Clark reported that no work would be done until there is a signed lease agreement.

The Board thanked Mr. Clark for attending the meeting.

Discuss the Design Guidelines Folder/Brochure

The members agreed to table discussion on the Design Guidelines until Mrs. Beckert could be present. Mrs. Powers reported that having the samples has been working great.

Discussion to Finalize the Certificate of Appropriateness Application

Mr. Mahler commented on his not being at the August meeting and the discussion that took place with regards to the COA application. Mrs. Powers advised that there is no new application; the only change is with regards to the instructions.

Other Business

None.

Privilege of the Floor

Mrs. Powers commented on this being the Recording Secretary’s last meeting. Mr. Mahler thanked Mrs. Holley-Flaherty for her service to the Board. Mrs. Holley-Flaherty advised that her family is relocating to Berks County and that she has enjoyed working with this group. She was unsure as to who would be taking over as the Recording Secretary.

Adjournment

The meeting was duly adjourned at 10:03 A.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 9:30 A.M.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary