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Historic Pres Comm Minutes 2007-07-17

City of Gardiner
Historic Preservation Commission

      6 Church St.                                                                                                        Telephone 207-582-6892
      Gardiner, Me. 04345                                                                                           Fax             207-582-6895


July 17, 2007
City Hall Council Room

Present:                Clarence McKay, Chair   Kirk Mohney     Mike Giberson   
                        Geri Robbins-Doyle      Gail Ham                Paula Murphy
                        Jean Parkin-Clunie
Also Present:   David Cichowski, Code Enforcement Officer
       Dorothy Morang – Recording Secretary
Denis Lachman, Applicant                        Janet Slade, Owner

1.)     Call Meeting to Order
Kirk Mohney called the meeting to order at 6:05 PM

2.)     Roll Call
Roll call was taken.
Consideration of  June 19, 2007 Minutes

Geri Robbins-Doyle moved to accept the minutes as written. Kirk Mohney seconded the motion.
Vote: 4 in favor. 0 opposed.  Motion passed.

4.)     Consideration of a Certificate of Appropriateness from Denis Lachman, Holt & Lachman Architects/Planners, Applicant; Owner Janet Slade State Farm Insurance
        Proposal: To rehabilitate the storefront
        Location: 327 Water Street, City Tax Map 37, Lot 111
        Land Use Ordinance Reference: Section 9, Article F.

        Denis Lachman described the project.  He said the building is a late 19th century brick         building, typical of its period and use.  The first floor was used for commercial uses and the  upper floors as businesses or residential. Some of the special features of the building are the         brick work arches, bull-nose corner bricks and cast iron columns flanking the entry way.        The original storefront had been removed and the remodel has obscured some of the       original features.  

        Denis said that this project will replace the entire existing storefront with one that is more  compatible with the building and make the original features more prominent.  

        Kirk Mohney asked if the plane of the storefront was more recessed.  Denis said that a prior    alteration to the storefront might have brought the storefront forward, but he is not sure.     The current entrance is narrow and there is no approach for a wheelchair.  The new design       will allow for an ADA approved wheelchair approach and will expose the columns.

        6:11 PM Clarence McKay arrived.

        Dennis continued - this building has been established as being in a flood zone.  They have      an obligation to use flood resistant materials that are durable and low maintenance.  They      are approaching this project as a rehabilitation as defined by the Secretary of the Interior.   The proposal would marry durable, low-maintenance modern materials with traditional     patterns and proportions. They would use a hybrid system of wood framing with composite         trim, combined with standard Alum storefront sections to hold glass, doors and panels.  Denis   used the Manson & Church building as an example of a hybrid system at the doors.

        Kirk asked Denis if the Manson & Church building trim was wood.  Denis said yes.
        David Cichowski (CEO) asked about the door.  Denis said the door will be 36” plus 18”   minimum at the side of the door for a wheelchair approach.  The side panel would have   a glass panel in it.

        Kirk asked if the ADA design was to allow someone to come up and grasp the door and     would it be the same if an automatic door opener were installed.  Denis said they are not       planning an automatic door opener.  Kirk said that this kind of entry causes non-historic       features and asked if it would be better to have solid all the way across.  Denis asked if the  panel was part of the storefront or the door.  Kirk said that the design that was being shown   differed from the plans that the Commission members received.  Denis distributed a new  plan.  He said that they went back and got a better look at the ceiling.  It is in two different        heights and this has caused them to put the panel over the door.  The storefront area has a     high ceiling.  Kirk asked about tipping the ceiling up to allow full glass.  Denis said that the        area contained a lot of wires and other things so they couldn’t do that. Kirk asked if the side         door was being replaced also.  Denis said yes.  Clarence asked the size of the doors.  Denis  said there would be a 7’ door and an 8’ door both by 36” wide.

        Clarence asked how the trim would be attached.  Denis said by screws, cement and nails.         Clarence asked how much aluminum would be exposed.  Denis said there will be a reveal of        between ¼” and 3/8” exposed. David asked about the brick and granite lintel which appear        to run parallel – and is the exposed bull nose of brick and will the panel sections come        together evenly?  Denis said they will start on the back corner.  David asked about the door.   Denis said it is a front pull door as required by ADA.

        Geri said that the existing door is angled but are they going to make the new ones flush?       Denis said they will still be angled but going to be moved out a little.  Jean asked about the  sidelight and why it was made to look like the wall instead of the door. Denis said they are    looking to the Commission for ideas.  Paula said that the picture is flat and it is hard to     visualize.
        Kirk asked if the divided transom is evenly divided – glass and panel.  Denis said the glass    area is bigger.  Paula asked if it was to allow more light.  Janet Slade said yes.

        6:44 PM Gail Ham arrived.

        Gail asked about the trim.  Denis said it will cover the aluminum, is durable and low   maintenance.   Jean asked about a color scheme.  Janet said they had not decided as yet.        Denis said that they had talked about Hartford green with accent colors, which would    go with the bricks well.

        Geri asked when will they decide whether they will marry the side panel to the door or the      wall.  Denis said he is looking to the Commission for ideas. Kirk said that historically, that  recessed section would have had a panel beside the door.  Denis showed the members a    cross-cut view of the door, columns and side panel.  Clarence asked if the current line above   the door is the same as proposed.  Denis said close.  Kirk asked if it was clear glass.  Denis  said yes.

        Kirk asked about lighting. The drawing shows signs and lights.  Denis said they would like      to put a sign on the panel above the door.  The plan shows a light in the recessed area and a   down light inside of low illumination.  A lighting plan is not included. Denis said they would  like the Commission to approve the plan in concept and could come back if needed to.    There would be no lighting attached to the granite or brick.  David asked if there will be      anything ornate behind the sign.  Janet said no.  David referred to the Land Use Ordinance      and the requirement that there be a total of 3 signs per building in the downtown area.         Denis said the current projecting sign will come off and they will put a wall sign in the panel.

        Gail asked if the composite trim was ok. Kirk said if the storefront had more historical        integrity, he would probably ask for wood.

        Geri Robbins-Doyle moved that we issue a letter of Certificate of Appropriateness to    Janet   Slade to rehabilitate the storefront and we approve the concept idea of the     lighting and take       into account that the signs will come down and others put up.   Gail Ham seconded the motion.

        Kirk amended the motion to add that we used a revised plan design dated 7/16/07         and the Commission shall have the opportunity to approve lighting to be used on the     sign.   Gail Ham seconded the amendment.
        Vote: 6 in favor.  0 opposed. Motion passed.

        Vote on original motion with amendment.  6 in favor. 0 opposed. Motion passed.
5.)     Adjourn
        Geri Robbins-Doyle made a motion to adjourn.  Gail Ham seconded the motion.
        Vote:  6 in favor. 0 opposed. Motion passed.
Meeting adjourned @ 7:14 PM.

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