Public Hearing
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Agenda

AGENDA

SEVEN HUNDRED AND NINETY-EIGHTH MEETING

CITY OF LAUREL HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

TUESDAY – FEBRUARY 7, 2017 – REGULAR

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to be heard at this meeting, and you are not an applicant, please sign the speaker list provided on the table at the side of the room.

 

1.       Roll Call.

2.      Approval of the Minutes for the Regular HDC meeting held on December 20, 2016.

3.      HDC 027-2017 for 206 10th Street, submitted by Mark McWhorter, McWhorter Custom Homes LLC, requesting approval to build a 14’ X 14’ family room addition with a full unfinished basement on the right side of the house. The siding, shutters, and windows will match existing.

4.      HDC 026-2017 for 217 Main Street, submitted by Kayode Omotayo requesting approval to install a 36” high X 96” wide graphic sign above the East side window. The sign is a red background with off white and black graphics and mounted into a black non-illuminated box. The message is House of Joy Couture with phone numbers and a web address. The main lettering is 10” and the phone numbers and web address will be 3”.

5.      A tax credit request for 338 Laurel Avenue, submitted by Gary L. Miller, for approved HDC Certificate of Approval 015-2017 for re-roofing the entire house – In Kind. The cost was $27,663.00, and the tax credit requested amount is $2,766.30.

6.      A tax credit request for 333 Prince George Street, submitted by Oscar DeLa Puente, for approved HDC Certificate of Approval 004-2017 for the replacement of 5 windows. The cost was $3,902.74, proof of payment is $3,902.74, and the tax credit requested amount is $390.27.

Staff Approvals:

HDC 025-2017 for 502 Main Street, submitted by Anna Segal,  requesting approval to move two previously approved signs from 906 Montgomery Street to the building at 502 Main Street.

7.      New Business

8.      Adjourn

*****A presentation will be given by Leigha Steele, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Laurel, “Main Street Revitalization”. *****

 

Minutes

Convened: 7:00 PM                                                Adjourned: 8:10     

 

 

Commissioners Present:                                     Staff Present:

 

Douglas Hayes, Chairman                                    Sunny Pritchard, HDC Coordinator

Robert Kluckhuhn, Vice-Chairman                     Nathan Grace, City Planner

Michael R. Leszcz, Councilman                           Leigha Steele, ED Coordinator

Mark DeLorenzo

Michaael Dyer

Margie McCeney

Karen Lubieniecki

         

Commissioners Absent:

 

Mark DeLorenzo

 

Citizens Present:  9

 

Chairman Hayes called the meeting to order at 7:00, read the Opening Statement and asked for a roll call. Six commissioners answered present, constituting a quorum

Chairman Hayes asked if there were corrections or comments regarding the Minutes from the Regular HDC meeting held on February 7, 2016. There were no comments or corrections.

On a motion by Miss McCeney, seconded by Ms Lubieniecki, the Minutes were approved as written, on five affirmative votes, with Chairman Hayes abstaining. 

HDC 027-2017 for 206 10th Street, submitted by Mark McWhorter, McWorter Custom Homes, LLC, requesting approval to build a 14’ X 14’ family room addition with a full unfinished basement on the right side of the house. The siding, shutters, and windows will match existing.

The applicant presented the plans for the addition and explained how he plans to match existing materials.  

On a motion by Mr. Kluckhuhn, seconded by Mr. Dyer, the certificate was approved as presented on a unanimous vote.

HDC 026-2017 for 217 Main Street, submitted by Kayode Omotayo, requesting approval to install a 24” high X 80” wide graphic sign above the East side window, The sign is a red background with off white and black graphics and mounted into a black non-illuminated box. The message is House of Joy Couture with phone numbers and a web address. The main letters are 10” and the phone numbers and web address will be 3”.

The commission members asked the applicant if there will be lighting on the sign and there will not be at this time.  The applicant was asked if he had removed the neon sign from the window and he had not. The commissioners made it clear the sign needs to be removed immediately and if there is to be lighting, it would need to come before the HDC for approval.

On a motion by Miss McCeney, seconded by Ms Lubieniecki, the certificate was approved with the condition that the existing sign be taken down immediately, on a unanimous vote.

A tax credit request for 338 Laurel Avenue, submitted by Gary L. Miller, for approved HDC Certificate of Approval 015-2017 for  re-roofing the entire house “In Kind’. The cost was $27,663.00 and the tax credit requested amount is $2,766.30.

On a motion by Ms Lubieniecki, seconded by Mr. Dyer, the tax credit request was approved on a unanimous vote.

A tax credit request for 333 Prince George Street, submitted by Oscar De La Puente, for approved HDC Certificate of Approval 004-2017 for the replacement of 5 windows. The cost was $3,902.74, proof of payment is $3,902.74, and the tax credit requested amount is $390.27.

On a motion by Mr. Kluckhuhn, seconded by Miss McCeney, the tax credit request was approved on a unanimous vote.

Chairman Hayes asked  if there were any comments or questions regarding staff approvals and there was a concern about the staff approval for a sign that was installed at 502 Main Street. The previously approved HDC sign was moved from the applicant’s previous location, 906 Montgomery Street to Main Street. The commission member felt the sign request should not be staff approved and wanted to know what the criteria was for staff approvals. The commission member had some objections to the signage at the Main Street location and wanted to know what recourse could be taken once a sign was staff approved. It was determined that staff could let the Chairman know when staff was considering a staff approval, and the Chairman would contact the commission members to discuss before staff approval is given. Staff said they would need to check to see if this could be done.  

Chairman Hayes asked for new business and there was no new business.

The meeting adjourned at 8:10.

 

 

Minutes Approved - SEP               Date – 3/21/2017

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