Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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  1. Roll Call.
  2. Approval of the Minutes for the Regular HDC meeting held on February 18, 2019.
  3. HDC 055, 056 and 057-2020 for 352, 352 ½ and 354 Main Street, submitted by Patrick Davis, request re-approval to renovate exterior building and install signage for new restaurant “Exclusive Blu” in black and blue lettering with white background. Previous approvals have expired, and the work was not started. 

      4. HDC 060-2020 for 502 Main Street, submitted by Garth Hamilton, request to install (1) one storefront sign for new ice cream shop. “High Five Café & Frozen Treats” in black lettering     with white background.  

      5. HDC 061-2020 for 26 Post Office Avenue, submitted by DMV Homes LLC./Sreekanth Rajagopal, request to install 100’ concrete driveway to back garage.

     6. HDC 070-2020 for 26 Post Office Avenue, submitted by DMV Homes LLC./Sreekanth Rajagopal, request to install new windows same size but without grids (original windows had grids, replace roof from rust color metal to grey  shingles, replace porch with white railings and paint porch floor indigo blue, replace front door and shutters indigo blue. Some of the work has already been completed; roof, windows, front door installed & porch railings.

     7. HDC 063-2020 for 504 Main Street, submitted by Nadol Hishmeh, request to close in rear patio and repaint trim on building front.

     8. HDC 074-2020 for 909 Montgomery Street, submitted by Charles Goldston, request to install a new 6 ft. fence to boarder rear of property with one gate at driveway.

     9. A tax credit request for 511 Prince George Street, submitted by William Hardy for approved HDC Certificate of Approval 100-2019 for replacing roof and non-functioning chimney. The cost was $14,293.25 and the requested amount is $1,429.33.

     10. A tax credit request for 503A Montgomery Street, submitted by Judith Miller for approved HDC Certificate of Approval 038-2020 to install new windows. The cost was $6,645.00 and the requested amount is $664.50.

      11. A tax credit request for 314 Montgomery Street, submitted by Robert Block for approved HDC Certificate of Approval 031-2020 re-paint house. The cost was $19,700.00 and the requested amount is $1,970.00.

      12. A tax credit request for 421 Prince George Street, submitted by Karen Lubieniecki for approval HDC Certificate of Approval 065-2019 to repaint porch, roof, floor and columns. The cost was $2,619.70 and the  requested amount is $261.97.

 

Staff Approvals:

 

HDC 049-2020 for 370 Main Street, submitted by Tim Riley, request to replace (4) four metal windows with Anderson 100 series fibrex gliding windows in same size. They will have simulated divided lite grids to match the pattern of the current window. (1) one window was already installed.

 

HDC 050-2020 for 634 Main Street, submitted by Martha Hines, request to install (1) one new sign for hair salon. “Posh Hair Designz” in maroon lettering with cream background to match other existing signage at Patuxent Place.

 

HDC 062-2020 for 26 Post Office Avenue, submitted by DMV Homes LLC., request to replace existing vinyl siding with new white vinyl siding. Same color and material “in-kind”.

 

HDC 064-2020 for 201 Wilson Street, submitted by Stuart Grooby, request to replace windows in kind. Same color, size and material.

 

HDC 065-2020 for 415 Laurel Avenue, submitted by John Mima, request to replace porch railings in white from solid to individual railings. Not clearly seen from street due to bushes.

 

HDC 066-2020 for 419 Main Street, submitted by Charles Solomon, request to replace windows on building. Same color, size and material “in-kind”.

 

HDC 067-2020 for 401 Montgomery Street, submitted by Richard Sockol, request to replace front door and lights on building with in kind color size and style.

 

HDC 068-2020 for 338 Laurel Street, submitted by Gary Miller, request to repoint rock foundation on house with in kind material.

 

HDC 069-2020 for 403 Prince George Street, submitted by Luis Sibaja, request to replace front porch steps and planes. Same color, size and material “in-kind”.

 

  1. Adjourn

Minutes

MINUTES

EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY EIGHTH MEETING

TUESDAY –    MAY 19, 2020 – REGULAR – 6:00 P.M.

 

*This meeting was conducted virtually through GoToMeeting due to COVID-19*

 

Convened: 6:00 PM                                         Adjourned 8:05 PM

 

Commissioners Present:                                 Staff Present:

Robert Kluchhuhn, Chairman                          Christian Pulley, Director

Margie McCeney, Vice-Chair                          Robert Love, Deputy Director

Michael Leszcz, Councilmember                     Brooke Quillen, HDC Coordinator

Karen Lubieniecki                                                                  

Marlene Frazier

Patrick Davis

 

Commissioners Absent: One (1)

Citizens Present:  Approximately five (5)

 

Chairman Kluckhuhn called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m., read the Opening Statement and asked for a roll call. Six (6) commissioners answered present, constituting a quorum.

 

Chairman Kluckhuhn asked if there were any corrections or comments regarding the Minutes from the Regular HDC meeting held on February 18, 2020.  There were none.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the minutes were approved on (5) affirmative votes, with Ms. Frazier abstaining from the vote.

 

Chairman Kluckhuhn announced that item number three (3) on the agenda would be moved to item number eight (8).

 

HDC 060-2020 for 502 Main Street, submitted by Garth Hamilton, request to install (1) one storefront sign for new ice cream shop. “High Five Café & Frozen Treats” in black lettering with white background.  The applicant was present to answer any questions from the Commission.

There was discussion among the Commission, applicant and staff regarding the type of sign being presented and the existing sign type. The Commission does not agree with the existing awning sign and would prefer the applicant come back with a flat wall sign and a plan to remove the awning. The applicant stated it would cost more to remove and put up a flat wall sign and repointing might need to be done if there is damage done to the brick. The Commission requested to see the estimates of the work for both for comparison.

 

Mr. Davis moved to approve the application as requested, however, there was not a second vote.

The Commission would like the existing awning removed and the applicant come back with a more appropriate sign.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Ms. Lubieniecki, the application was tabled on a unanimous vote.

 

HDC 061-2020 for 26 Post Office Avenue, submitted by DMV Homes LLC. /Sreekanth Rajagopal, request to install 100’ concrete driveway to back garage. The applicant was present to answer any questions from the Commission.

The applicant was present for questions. There was discussion between the applicant and the Commission regarding permeable pavement. the applicant had considered it as advised by staff, however, his contractor did not want to do it and it costs more money.

The Commission asked the applicant if he would consider with the change from solid concrete to 2 strip driveway from street to side of house that can go to a solid pad in the rear of property in front of garage. The applicant agreed to the changed suggested by the Commission. The 2 strip standard dimensions will need to be clarified by the Office of the Fire Marshal & Permit Services.

            On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Ms. Lubieniecki, the application was approved on a unanimous vote, with the condition that 2 strips be installed on the front/side of house and a solid concrete pad can be installed in the rear in front of the garage.

 

HDC 070-2020 for 26 Post Office Avenue, submitted by DMV Homes LLC./Sreekanth Rajagopal, request to install new windows same size but without grids (original windows had grids, replace roof from rust color metal to grey   shingles, replace porch with white railings and paint porch floor indigo blue, replace front door and shutters indigo blue. Some of the work has already been completed; roof, windows, front door installed & porch railings.

The applicant was present to answer any questions. There was conversation between the applicant and the Commission regarding the work that was done without approval. the Commission does not agree with the work as it was not done in kind or in a historic manner that matches the neighborhood. The Commission asked the applicant to come back with revised plans to possibly change the shingle roof to metal on the porch, add grids to the windows, as they were before which was 6 over 6 and change the front door style from oval to something in character with the community. The previous door was solid white with 3 or 4 small square windows across the top.

On a motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Mr. Davis, the application was tabled on a unanimous vote.

 

HDC 063-2020 for 504 Main Street, submitted by Nadol Hishmeh, request to close in rear patio and repaint trim on building front.

The applicant was present to answer any questions. There was discussion among the Commission and applicant. The Commission suggested any air vents on new roof that are seen from the street should be covered or structure built around them, so they are not visible. The applicant agreed to do so.

On a motion by Mr. Frazier, seconded by Ms. Lubieniecki, the application was approved on a unanimous vote, with the condition that any vents on new roof seen from street be covered.

 

HDC 074-2020 for 909 Montgomery Street, submitted by Charles Goldston, request to install a new 6 ft. wooden board on board fence to boarder rear of property with one gate at driveway.

The applicant was not on the call. The Commission requested the applicant come back, as they would like to see the left and right-side fence (to the house) not be a solid board, maybe a shadow box style, something that is a little more see through, lets air breeze through. They also would like to know if the chain link fence could be removed, if it is in fact on their property.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the application was tabled on a unanimous vote.

 

Mr. Davis recused himself from this item and addressed the commission as the applicant along with his architect.

 

HDC 055, 056 and 057-2020 for 352, 352 ½ and 354 Main Street, submitted by Patrick Davis, request re-approval to renovate exterior building and install signage for new restaurant “Exclusive Blu” in black and blue lettering with white background. Previous approvals have expired, and the work was not started.

There was discussion among the Commission, applicant and architect, Tenika Felder, regarding the patio pavers, retaining wall, Christmas tree and stone facing material. The applicant and Ms. Felder agreed to add a railing around the top of the retaining wall for safety concerns. The railing would match the other railings proposed on the building. The architect stated they do not plan to interfere with the Christmas tree during construction. Councilmember Leszcz suggested they be careful of the roots of the tree when digging up the hill on the side of the building. It was clarified that the stonewall facing will be specifically the Elderado Stone brand Hillstone in Lucera color, it’s a round stone as previously approved by the Commission.

On a motion by Ms. Lubieniecki, seconded by Ms. McCeney the application was approved on a unanimous vote.

 

Mr. Davis resumed as a member of the Commission.

 

A tax credit request for 503A Montgomery Street, submitted by Judith Miller for approved HDC Certificate of Approval 038-2020 to install new windows. The cost was $6,645.00 and the requested amount is $664.50.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz the tax credit was approved on a unanimous vote, with Ms. Lubieniecki abstaining.

 

A tax credit request for 314 Montgomery Street, submitted by Robert Block for approved HDC Certificate of Approval 031-2020 re-paint house. The cost was $19,700.00 and the requested amount is $1,970.00.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz the tax credit was approved on a unanimous vote, with Ms. Lubieniecki abstaining.

 

A tax credit request for 421 Prince George Street, submitted by Karen Lubieniecki for approval HDC Certificate of Approval 065-2019 to repaint porch, roof, floor and columns. The cost was $2,619.70 and the requested amount is $261.97.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz the tax credit was approved on a unanimous vote, with Ms. Lubieniecki abstaining.

 

There was discussion regarding overflowing trash cans on Main Street and tall grass in various spots and if anyone was still maintaining them in the City. Staff reported that all operations are still functioning, and any problems seen should be reported to the MyLaurelApp.

 

Meeting adjourned at approximately 8:05 p.m.

 

Minutes Approved LBQ           Date 6-16-2020

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