Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of the Minutes for the Regular HDC meeting held on February 16, 2021.

3. HDC-049-2021 for 113 St. Mary’s Place, submitted by St. Vincent Pallotti High School c/o Jeffrey Palumbo, the applicant is proposing the construction of a 36,000 sq. ft. multi-use athletic building addition, fronting on the 9th St. and Montgomery St. sides of the property.  The addition will be two (2) stories and around 26’ high to the eave.  The exterior of the addition will have split face masonry (to closely match the red brick on existing building) to 2’-8” above grade.  The pre-finished siding above the split face masonry will be a Surrey Beige as manufactured by American Buildings Company with Royal Blue manufactured by American Buildings Company accent area behind cross area.  The addition will have a horizontal 5’ band of translucent, 40 mm arco plus 547 polycarbonate panels at 12’ above finished floor to the bottom.  The roof will have a 24 gage, 24” wide Galvalume Standing Seam roof panel, manufactured by American Buildings Company (gray in color). The exterior doors are steel doors, that will be painted to match existing exterior door color (bronze in color).  The exterior lighting of the building will be bronze LED wall packs to project light no more than 50’ from the building structure. The Applicant is also requesting to remove (2) two service buildings on the property.

4. HDC-050-2021 for 113 St. Mary’s Place, submitted by St. Vincent Pallotti High School c/o Jeffrey Palumbo, The applicant is seeking approval to demolish two (2) existing houses, a home located at 220 9th St. and a duplex located at 222-224 9th St. The homes are currently vacant. The homes will be demolished as part of the project that includes the construction of a 36,000 sq. ft. multi-use athletic building addition and a 28,000 sq. ft. outdoor turf field located at Saint Vincent Pallotti High School.

Staff Approvals

HDC-048-2021 for 333 501 Montgomery Street, submitted by Maureen Tobin, the applicant requested to replace sidewalk (on 5th Street side) approximately 80 sq. ft. from the front doorsteps to the sidewalk with concrete, in same kind of material/color.

5. Adjourn

Minutes

MINUTES

EIGHT HUNDRED AND THIRTY SEVENTH MEETING

TUESDAY – MARCH 16, 2021 – REGULAR – 6:00 P.M.

 

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

 

Convened: 6:00 P.M.                                       Adjourned 7:28 P.M.

 

Commissioners Present:                                 Staff Present:

                                                                       

Councilmember Michael Leszcz                      

Margie McCeney, Vice-Chair                          

Karen Lubieniecki                                            Robert Love, Acting Director, ECD

Marlene Frazier                                                Brooke Quillen, HDC Coordinator, ECD

Patrick Davis                                                    Darnell Butler, Communications Department                                                                           

Commissioners Absent: Two (2)

Citizens Present:  Approximately three (3)

 

Acting Chairwoman McCeney called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m., read the Opening Statement and asked for a roll call. Five (5) commissioners answered present, constituting a quorum.

 

Acting Chairwoman asked if there were any corrections or comments regarding the Minutes from the Regular HDC meeting held on February 16, 2021. There were none.

On a motion by Ms. Lubieniecki, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the minutes were approved on (5) five affirmative votes.

 

HDC-049-2021 for 113 St. Mary’s Place, submitted by St. Vincent Pallotti High School c/o Jeffrey Palumbo, the applicant is proposing the construction of a 36,000 sq. ft. multi-use athletic building addition, fronting on the 9th St. and Montgomery St. sides of the property.  The addition will be two (2) stories and around 26’ high to the eave.  The exterior of the addition will have split face masonry (to closely match the red brick on existing building) to 2’-8” above grade.  The pre-finished siding above the split face masonry will be a Surrey Beige as manufactured by American Buildings Company with Royal Blue manufactured by American Buildings Company accent area behind cross area.  The addition will have a horizontal 5’ band of translucent, 40 mm arco plus 547 polycarbonate panels at 12’ above finished floor to the bottom.  The roof will have a 24 gage, 24” wide Galvalume Standing Seam roof panel, manufactured by American Buildings Company (gray in color). The exterior doors are steel doors, that will be painted to match existing exterior door color (bronze in color).  The exterior lighting of the building will be bronze LED wall packs to project light no more than 50’ from the building structure. The applicant is also requesting to remove (2) two service buildings on the property.

The applicant was present. It was discussed by the Commission this is a rather large-scale addition that will sit on one of the most historic streets in the City of Laurel. This project has the potential to make immediate and lasting changes to the character of the Historic District. The design should be compatible with the existing structures. The applicant reported there were some financial constraints with the materials. It was suggested by the Commission for the applicant to take a look at the Keesler Parish Center, as they did a great job making it fit in that space with concern to the surrounding structures. It was also recommended by the Commission to use different materials and/or colors (using the pre-approved HDC color list) as what has been presented may not be the best fit for this location. It was stressed by the Commission that the applicant should break up the look of the building instead of using one solid color or material. There were additional comments from the Commission stating they would like to see more trees and possible screening in the 6-foot chain link fencing. The suggestion to the applicant was to come back with another design for the project.

On a motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Mr. Davis, the application was TABLED on (5) five affirmative votes.

 

HDC-050-2021 for 220 Ninth Street & 222/224 Ninth Street, submitted by St. Vincent Pallotti High School c/o Jeffrey Palumbo, the applicant is seeking approval to demolish two (2) existing houses, a home located at 220 9th St. and a duplex located at 222-224 9th St. The homes are currently vacant. The homes will be demolished as part of the project that includes the construction of a 36,000 sq. ft. multi-use athletic building addition and a 28,000 sq. ft. outdoor turf field located at Saint Vincent Pallotti High School.

The applicant was present. There was discussion about when these properties were purchased and what the intentions were, however, the applicant stated they were purchased way before his time. He added neither buildings are in use currently and the duplex is in worse shape then the other. There has been some minimal maintenance work done in the inside of these buildings such as plumbing however they do not have heating or air conditioning. The applicant explained he was told by their insurance company these buildings are not in usable condition, yet he did not have anything in writing from them. The Commission pointed out these properties are on the “contributing” list for the Historic District, therefore demolishing them is strongly discouraged. It was requested by the Commission for staff to provide the applicant a copy of the Historic District Architect Survey that may have these properties listed. The Commission also expressed their disappointment that these buildings have not been properly maintained.

The applicant noted he is concerned about the current traffic pattern and parking issue. Currently parents drop off their kids in the morning and back up Montgomery Street and they can’t turn left on Ninth Street. The plan is to move the exit to across from Park Hill Road. With these houses remaining they wouldn’t be able to fix the traffic and parking. Adding that he has worked with the surrounding property owners in regards to the usage of the undedicated alley. There was concern from the Commission if they were to approve this demolition, the addition to Pallotti will never happen. The applicant assured the Commission the addition will definitely happen. The Commission announced these properties were once owned by the old Mill Company and could be fixed up to be used for something else. They added this kind of request could have been addressed before now, and they are not ready to approve this application.

On a motion by Ms. Frazier seconded by Ms. Lubieniecki the item was TABLED on (5) five affirmative votes.

 

Councilmember Leszcz suggested his colleagues and residents of Laurel write letters to President Biden and Senator Ben Cardin advocating completion of the transit orientation development to secure our passenger train stop. There were comments from the Commission regarding the sensitivity to preserving the Historic District without holding back growth and improvements, especially on Main Street. It was reported that 330 Prince George Street was recently sold, and the property needs a lot of work done, we might want to reach out to them about being in the Historic District.

 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:28 p.m.

 

 

Minutes Approved:     LBQ                            Date:   4/20/2021

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