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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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EIGHT HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHTH MEETING

TUESDAY – APRIL 20, 2021 – 6:00 P.M. - REGULAR

AGENDA

 

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  1. Roll Call.

 

  1. Approval of the Minutes for the Regular HDC meeting held on March 16, 2021.

 

  1. 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.  The application was tabled at the March 16, 2021 Historic District Commission meeting. 

 

  1. HDC-057-2021 for 342 Laurel Avenue, submitted by Mandy Kaur on behalf of the owner, the applicant is requesting approval to paint the gutters, window trim, and front porch column.  The Applicant has painted the window trim, front porch columns, and gutters a dark blue color.  Applicant is willing to change the dark blue color to its original color white. The applicant is also seeking retroactive approval to demolish the existing garage and remove existing fence. The existing garage was approximately 16.3’ X 27.4’ or 444.1 square feet.  The existing fence was 6’ in height and 24’ long.  This item was denied on January 19, 2021.

 

  1. HDC-055-2021 for 701 Main Street, submitted by Chester Higdon, the applicant requests approval to install a white wooden picket fence located in the front of the property.  The fence will be located on an empty lot located on the corner of 701 Main Street.  The fence height will be 3 ½ feet.  This item was tabled on January 19, 2021, however application has since expired so a new application was submitted.

 

  1. HDC-051-2021 for 308 Main Street, submitted by Aladdin Market, the applicant is proposing the installation of a continuous flatwall decal sign onto the windows of the Aladdin Market storefront. The decal is a part of a single design that will be applied to the four (4) window sections across the storefront. 

 

  1. HDC-053-2021 for 401 Fourth Street, submitted by Richard Stevick, the applicant is seeking approval to make exterior renovations which include the removal and replacement of the roof, gutters, and downspouts over the kitchen, living room addition, and detached garage.  Also, the Applicant is requesting to remove the chimney that is peaking from the top of house.  The property has two chimney’s and the applicant is requesting to remove one.  The Applicant is removing the chimney because it is no longer needed to vent the heat out of the home. 

 

  1. HDC-052-2021 for 331 Main Street, submitted by El Buen Gusto Bakery, the applicant is requesting approval to install three (3) flatwall signs on the storefront of the El Buen Gusto Bakery. The applicant is proposing two (2) flatwall decal signs on two (2) windows (one on each) and one (1) flatwall sign on the front door of the business. The flatwall decals will be applied behind the window glass.

 

  1. HDC-047-2021 for 36 Fourth Street, submitted by Gary Horton, the applicant is requesting to construct an addition to the existing detach garage in the rear of property.  The proposed addition will include expansion of the existing detached garage, and a new roof connecting to the existing roof.  The new addition will measure 11 feet x 22 feet or 242 square feet.  The façade material for the new detached garage addition will match that of the existing gray siding and blue architectural shingle roof of the existing garage.   The new garage door will match the existing 9 feet x 8 feet white metal garage door on the existing detach garage.  The height on the addition is 14 feet.  The Applicant will remove the existing detached garage window (see attachment) and install the 24 inches x 36 inches window on the right side of the addition.

 

 

Staff Approvals

 

 

HDC-056-2021 for 507 Prince George Street submitted by Gayle Snyder, the applicant requested to remove two (2) trees, one (1) birch, one (1) amelanchier (serviceberry) in front yard that are diseased, confirmed by Southern Lawn Landscape company. The applicant agrees to re-plant (1) new tree.

 

HDC-058-2021 for 513 Prince George Street submitted by William Wellford, the applicant requested to repaint eaves in same existing white color and shutters in same existing green color.

 

  1. Adjourn

Minutes

MINUTES

EIGHT HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHTH MEETING

TUESDAY – APRIL 20, 2021 – REGULAR – 6:00 P.M.

 

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

 

Convened: 6:00 P.M.                                       Adjourned 7:48 P.M.

 

Commissioners Present:                                 Staff Present:

Robert Kluckhuhn, Chair                                                                     

Margie McCeney, Vice-Chair                           Monta Burrough, Planner II, ECD

Councilmember Michael Leszcz                       Joshua Mitchum, Planner II, ECD                                   

Karen Lubieniecki                                            Robert Love, Acting Director, ECD

Marlene Frazier                                                Brooke Quillen, HDC Coordinator, ECD

Patrick Davis                                                    Darnell Butler, Communications Department                                                                           

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 March 16, 2021. There were none.

On a motion by Ms. Lubieniecki, seconded by Ms. Frazier, the minutes were approved on (5) five affirmative vote, with Mr. Kluckhuhn abstaining from the vote.

 

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. This application was tabled at the March 16, 2021 hearing.

The applicant was present. It was mentioned by the Commission their concern with this being a “contributing property” to the Historic District, they would like to see a record as what was once there. The Commission recommended the buildings shouldn’t be torn down until construction on the addition to Pallotti beings. The applicant stated he is working with an architectural researcher who made a recommendation for a mitigation plan, to have a company come in and do a research study which would be recorded with the Maryland Historic Inventory. He believes roughly 25% of the brick can be reused. They also plan to retain the cornice. He is planning to use those bricks for the inside theatre that would model these buildings at 222/224 Ninth Street, with a plaque explaining the history of the neighborhood. It was suggested by the Commission for the applicant to provide a copy of the history report to the Laurel Museum. The applicant stated he will share what his vision is for the theater when he has a rendering available and will share with staff to send to the Commission.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Mr. Davis, the application was approved on (6) six affirmative votes.

 

HDC-057-2021 for 342 Laurel Avenue, submitted by Mandy Kaur on behalf of the owner, the applicant is requesting approval to paint the gutters, window trim, and front porch column.  The applicant has painted the window trim, front porch columns, and gutters a dark blue color.  Applicant is willing to change the dark blue color to its original color white. The applicant is also seeking retroactive approval to demolish the existing garage and remove existing fence. The existing garage was approximately 16.3’ X 27.4’ or 444.1 square feet.  The existing fence was 6’ in height and 24’ long.  This item was denied on January 19, 2021.

The applicant was not on the call. The Commission suggested staff to try to contact them to join and to move this item to last on the agenda, in hopes they join before the meeting ends.

 

HDC-055-2021 for 701 Main Street, submitted by Chester Higdon, the applicant requests approval to install a white wooden picket fence located in the front of the property.  The fence will be located on an empty lot located on the corner of 701 Main Street.  The fence height will be 3 ½ feet.  This item was tabled on January 19, 2021; however, application has since expired so a new application was submitted.

The applicant was on the call. The applicant stated he could have existing fence removed and the new fence up in the next 3o days the fencing would face Main Street only and not the Seventh Street/ 216 side as there is a ton of bamboo on that side of the property. It was suggested by the Commission that the applicant let the new wood weather for a few months before painting.

On a motion by Councilmember Leszcz seconded by Ms. McCeney the item was approved on (6) six affirmative votes.

 

HDC-051-2021 for 308 Main Street, submitted by Aladdin Market, the applicant is proposing the installation of a continuous flat wall decal sign onto the windows of the Aladdin Market storefront. The decal is a part of a single design that will be applied to the four (4) window sections across the storefront. 

The applicant was on the call. There was discussion among the Commission and the applicant regarding the Arabic lettering on the signs and what the lettering says. The applicant stated it says food and grocery. The Commission stated they were concerned some of the lettering may be larger than the 3’’ that code allows and too many photos of products on the signs. The Commission asked the applicant to re-submit with a simpler design as they believe what has been presented to them is too busy.           

Mandy Kaur, Real Estate Representative for 342 Laurel Avenue, added for the record her support for the signage as this is more of a cultural issue and that is how they advertise their products.

On a motion by Councilmember Leszcz seconded by Ms. McCeney, the item was TABELED on (6) six affirmative votes.

 

HDC-053-2021 for 401 Fourth Street, submitted by Richard Stevick, the applicant is seeking approval to make exterior renovations which include the removal and replacement of the roof, gutters, and downspouts over the kitchen, living room addition, and detached garage.  Also, the Applicant is requesting to remove the chimney that is peaking from the top of house.  The property has two chimney’s and the applicant is requesting to remove one.  The Applicant is removing the chimney because it is no longer needed to vent the heat out of the home. 

The applicant was on the call. The applicant confirmed the new roof material will match the existing roof and the chimney being removed is on the 1960’s addition. The chimney is in bad shape, losing mortar.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney seconded by Ms. Lubieniecki, the item was approved on (6) six affirmative votes.

HDC-052-2021 for 331 Main Street, submitted by El Buen Gusto Bakery, the applicant is requesting approval to install three (3) flat wall signs on the storefront of the El Buen Gusto Bakery. The applicant is proposing two (2) flat wall decal signs on two (2) windows (one on each) and one (1) flat wall sign on the front door of the business. The flat wall decals will be applied behind the window glass.

The applicant was present. The applicant confirmed the windows will still be see through. The Commission complemented the bakery on its new success on Main Street.

On a motion by Ms. Lubieniecki, seconded by Mr. Davis, the item was approved on (6) six affirmative votes.

 

HDC-047-2021 for 36 Fourth Street, submitted by Gary Horton, the applicant is requesting to construct an addition to the existing detach garage in the rear of property.  The proposed addition will include expansion of the existing detached garage, and a new roof connecting to the existing roof.  The new addition will measure 11 feet x 22 feet or 242 square feet.  The façade material for the new detached garage addition will match that of the existing gray siding and blue architectural shingle roof of the existing garage.   The new garage door will match the existing 9 feet x 8 feet white metal garage door on the existing detach garage.  The height on the addition is 14 feet.  The Applicant will remove the existing detached garage window and install the 24 inches x 36 inches window on the right side of the addition.

The applicant was on the call. The Commission stated the roof line is a concern and they would like a better understanding with an improved rendering of the project. The applicant stated the addition will be the same pitch, however, it will be 2 ft. higher. The Commission asked the applicant to come back with a better visual, perhaps using side views as well.

On a motion by Ms. Lubieniecki, seconded by Mr. Davis, the item was TABLED on (6) six affirmative votes.

 

HDC-057-2021 for 342 Laurel Avenue, submitted by Mandy Kaur on behalf of the owner, the applicant is requesting approval to paint the gutters, window trim, and front porch column.  The Applicant has painted the window trim, front porch columns, and gutters a dark blue color.  Applicant is willing to change the dark blue color to its original color white. The applicant is also seeking retroactive approval to demolish the existing garage and remove existing fence. The existing garage was approximately 16.3’ X 27.4’ or 444.1 square feet.  The existing fence was 6’ in height and 24’ long.  This item was denied on January 19, 2021.

The applicant had joined the call. She is representing the owner as the real estate agent for this property. She apologized to the Commission, stating the owner bought this property through on online auction and didn’t realize it was in a Historic District. The owner wants to comply, and he is willing to change the dark trim back to its original color. She added there are no further plans for this property. The Commission suggested they re-paint the trim with a color provided on the pre-approved color list, clean up the debris in the backyard and add some landscaping back to the side and front of the property that was recently removed.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Ms. Lubieniecki, the item was approved on (6) six affirmative votes.

 

The Commission welcomed back chairman Kluckhuhn.

 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:48 p.m.

 

Minutes Approved:     Brooke Quillen                                    Date:   5/18/2021

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