City Of Hudson
 Minutes 

May 11, 2012: Historic Preservation Commission Minutes 05/11/12

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Historic Preservation Commission

Meeting Minutes for the Meeting of May11

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting was opened at 10:03. Brief discussion of Senior Center from previous meeting  agreed to add an addendum to the minutes that any substantial changes be resubmitted to HPC

 

City Hall Doors

 

The Superintendant of DPW presented the need for replacing the existing City Hall (Warren Street entrance) double doors. He also presented a prototype photo of the new door a single metal and glass door offset to one side of the entrance. The Commission recommended that the Superintendant consider centering the new door to maintain the symmetry of the building entrance and columns. Michael Davis architect and owner of 347 Warren Street offered to track down salvage wooden doors that might be both cost effective and more appropriate to the age of the building then the metal and glass planned by DPW. The Superintendant indicated he was open to both ideas and would look into other City buildings where the planned door might be used if the door had already been purchased.

 

The Commission then initiated a discussion of City Parks with the Superintendant. The HPC asked about the Youth Dept site in the Park above 7th Street. No plans are in the near term to repair. It was noted that there might be a mason available to contribute time. The Chair of the Common Council added that the Parks Foundation had some projects in the works on pocket parks that would be coming before the Common Council. It was agreed to build on going collaboration and consultation between HPC and DPW on parks and public buildings.

 

 

347 Warren Street

 

Michael Davis owner of 347 Warren Street presented an application for a C Of A for the construction of an open covered porch connected to an art deco garage building that already exists. The porch will have a metal corrugated roof supported by four salvaged Corinthian style stone columns.

The overall context will be a food court lot with outdoor seating. The Commission agreed to move forward with the application and directed City Counsel Cheryl Roberts to prepare a Certificate of Appropriateness for a decision at the next meeting.

 

13 South Third Street  (former Verdigris Building)

 

Michael Davis as architect for the owner presented an application for a C of A for modifications to an existing structure to address the needs of a new restaurant. Specifically 2 new fireplaces and visible chimneys; altering entrance and egress doors for code compliance; enclosing the existing carport for kitchen and workspace. Major materials presented were brick chimneys and clapboard siding. The Commission requested that one of the wooden doors be relocated which was addressed by the applicant. The Commission agreed to move forward with the application and directed City Counsel Cheryl Roberts to prepare a Certificate of Appropriateness for a decision at the next meeting.

 

 

900 Columbia Street to 215 Union Street

 

Tom Swope presented an application from Galvan Initiatives to move an 1830s building scheduled for demolition at 900 Columbia to a new site at 215 Union Street. While the Commission was supportive of the application additional information was determined to be needed and reviewed before a C of A could be prepared: specifically, a site plan that made clear the orientation of the building on the new site; proposed set back in context with adjacent buildings and historic references on the building itself. It was agreed to provide the Commission with the required documentation prior to the next meeting.

 

68 South Second Street (Robert Taylor House) to 25 Union Street

 

Tom Swope presented an application from Galvan Initiatives to move the Robert Taylor House to a new location at 25 Union Street. There was discussion of whether or not the 68 South Second location is within the historic district although the Union Street location was not in doubt. The Commission expressed concern about the impact on the neighborhood by moving a significant building away from its original location.

The Commission also found key elements of the application to be incomplete specifically no site plan for the new location; lack of clarity around the demolition of the West Wing of 25 Union necessitated by the move; no historic documentation on the house itself. The Commission voted to not go forward on this application.

 

 

449 Warren Street  (Hudson Arcade)

 

Tom Swope presented an application from Galvan Initiatives to modify and expand an existing cinderblock building that had once been a Cumberland Farms and somewhat earlier in history the site of the Dutch Reformed Church. The Commission raised a number of concerns; on the application lack of a site plan and visual context; on the architecture concerns about appropriateness to the neighborhood including spacing of the columns; cornices or lack thereof; roof line; materials; parking lot entrance and egress;

It was a agreed to schedule a public workshop in one week with the intent to get to the specific requirements that the Commission was asking and arrive if at all possible at a mutually satisfactory way forward to approval.