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Historic Preservation Commission - February 21, 2017 Minutes

Regular Meeting: Tuesday: February 21, 2017:

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Historic Preservation Commissioners of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the City Commission Room at City Hall at 8:00 o’clock a.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

The Historic Preservation Commissioners present or absent were as follows:

Present: Michael Burns, Mike Hahn, Christine Kloubec, Heather Fischer,
Matthew Boreen

Absent: Andrew Nielsen, Paul Gleye

Chair Burns called the meeting to order and welcomed Members to the meeting.

Item 1: Minutes: Regular Meeting of January 17, 2017
Mr. Hahn moved the minutes of the January 17, 2017 Historic Preservation Commission meeting be approved. Second by Ms. Fischer. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 2: 389 8th Ave S – HOD Review (Island Park Addition): APPROVED
Assistant Planner Dawn Mayo introduced the proposed infill property project noting the project would include development of 3 condo units facing 4th Street South, which include attached 2-stall garages; an additional 3 parking spots; and 3 detached storage units with a dumpster location to be included on the property. She added a zoning change from SR-3, Single-Dwelling Residential with a H-O, Historic Overlay, to SR-5, Single-Dwelling Residential with a H-O, Historic Overlay was approved for this property at the February 7, 2017 Planning Commission meeting.

Chris Hawley, Chris Hawley Architects, spoke on behalf of the project.

The following area property owners spoke in opposition of the proposed project stating the following concerns: the height and orientation of the new structure; the distance between the proposed setbacks from the building to the sidewalks; the small size of the units and lack of yard space for potential families that may move into these units; and the compatibility of the proposed structure to the neighborhood.

Lee Watkins, 384 8th Avenue South
JoAnn and Jim Alger, 330 8th Avenue South
Natasha Neihart, 1102 9th Street South
Eric J. Dahlgren, 347 9th Avenue South (submitted a letter in opposition)

Ms. Fischer moved to approve the project as presented. Second by Mr. Boreen. Members Boreen, Burns, Fischer, and Kloubec voted aye. Member Hahn voted nay. The motion was declared carried.

Item 3: Metro Drug – Storefront Grant Review: APPROVED WITH CONDITION
Ms. Mayo provided a brief summary of the proposed project for façade renovation at 123 Broadway North, noting the eligible components of the renovation are as follows: remove and replace non-historic storefront on Broadway; install new storefront windows on 2nd Avenue, similar to historic photos; replace 2nd floor windows on Broadway face with triple-hung windows; stall additional storefront entrances on 2nd Avenue to accommodate new businesses; and repair masonry where needed. She stated staff is recommending a finding of “No Historic Properties Affected”.

Mike Zimney, The Kilbourne Group, spoke on behalf of the project.

David Shultz, Shultz + Associates Architects, presented handouts of project renderings to the Board Members and provided an overview of the work to be done.

Ms. Kloubec moved to approve the project with the following condition:

1) Raise the elevation of the 2nd Avenue North storefront to match the 1905 photograph of this property.

Second by Mr. Boreen. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 4: 2017 Certified Local Government Grant Application
Ms. Mayo reviewed with the Board Members the potential ideas that could be submitted for the 2017 Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant including an oral history project or updating surveys in the Jefferson Neighborhood.

Discussion was held regarding a potential project that would include restoration/reinstallation of an existing artifact from the Hawthorne Neighborhood by providing construction of a new base/monument for a salvaged cornerstone for the demolished Carnegie Library.

Mr. Hahn moved the Historic Preservation Commission grant the cornerstone monument as the first priority for the CLG Grant and the oral history project as the second priority for the CLG Grant. Second by Ms. Fischer. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 5: Other Business
Ms. Mayo and Board Members expressed their appreciation and thanks for Andrew Nielsen’s service and time as a Member of the Historic Preservation Commission.

Item 6: Liaison Reports
Mr. Boreen gave an update on items from the January 2017 Board of Adjustment meeting.

Item 7: Next Meeting – March 21, 2017
The time at adjournment was 9:35 a.m.