Historic Preservation Commission - August 21, 2018 Minutes
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, August 21, 2018.
The Historic Preservation Commissioners present or absent were as follows:
Present: Michael Burns, Heather Fischer, Matthew Boreen, Paul Gleye, Mike Dawson
Absent: Christine Kloubec
Chair Burns called the meeting to order and welcomed Members to the meeting.
Item 1: Minutes: Regular Meeting of April 17, 2018
Member Boreen moved the minutes of the April 17, 2018 Historic Preservation Commission meeting be approved. Second by Member Fischer. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Item 2: Historic Overlay District Review
a. 921 8th Street South – Chas A. Roberts Addition: APPROVED
Applicant Kelly Gefroh presented the request to remodel the front porch and demolish an adjoining carport. He talked about the deteriorating condition of the existing porch, and the plans to expand the porch into the carport area.
The Board further discussed the materials that will be used; explored the possibility of reusing the original porch columns or replacing them with similar circular style columns; and the importance of maintaining the historic character and design of the existing home.
Member Gleye moved to approve the project as presented including the following recommendations: 1) replace the original porch columns with a circular design instead of the proposed square design; 2) keep the design of the balustrade the same as the existing and include a solid screen behind the balustrade; and 3) keep the skirting design around the bottom of the porch flat and not round as proposed. Second by Member Fischer. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
b. 434 7th Avenue South – Island Park Addition: APPROVED
Contractor Larry Fossen spoke on behalf of applicant Bruce Thompson. He explained the request is to demolish the existing porch, building a new porch depicting its original design.
Further discussion ensued clarifying the type of columns and railings to be installed and keeping the original roof design.
Member Boreen moved to approve the project as presented. Second by Member Larson. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
c. 923 6th Street South – Chas A. Roberts Addition: APPROVED
Contractor Kelly Lankow spoke on behalf of applicant Scott Davidson. He provided further detail on the proposed project to build a new garage.
The Board further discussed the proposed design and materials that will be used to construct the garage.
Member Larson moved to approve the project as presented. Second by Member Dawson. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Member Fischer absent.
Item 3: Storefront Rehabilitation Projects
a. 402 Broadway North: APPROVED
David Schultz of Schultz & Associates Architects, presented the proposed storefront rehab project. He provided a brief background of the previous changes made, and explained the request to renovate the exterior façade back to its original design.
Member Dawson moved the Historic Preservation Commission find that no historic property is being affected, and approve the project as presented. Second by Member Gleye. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Item 4: 701 Main Avenue – Fargo Parks Depot: APPROVED
Mr. Schultz introduced this proposal for an infill project of the baggage breezeway in the NP Depot Building, the current administrative headquarters for the Fargo Park District and a property listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Mr. Schultz explained this project will provide an increase in available floor area for the Park District operations.
Board discussion clarified the proposal should not distract from the aesthetics of the existing building exterior.
Member Gleye moved to approve the project as proposed. Second by Member Boreen. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Item 5: National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference
Assistant Planner Kylie Bagley referred to the information in the packet regarding this conference in November. She stated funding is available for one board member and one staff member to attend. She asked for those interested to let her know within the next two weeks to allow time to make the travel arrangements, etc.
Item 6: Jefferson Historic Overlay
Ms. Bagley provided an update regarding a grant the City received to move forward with this historic overlay proposal. She stated that SRF Consulting has been hired to work with staff to review collected data, and to draft an ordinance that will be presented to the Historic Preservation Commission for recommendation of approval; then to the Planning Commission for their recommendation; and to the City Commission for the final decision.
Item 7: Liaison Reports
No reports were provided at this time.
Item 8: Next Meeting – September 17, 2018
The time at adjournment was 9:27 a.m.