GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
June 28, 2004
Members Present: Constance Barsky (V.C.), Jack Burriss, Tom Mitchell, Mark Parris (Chair), Tim Riffle, Carl Wilkenfeld. The Chair welcomed Tom Mitchell as a new member of GPC.
Visitors Present: Sharon Joseph, John Thornborough, Rose Echeandia, Dian and Brian King
Also Present: Chris Strayer, Village Planner
The Chair swore in all those who planned to speak.
Citizens Comments: none
Recognition of Richard Salvage: In recognition of Mr. Salvage's nine years of service on the GPC, the Chair read a resolution of appreciation. Following the reading, Mr. Parris personally thanked Mr. Salvage for all the time he put in, as member and as Chair. Sometimes what we do here is rather obscure to the community, but Mr. Parris thanked Mr. Salvage for his steady leadership and commitment to the community.
Mr. Salvage responded by saying, "It has been a pleasure to work with you. Sometimes it has been more of a pleasure than others, but we did a good job and we did preserve the community. With Tom Mitchell, you have a good replacement who knows the importance of the GPC to the village."
Election of Vice Chair: MR. BURRIS NOMINATED CARL WILKENFELD AS VICE CHAIR, AND THE NOMINATION WAS APPROVED BY VOICE VOTE.
Minutes of June 14, 2004: Mr. Parris noted that the code states that an OPEN sign is incidental, so please delete the second half of the first paragraph.
MR. RIFFLE MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS AMENDED; MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Sharon Joseph, 115 N. Prospect - change of use
Mr. Strayer said the applicant wants to change the use in her building from a doctor's office to a retail store, a permitted use. Ms. Joseph said Barbara Hammond is opening a women's apparel store. Mr. Burriss noted that anything we can do to add retail space downtown is all to the good.
MR. BURRISS MOVED TO APPROVE APPLICATION 04-085 AS PRESENTED. MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND IT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Judith Thomas, 136 East Broadway - Sign
Mr. Strayer said the applicant wishes to remove the Welsh Hills Travel sign and replace it with a new half-circle projecting sign in dark brown and ivory for her business on the existing bracket.
Mr. Parris noted that such signs are permitted, but Ms. Barskey's preference would be other than sand-blasted. Mr. Wilkenfeld suggested the option of approval with condition that a different material could be used. Mr. Parris wanted to be as specific as possible and suggested bringing in the final design to the Village Planner.
Mr. Burriss wanted to be sure the curve on the sign and the curve on the bracket are coordinated, and he wanted to see how it is to be attached. The Village Planner could also approve this.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 04-087 WITH THE CONDITIONS THAT (1) THE CURVE IN THE METAL BRACKET AND THE CURVE ON THE SIGN ARE COORDINATED WITH ONE ANOTHER; (2) WHERE THE SIGN IS MOUNTED TO THE BRACKET WILL BE REVIEWED BY THE VILLAGE PLANNER; (3) IF THE APPLICANT WANTS TO USE A DIFFERENT WOOD TREATMENT, IT CAN BE BROUGHT TO THE VILLAGE PLANNER FOR APPROVAL. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION
AS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Bernie Williams, 119 East Elm Street - Sign
Mr. Williams has tenants who wish to open a video game and movie shop next to the Village Baker and wish to install two vinyl gray and orange window signs. The request meets all criteria.
Mr. Burriss would change the "Open" sign from red to orange, and the applicants had no problem with this request.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE 04-089 AS PRESENTED. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Rose Echeandia, 121 South Prospect Street - Sign
Having been denied her request for a sign at Broadway and Prospect, the applicant wishes to have a sidewalk sign on the grass at the store itself. The Commission discussed placement of such a sign so as not to impede pedestrians or cars, and there is not much space available. "Temporary" means such signs are taken in at night. The maximum height is 48", and this one would be 52".
Mr. Parris asked whether Ms. Echeandia had a design for her sign, and she said her sign-maker does not provide computer-designed signs, but she thought it might be masonite. The open space would be a chalkboard. He would like to see specifics on sizes, color, and materials, and Mr. Strayer said it would match the hanging sign. It is important to match the other signs.
MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE THE SIDEWALK SIGN WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: (1) PLACEMENT OF THE SIGN IS TO BE BETWEEN THE SIDEWALK AND THE STORE, IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING, OUT OF THE WAY OF THE OPENING OF CAR DOORS, AND APPROVED BY VILLAGE PLANNER; (2) SIGN MAY BE NO LARGER THAN 48" HIGH; (3) FONT AND COLORS OF THE SIGN WILL BE THE SAME AS THE CURRENT SIGN THAT THE APPLICANT HAS; AND (4) FINAL DESIGN TO BE SHOWN TO THE VILLAGE PLANNER. MR. RIFFLE SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Jack Thornborough, 233 South Mulberry Street - Renovations
The property is two houses attached together before 1866, lately used as rentals, and Mr. Thornborough wants to renovate it as a single-family home. He will add a porch and breakfast bay on northwest side, two Gothic gables on south, enclose the west porch, add a west side porch, new slate-looking ceiling, replace vinyl with wood clapboard, rebuild windows, and add a two-car garage. Landscaping and fence with patio will be added later. Complete description may be read in the presentation packet provided by the applicant. He plans to present the formal application on July 12. He will not be present, but the architect will be here.
They will lower the second floor by one foot and ceilings below will be dropped a foot. The chimneys will be removed and the fireplace restored.
The plan is to enclose the entrance on Maple Street, where there is a door now. The awning will be removed. The door will be made to look like a door, but from the inside it will be closed off. Mr. Burriss suggested considering a blind window with closed shutters; a floating door on a main elevation would concern him. Part of the beauty of the Gothic is if you draw a line down the center, everything is equal and you want to maintain that imagery. If the door is sided in, it will look like something is missing. Mr. Riffle suggested adding a decorative small porch rather than shutters, and Mr. Mitchell said the inside plan must be considered also. Mr. Burriss asked whether the discarded sandstone could be used for steps, and the answer was Yes. Mr. Riffle thought concrete blocks could be faced with sandstone and railings might be required.
Mr. Burriss wanted to ensure that the slope over porches and bay window were sufficient to repel snow and rain. He thanked the applicant for taking on this project; other people were thinking about demolition.
Ms. Barsky hopes for consistency in windows and consider that when the two houses were built, windows were 2 over 2, and sometimes with weighted glass.
Brian and Ann Craig, 226 East Maple Street - Addition
The Craigs wish to add a second story 16' beyond the house in the rear. The original 1920 two rooms were added to later by a one-story addition in the rear. The design would locate the property 7' off the east property line, and would require a variance. They need a bigger kitchen area and larger windows with a bay. They want to continue the porch along the side the full length and turn the corner.
Mr. Parris hoped he would distinguish between the old and new sections, blending them well together. Mr. Burriss wants to see site plans with scale and ratio, photographs, colors, materials, window trim and height, roofing, gutters, mechanicals, details on porch posts. Porches do not go under bay windows.
Finding of Fact: MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPPROVE THE FINDINGS OF FACT FOR ITEMS A, B, C, AND D UNDER NEW BUSINESS, AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH THE RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE ZONING CODE AS OUTLINED IN THE VILLAGE PLANNER'S MEMO OF JUNE 25, 2004. MR. BURRISS SECONDED, AND THE MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Other Matters: Ms. Barsky wondered whether GPC could work with V.C. to eliminate sidewalk signs in the future. The street corner signs were intended to direct visitors to businesses, and the proliferation defeats their aims. Mr. Parris agreed and thought these signs were getting too cluttered. The original intention was for restaurants to post their daily specials. Mr. Burriss wants to clarify "no changeable signs."
GPC discussed whether it was "anti-business," but we are interpreting the code.
Mr. Burriss added that many businesses are in a tenuous situation and anything that can be done to help them should be done. He thought a dialog with V.C. was a good idea. Something needs to be done to attract businesses to downtown. Mr. Strayer said the Economic Development Committee is looking at incentives to provide space for retailers, but often owners are charging too much rent. Businesses need to cater to our citizens as well as to the tourist trade.
Next Meetings: July 12 and July 26
Adjournment: 9:47 p.m.