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Planning Minutes 1/22/07

(Editor's Note: The decisions on Planning Commission applications that were made at this meeting were later invalidated because notice of the meeting had not been published in the Granville Sentinel.)


GRANVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION
January 22, 1907
Draft Minutes
 
Members Present:  Chip Blanchard, Jack Burriss, Jackie O'Keefe, Tom Mitchell, Tim Riffle, Carl Wilkenfeld
Members Absent:  none
Visitors Present:  Kevin Zeppernick, Jessica Rettig, Walter Palasky, Art Chonko,  Dennis Cauchon
Also Present:  Chris Strayer, Village Planner
Minutes of January 8:  MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS PRESENTED; MR. BLANCHARD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Citizens Comments:  none
Swearing In:
Old Business:
 
Jessica Rettig, 111 West College Street - Addition
 At the last meeting we took a vote, which came out 2-1, and since it needed three votes for a decision, it was tabled.
 Ms. Rettig said the only concern was matching slope and pitch of the existing home and height between east and west side.  She showed a new design for the roof pitch with parallel rooflines on top, which would look better than matching east and west.
 Mr. Riffle noted the drawings do not accurately match the house.  Ms. Rettig explained the discrepancy and described the roof as being hip and gable.  Mr. Burriss thought with the height it is, the hip makes good sense.
 
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE AS PROPOSED WITH THE CONDITIONS THAT (1) THE HOUSE BE REPAINTED TO MATCH EXISTING COLORS AND (2) EAST SIDE GABLE IS NOT GOING TO BE CHANGED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS WE HAVE BEEN PRESENTED WITH.  MR WILKENFELD SECONDED AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
 
Walter Palasky
 The application continues to be tabled at applicant's request.
 
Benjamin Burton, 224 East Broadway - Signage
 The freestanding sign was approved at the last meeting, but we wanted to see the sidewalk sign design.
 Mr. Conkle said it will be inside the sidewalk on the lawn of the ROW.  Mr.Blanchard asked the purpose of the sign and was told the changeable middle portion of the dry erase board is to highlight special events  for visitors in town.  The sign is to let people know what is going on in that building.
 Mr. Burriss thought it would look better to have a border around the sign, and Mr. Conkey said that was his intention.
 
 MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE THE FREE-STANDING SIGN AND SIDEWALK SIGN. THE FREE-STANDING SIGN WILL INCLUDE A ONE-INCH BORDER AROUND THE EDGE.  MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED. 
 
New Business:
 
Kevin Zeppernick, 429 Mt. Parnassus - Addition
 
 The applicant wishes to remove the existing garage and replace it with a new structure. Since it's larger than 25% more, it needs to come before the GPC.
 Mr. Zeppernick said the house had mold when they bought it, and a condition of sale was to remove it.  In the process, they plan to give the house a new personality and a French country feel.  Window sizes are all the same, and there will be a new front porch.  The roof will be tied onto a small porch. Mr. Blanchard asked how close it would be to the next building, and Mr Zeppernick said it will actually be inside the 12' side setback, adding 2' to the existing footprint.  It's a steep hill and they will regrade the south side.  Mr. Blanchard asked about the grading and water runoff, and Mr. Zeppernick said there has been a retaining wall there for 55 years.
 Mr. Burriss asked about the siding material and was told they will match lapboard with hardy pine board and batten or something else.  Ms. O'Keefe asked about the different roof heights and was told it's for the cathedral ceiling inside.  Mr. Burriss thinks the higher height works better. 
 There will be a gas fireplace, the duct work for which will go up the existing chimney.
 They will have the final engineering plans prepared soon. Mr. Riffle said we need to know the siding and roof material. Mr. Strayer thought it could be approved contingent upon exterior material.
 Mr. Blanchard thinks it is a fabulous plan and a vast improvement, and with the investment involved, he is sure the materials will be excellent.  Mr. Zeppernick said they have not yet decided on the external material, but he can bring it to the next meeting.
 
MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE 07-008 WITH THE CONDITION THAT THE EXTERIOR FINISH PACKAGE IS NOT APPROVED AT THIS MEETING, BUT THE PACKAGE WILL BE SUBMITTED BY THE APRIL 23 MEETING FOR REVIEW, AND NO FINISHES WILL BE APPLIED TO EXTERIOR UNTIL IT IS APPROVED.  MR. WILKENFELD SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
 
Denison University - Cleveland Hall Addition
 
 Mr. Chonko explained the addition planned for the 100-year-old Cleveland to be started in May. 
 Mr. Maxwell(?), architect, explained the Greenwich Village firm's history and some of the buildings they have built.  The direction they are planning has 4 components:  (1) adapt and reuse the historic building; (2) addition of new studio space; (3) addition of new administrative wing; and (4) a foundry.  There will be exterior and interior contrast between the old building and the addition, which floats on the masonry.  They envision lots of light, transparent, translucent with channel glass, on a stone base.  They will plant the building into the landscape and build into the hill.  On the rear, stairs will go up the building, so it will be a real rear elevation.  Four floors are joined together inside.
 To a question by Ms. O'Keefe about the stark contrast, he said the contrast is appropriate to the existing building and highlights it.  Architects no longer replicate what's there previously.  He described the materials, saying the glass has a calming, soothing effect.
 Mr. Riffle was concerned about the amount of light from inside coming off the building, thinking the building will glow, even with some diffusion from the channel.  The architect reassured him it would not.
 Mr. Chonko said they will keep as many original materials as they can.
 Mr. Riffle asked how are they going to keep paintings and other paper off the windows and was told there is not much wall space so they will add screens and pin-up walls.
 Mr. Burriss thinks this would be an exciting place for an art student, but it's hard to be excited about the flashcube, although he is in favor of the plan.
 Upon being asked whether College Street will be made into a promenade, Mr. Chonko answered No, they will take it to the Streets and Sidewalks Committee.  Consensus of the group was not in favor of closing off College Street.  But Mr. Burriss would consider College Street being paved in a different way.
 Mr. Burriss asked whether there was lighting control in the studio and was told not currently, but it works at Sarah Lawrence well.  He asked whether the night lighting would be equal elements or glow, with consistency of lighting or a band of light.  The architect said the lighting plan will be the same on both floors and depend on how the studios are set up.  He thinks the two floors will be about even with an R-4 value.
 Mr. Riffle would like to see a sample of glass and of siding.  It would be helpful to see a cut sheet of lighting.  Mr. Chonko said there will be lighting outside, directed down and made very subtle.
 There will be no landscaping, noted Mr. Chonko; some trees will be removed and then replaced.
 Mr. Blanchard finds the west elevation the most pleasing, but he wishes he felt better about the other sides.  The architect said they have a very appropriate solution to dealing with this historic building in this location.  The program Denison wanted was a challenge, and they have solved it very well.
 Citizen Dennis Couchon stated that this could be very controversial, and there should be a hearing followed.  Mr. Strayer said they cannot tell the SENTINEL what to run.  There is legislation before Village Council about increased notification. Ms. O'Keefe thought a lot of people would be very upset, but it is not something you can put out to the village for a vote.  Mr. Wilkenfeld thinks Denison should go to the SENTINEL, but Mr. Chonko thinks the community does know about this, and there was an article about it a while ago.  He wants to move ahead.  Mr. Riffle said it's not fair to Denison to follow the process and then delay and give people time to object.  We are following normal procedures and Denison is too.
 
 MR. MITCHELL MOVED TO APPROVE ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDING DESIGN CONTINGENT UPON APPROVAL OF EXTERIOR AND FINISH PACKAGE AND SITE LIGHTING BY MARCH 26.  MR. BURRISS SECONDED AND MOTION WAS APPROVED BY MAJORITY (MR. BLANCHARD VOTED NAE).
 
Finding of Fact:  MR. WILKENFELD MOVED TO APPROVE FINDINGS FOR B UNDER NEW BUSINESS AND A,B, AND C UNDER OLD BUSINESS AND WE FIND THEM CONSISTENT WITH RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE CODE AS OUTLINED IN MR. STRAYER'S MEMO OF JANUARY 22.  MR. MITCHELL SECONDED, AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
 
Work Session:
 
Wendy Hollinger, North Pearl - Garage
 The garage is wobbly and needs to be replaced.  It is close to the property line, and they need to look at their options:  (1 ) Take the garage down and build a new one farther down the back yard; (2) make an addition onto the back of the house with garage; (3) build a carport out of the existing structure with parking in front; or (4) acquire some land from next door.  It's too steep with a grade of 17° to build it on the other side of the house.
 Mr. Mitchell suggested checking with a surveyor to design something that will work grade-wise, and she said she would do that.
Adjournment:  9:00 p.m.
Next Meetings:  February 12 and 26
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Hullinger

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