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2017-02-23 HPC Minutes Village of Plainfield Meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission Record of Minutes Date: February 23, 2017 Location: Village Hall CALL TO ORDER, ROLL CALL, PLEDGE Chairman Bortel called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Roll call was taken: Commissioners Schmidt, Lucas, Derrick, Hendricksen, Barvian, Hagen, and Chairman Bortel were present. Commissioners Olsen and Rapp were absent. Also in attendance: Jonathan Proulx, Director of Planning and Merrilee Trotz, recording secretary. Chairman Bortel led the pledge to the flag. APPROVAL OF AGENDA Commissioner Derrick made a motion to approve the agenda. Seconded by Commissioner Schmidt. Voice Vote. All in favor. 0 opposed. Motion carried 7-0. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Commissioner Hendricksen made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Seconded by Commissioner Schmidt. Voice Vote. All in favor. 0 opposed. Motion carried 7-0. CHAIR’S COMMENTS: Chairman Bortel indicated Anthony Rubano will be attending the March 9th meeting to explain how a building is evaluated for tax credits through IHPA and National Parks Service. Chairman Bortel asked if the commissioners wanted to attend a dinner at the Opera House at 4:30 p.m. prior to that meeting. The dinner was supported by the majority of the members present. Chairman Bortel mentioned Joliet, Will County and Plainfield have applied to host a CAMP to be scheduled for a Saturday in either March or April at the Masonic Block Building. The date has not yet been determined. Chairman Bortel stated the letter of agreement has been signed by Remax for the property at 24215 W Lockport Street. Mr. Proulx stated the scalloped siding material has been removed; and indicated he is in discussion with revisiting the shutters. Chairman Bortel mentioned the owner is working with a local sign company. COMMISSIONERS COMMENTS: There was no response. PUBLIC COMMENT: There was no response. OLD BUSINESS CASE NO: 1729-070816.COA DNA Athletics – 24210 W Lockport Street Mr. Proulx stated this Commission previously reviewed and approved a new 2-story building at the location of 24210 W. Lockport Street. Due to constructions costs and accessibility requirements the Historic Preservation Commission Minutes February 23, 2017 Page 2 of 6 applicant now wishes to construct a 1-story building. The previous proposal received approval also by the Village Board of the site plan. Mr. Proulx described the location of this project; described the elevations and reviewed the criteria as noted in the staff report dated February 21, 2017. Mr. Proulx mentioned there are several single story buildings in this block. Mr. Proulx indicated the Plan Commission recommended approval of the 1-story building subject to approval by this commission. Chairman Bortel mentioned three quarters of the west wall is hidden by the Trolley Barn building; and asked if it was possible to add a window to the west wall closer to the south elevation. Commissioner Schmidt asked if the roof was flat on the 2-story version of this building and if the front façade was flat. Mr. Proulx stated yes the roof was flat as the footprint was small enough to allow the roof to slope from front to back. David Mitchell represented the applicant. Mr. Mitchell stated there are no windows on the west wall which is the same as originally planned as the west interior wall is their display wall; also the building is less than 10 feet from the Trolley Barn property so it must be rated a1-hour fire wall. Mr. Mitchell stated the original proposed footprint was less and allowed for the sloped roof; this footprint is larger and to keep it in budget the 4/12 pitch roof with 30 year shingles is the most cost effective. The finished basement will be their internet sales and stock room but the finished basement did not add to the appraised value. Mr. Mitchel stated the front façade was changed to work with what they planned originally and incorporated the gable roof; and the gable is a nice feature for signage. Commissioner Hendricksen reiterated the footprint has been increased, the second floor eliminated and in the process you do not have enough room to get a decent slope to the rear for a flat roof. Mr. Mitchell stated a shingled roof is more cost effective than a flat roof. Commissioner Hendricksen liked the cloth awnings. Commissioner Hendricksen stated he would not object to the aluminum storefront system if it were a more authentic color; wanted to be sure the Low-E insulated glass is really clear and will not be a reflective window. Mr. Mitchell said depending on the energy code they might look at a tinted glass but not in any way mirrored; indicated there will be no reflectivity. Chairman Bortel mentioned the Low-E glass tends to be darker when you are looking in but you cannot tell when you are looking out; mentioned it might be worth looking into a high performance Low E sunglass. Commissioner Hagen asked about the parking arrangement with the Trolley Barn property; and asked about the driveway. Mr. Mitchell indicated all parking has been eliminated; indicated there will be grass, landscape and the trash enclosure in the rear; the trash enclosure will be accessible through the Trolley Barn parking lot. Mr. Mitchell indicated there was never a driveway. Commissioner Derrick asked about the color and dimensions of the face brick, and mortar joints. Mr. Mitchell indicated the brick will be of the reddish brown hue, something in context with the other Historic Preservation Commission Minutes February 23, 2017 Page 3 of 6 buildings downtown; stated it would be an 8” X 2-2/3” standard brick; stated the mortar joints would be traditional with precast cut stone on the pilaster base and a precast stone band above the windows. Commissioner Derrick asked about the siding to be used on the east and west elevations; mentioned this siding does not read like a traditional clabber because it is a thinner product. Mr. Mitchell stated they went with the LP Smartside Lap siding to get the 4” exposure; stated this product is a little thicker than the hardy product but it will not be 3/4 “ thick. Commissioner Derrick asked if the doors on the east side were glassed. Mr. Mitchell stated the glass in the doors will match the aluminum storefront windows; the transoms will be the same; the windows on the back will be aluminum clad to match in color with the rest of the aluminum. Commissioner Derrick asked if the center bay of the wall plane on the front would protrude. Mr. Mitchell said the entrance will be recessed as the door swing cannot encroach on the public way; described the 4” projection of the pilasters; explained the door is off center due to ADA requirements. Commissioner Derrick asked if the aluminum frame around the windows was set into the wall. Mr. Mitchell further described the front elevation. Commissioner Derrick suggested the roof line be flattened. Commissioner Hendricksen suggested the lighting sconces should be period appropriate. Commissioner Derrick made a motion to recommend approval of the requested Certificate of Appropriateness for the proposed new one-story building at 24210 W. Lockport Street. Seconded by Commissioner Hendricksen. Vote by roll call: Lucas, yes; Schmidt, yes; Hagen, yes; Barvian, yes Hendricksen, yes; Derrick, yes; Bortel, yes. Motion carried 7-0. NEW BUSINESS Case No. 1754-020917.COA Plainfield Castle, LLC 24044 W. Lockport Street Mr. Proulx stated this is a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) for 24044 W. Lockport Street to restore the exterior front elevation by removing the wood panel bulkhead and limestone fascia to be replaced with the appropriate wood panel and glass storefront. This building was built circa 1890 and was updated in the mid 1900’s. Mr. Proulx reviewed the criteria as noted in the staff report dated February 21, 2017. Mr. Proulx indicated the applicant has been working with IHPA and restoration has been approved to take the building back to the 1890’s. Staff will continue to monitor the process to ensure the scope of work approved by IHPA is consistent with this COA request. Staff supports the proposed project and believes restoration to the late-1800’s storefront appearance is appropriate. Chairman Bortel gave some history on this property. Chairman Bortel swore in Mike Kelly, applicant. Mr. Kelly stated they were happy to be moving forward with this project. Commissioner Hendricksen mentioned this Commission argued against the retention of the stone slab; stated the architect, Michael Lambert, did a nice job with the details on this project. Historic Preservation Commission Minutes February 23, 2017 Page 4 of 6 Commissioner Schmidt asked the color scheme and asked if an awning was proposed. Mr. Kelly thought it was the blue/grey color and agreed there would be an awning. Commissioner Derick asked if the cellular PVC trim work and bulkhead will be cast to match the photos or if it was premade. Mr. Kelly stated the millwork is being made. Commissioner Schmidt thought it looked great. Commissioner Derick asked if they are matching the mullions in the windows of the historic photo; asked if the vertical divider would be added in the transom above the door. After some discussion it was determined the door would not be centered due to the ADA requirements and therefore the vertical divider may not look correct centered in the transom above the offset door. Commissioner Schmidt asked if the portion below the large window was typically wood. Chairman Bortel mentioned a lot of the bottom bulkhead is wood in the downtown buildings. Commissioner Derrick asked if the bulkhead for this building had been removed; stated if the bulkhead is still there but in poor condition, this Commission should under the Secretary of Interiors standards require any restoration to replicate the wood; further stated in this case since the material is missing it is acceptable to replace it with other materials. Commissioner Hendricksen made a motion to recommend approval of the Certificate of Appropriateness for Case No. 1754-022017.COA for the proposed restoration of the building at 24044 W. Lockport Street. Seconded by Commissioner Lucas. Vote by roll call: Schmidt, yes; Derrick, yes; Barvian, yes; Hagen, yes; Lucas, yes; Hendricksen, yes; Bortel, yes. Motion carried 7-0 Case No. 1755-022017.COA 24030 W. Lockport Street Chairman Bortel read some history regarding this property. Mr. Proulx stated the applicant is requesting a COA in order to restore the exterior front and rear elevations, and remodel the interior to accommodate a new ice cream shop and professional office space. This project will be completed in two phases. Phase I will focus on the first-floor elevation storefront while Phase II will include restoration of the second floor window fenestration and reintroduction of a historically appropriate cornice. Mr. Proulx indicated there will be an ice cream parlor in the front of the building and a professional office in the rear of the building with an apartment on the second floor. Mr. Proulx described the elevations as noted in the staff report dated February 21, 2017. Staff supports the proposed project and believes restoration to the late-1800’s storefront appearance is appropriate. Chairman Bortel described the historic photos presented in the packet. Chairman Bortel swore in Ken Barvian, owner. Commissioner Schmidt asked if the front façade is flat. Mr. Barvian indicated yes. Mr. Barvian stated one reason for the flat façade is due to the ADA code and the second reason is this is the only way to get the second entrance into the building; the space is too large for one retail Historic Preservation Commission Minutes February 23, 2017 Page 5 of 6 business (the proposal is for retail in front and office space in the rear); the second space makes it necessary to have a second entrance. Mr. Barvian indicated the demolition has been started inside the building; the current door is not in compliance with ADA requirements. Commissioner Lucas asked if Phase II included removal of the brick infill on the second floor windows. Mr. Barvian stated Phase II includes both removal of the infill and replacement of the cornices. Commissioner Hendricksen mentioned no materials were listed for the doors and windows. Mr. Barvian stated the materials will be custom wood and Low-E glass. Commissioner Hendricksen asked if they would make every effort to make it homogeneous with existing materials. Commissioner Derrick asked if the transoms are true divided light. Mr. Barvian replied yes. Chairman Bortel asked when they proposed to remove the exterior. Mr. Barvian indicated as soon as they get approval; Part I has been approved by IHPA; and Part II is in the process of being finalized. Commissioner Derrick clarified that Part I is the certification of the buildings’ national register eligibility and Part II is the certification that the design meets the standards and the project is eligible for a tax credit. Mr. Barvian indicated that is correct and they are working on the language for Part II. Mr. Barvian stated Mr. Rubano was fine with the reconfiguration of the entrances; stated Mr. Rubano indicated they may have to have a different design for the awning. Commissioner Derrick asked about the front elevation. Mr. Barvian said it is all flat. Commissioner Derrick asked if the bottom of the stairs is for access to the second floor; asked how much room there is before the stairs. Mr. Barvian stated from the door to the stairs is about 2-1/2 to 3 feet. Commissioner Derrick asked if the door to the second floor could be the entrance to both the second floor and the office space. Mr. Barvian said it could not because the retail counter is under the stairs. Commissioner Schmidt asked if the three doors are for three separate spaces and if the door on the right goes to the apartment on the second floor. Mr. Barvian replied yes. Commissioner Derrick asked if the middle window could be divided. Mr. Barvian was not opposed to dividing the window. Commissioner Schmidt mentioned dividing the middle window would cause a need to rework the transom; indicated he liked the design as presented. Commissioner Derrick suggested cleaning the brick as gently as possible; hand removal of the mortar and matching the profile and mix of the existing mortar. Commissioner Schmidt asked if the large window could be pushed in so the sidelights next to the door could be angled. Mr. Barvian explained the location of the cast iron columns on the face. Commissioner Derrick asked if this approval includes Phase II; asked if they are matching the cornice; asked if the windows are wood. Mr. Barvian said they are matching the cornice to the Historic Preservation Commission Minutes February 23, 2017 Page 6 of 6 historic photos; indicated they have 2 frames of the wood windows from the interior before the addition was added to the back that will be reused. Commissioner Lucas made a motion to recommend approval of the requested Certificate of Appropriateness for the proposed phases of restoration of the building at 24030 W. Lockport Street. Seconded by Commissioner Hendricksen. Vote by roll call: Schmidt, yes; Hagen, yes; Derrick, yes; Hendricksen, yes; Lucas, yes; Bortel, yes. Motion carried 6-0. Case No. 1734-090616.HPC-Landmark 23718 W. Lockport Street Commissioner Hendricksen made a motion to continue Case No. 1734-090616.Landmark for 23718 W. Lockport Street to a Special Meeting to be held March 23, 2017. Seconded by Commissioner Derrick. Vote by roll call: Hagen, yes; Barvian, yes; Schmidt, yes; Lucas, yes; Derrick, yes; Hendricksen, yes; Bortel, yes. Motion carried 7-0. DISCUSSION ADJOURN: Commissioner Derrick made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Schmidt seconded the motion. Voice vote. All in favor; 0 opposed. Motion carried 7-0. Meeting adjourned at 8:43 p. m. Respectfully submitted, Merrilee Trotz Recording Secretary