Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 8:00 a.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
City Commission Chambers, City Hall
1. Approve Minutes: The Regular Meeting of September 16, 2008
2. Storefront Rehab Update
3. Local Landmarks Update
4. Overview Subcommittee Report
5. Oak Grove Open House – November 20, 7:00 to 8:00 pm
6. Other Business
7. Liaison Reports
• Planning Commission – Christine Kloubec
• Board of Adjustment – Paul Gleye
• House Moving Board – Paul Gleye
• Housing Rehab – David Shultz
• Renaissance Zone Authority – Peter Moynihan
5. Next Meeting – December 11
Board of Historic Preservation Commissioners
Regular Meeting: Thursday: November 13, 2008:
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., Thursday, November 13, 2008.
The Historic Preservation Commissioners present or absent were as follows:
Present: David Shultz, Paul Gleye, Andrew Nielsen, Melissa Sobolik, Peter Moynihan
Absent: Christine Kloubec
Chair Shultz called the meeting to order.
Item 1. Approve Minutes: Regular Meeting of October 9, 2008
(8:00 a.m.) Hearing no discussion, Chair Shultz stated the minutes stand approved as presented.
Item 2. Storefront Rehab Update
(8:01 a.m.) Assistant Planner Dawn Mayo presented before and after photos showing the progress of the downtown storefront projects. At 117-119 Broadway, Ms. Mayo stated paint has been removed and the pressed tin cornice has been painted black. She clarified storefront windows have not been installed but could go in this fall or next spring. At 115 Broadway, Ms. Mayo said paint has been removed and carved sandstone was made visible on both ends of the building. She added the banding between the second and third floor windows was highly deteriorated, so a powdered masonry product was used to make repairs. She continued, at 113 Broadway, tests have been performed to strip the exterior paint. At 109-111 Broadway (the Hancock Building), Ms. Mayo stated workers were unable to remove the paint, so they are repainting and touching up the existing paint on decorative elements. On the window hoods and banding, she noted contrasting colors will be used. According to Ms. Mayo, the 214 Broadway project has been completed, including replacing storefront banding with windows. She relayed the property at 216 Broadway has newly installed second floor windows and remodeled entrances.
Chair Shultz stated the replacement of upper windows at 214 Broadway is on hold, yet the top panel has been infilled with a flat top storm to allow for a round top.
At 608 Main Avenue, Ms. Mayo stated the brick flanking the storefront windows has been painted. The desire, she said, was to leave the brick natural, but patching methods were unsuccessful. Ms. Mayo noted the stucco at 610 Main Avenue was removed to expose the original brickwork and new storefront windows have been replaced.
Mr. Gleye questioned whether there has been any discussion regarding funding storefront projects next year.
Ms. Mayo stated she will present a recommendation to fund storefront projects next year to staff. She added, it might be useful to have an Historic Preservation Member discuss the need for the program.
Chair Shultz stated the before and after slides could be used as a presentation for requesting funding in the next year.
Ms. Mayo stated she feels more buildings downtown are in need of storefront funding.
Item 3. Local Landmarks Update
Ms. Mayo stated she has photos for the first 20 items on the historical landmarks list. Further research has not been done at the Regional Studies, she noted. She added, Ms. Kloubec will be collecting research on a portion of the items and has not reported information at this time. Ms. Mayo stated once all research has been compiled, she will present the information to the City Commission.
Ms. Sobolik questioned whether additional items could be nominated in coming years.
Ms. Mayo replied more items can be added, and in addition, private property owners can list their residences.
Chair Shultz emphasized Commission Members can look for opportunities to spread the word regarding Local Landmarks and encourage the public to think about the landmark program.
Item 4. Overview Subcommittee Report
(8:14 a.m.) Chair Shultz mentioned the subcommittee met and reviewed neighborhoods from the 1930’s to the 1940’s. He stated the work is not conclusive at this time but will show broad patterns which will identify areas of interest.
Ms. Mayo noted she has seen changes in certain areas when doing windshield surveys and questioned whether some areas would be eligible for an overlay district. Both Ms. Mayo and Chair Shultz stated they have identified properties for consideration in an overlay district.
Ms. Mayo stated the subcommittee will continue to meet, create maps, and collect windshield surveys.
Item 5. Oak Grove Open House – November 20, 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Ms. Mayo announced the Oak Grove open house is scheduled for Thursday, November 20, 2008 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Scheels Atrium. Ms. Mayo stated she will prepare materials and maps for the event.
Item 6. Other Business
(8:21 a.m.) Ms. Mayo stated she received word from Steve Martens and added although he has not submitted any data, the Oak Grove survey is on track and within the agreed timeframe.
Ms. Mayo added she received an inquiry from an individual who will be writing a magazine article and doing historical research on the Oak Grove area.
Chair Shultz suggested planning another annual retreat in January to discuss initiatives and the focus of the Commission for the following year.
Ms. Mayo stated she will contact Members to check for possible dates for the annual retreat.
Item 7. Liaison Reports
Chair Shultz stated the Housing Rehab Program continues to work on new projects.
Item 8. Next Meeting
The next meeting is scheduled for December 11, 2008 at 8:00 a.m.
The time at adjournment was 8:23 a.m.