Historic District Minutes 10-22-2015

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                                     CITY OF MUSKEGON
                               HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION
                                      SPECIAL MEETING
                                          MINUTES

                                            October 22, 2015

Vice-Chairman S. Radtke called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m. and roll was taken.

MEMBERS PRESENT:                S. Radtke, S. Kroes, A. Riegler, L. Spataro, L. Wood, K. Panozzo

MEMBERS ABSENT:                 J. Hilt, excused

STAFF PRESENT:                  M. Franzak, C. Brubaker-Clarke, D. Renkenberger

OTHERS PRESENT:                 M. McGivney, Allen Edwin Homes, 795 Clyde Ct SW, Byron Center,
                                MI; D. Gregersen, 241 W. Muskegon Ave

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion to approve the regular meeting minutes of October 6, 2015 was made by L. Spataro, supported
by S. Kroes and unanimously approved.

NEW BUSINESS

Case 2015-14 – Houston/Monroe between 4th and 5th Streets. Applicant: City of Muskegon. District:
Houston. Current Function: Vacant lots. At the October 6 meeting, the board approved the infill
development concept and the foundations for this multi-home project, but tabled the decision on the
design of the homes, requesting more windows on the side elevations of the buildings. Revised building
designs showing additional windows were presented. Board members concurred that the additional
windows were sufficient; however, there was discussion on the window trim. M. McGivney stated that
the homes with sides facing 5th St. would have trim around the windows on that side; the other side and
rear windows would not. He stated that the homes would be close together; therefore, the sides would not
be very visible. L. Spataro and A. Riegler asked how much the building cost would increase if additional
window trim was added. M. McGivney estimated that it would cost an additional $1,500 to $3,000 per
house. S. Radtke asked if the finished homes would match what was pictured on the renderings provided,
including items such as shingles and other details shown. M. McGivney stated that he finished homes
would match the drawings. C. Brubaker-Clarke stated that there was a limit on how much the developers
could spend in construction costs as the houses had to be marketable, so it was important to decide which
design items would be most beneficial. L. Spataro stated that the proposed fence around the lots was
purely ornamental, and he thought that the window trim was more important. C. Brubaker-Clarke stated
that, in walking the area, there were several properties utilizing similar fencing, and it lent some
distinction to this neighborhood. She believed that the decorative fencing would be more of a draw for
potential buyers M. McGivney concurred that the fencing would appeal to potential home buyers more
than the additional window trim. A. Riegler stated that she understood the cost concerns, but felt that the
window trim was an important design element. The board discussed the window trim and what would be
acceptable on the different houses, based on their location. L. Spataro suggested that the board make a
separate motion for each of the nine houses.

A motion that the HDC approve the proposed house plan “M1890” with the condition that trim be added
to the windows on the east side elevation facing the existing neighboring house, was made by A. Riegler,
supported by L. Spataro and unanimously approved, with S. Radtke, S. Kroes, A. Riegler, L. Spataro, L.
Wood, and K. Panozzo voting aye.

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A motion that the HDC approve the proposed house plan “E1870” as presented was made by L. Spataro,
supported by S. Kroes and unanimously approved, with S. Radtke, S. Kroes, A. Riegler, L. Spataro, L.
Wood, and K. Panozzo voting aye.

A motion that the HDC approve the proposed house plan “M1840” as presented was made by L. Wood,
supported by S. Kroes and unanimously approved, with S. Radtke, S. Kroes, A. Riegler, L. Spataro, L.
Wood, and K. Panozzo voting aye.

A motion that the HDC approve the proposed house plan “E2070” as presented was made by L. Spataro,
supported by S. Kroes and unanimously approved, with S. Radtke, S. Kroes, A. Riegler, L. Spataro, L.
Wood, and K. Panozzo voting aye.

A motion that the HDC approve the proposed house plan “MK2100” (to be located at the corner of
Monroe and Fifth St.) with the condition that trim be added to the windows on the rear elevation, was
made by A. Riegler, supported by L. Spataro and unanimously approved, with S. Radtke, S. Kroes, A.
Riegler, L. Spataro, L. Wood, and K. Panozzo voting aye.

A motion that the HDC approve the proposed house plan “MK1890” (to be located at the corner of
Houston and Fifth St.) with the condition that trim be added to the windows on the rear elevation, was
made by L. Spataro, supported by A. Riegler and unanimously approved, with S. Radtke, S. Kroes, A.
Riegler, L. Spataro, L. Wood, and K. Panozzo voting aye.

A motion that the HDC approve the proposed house plan “E1870” (to be located on an interior lot) as
presented was made by L. Spataro, supported by S. Kroes and unanimously approved, with S. Radtke, S.
Kroes, A. Riegler, L. Spataro, L. Wood, and K. Panozzo voting aye.

A motion that the HDC approve the proposed house plan “M2100” as presented was made by L. Wood,
supported by L. Spataro and unanimously approved, with S. Radtke, S. Kroes, A. Riegler, L. Spataro, L.
Wood, and K. Panozzo voting aye.

A motion that the HDC approve the proposed house plan “E2070” (to be located on Houston Avenue
adjacent to an existing house) as presented, was made by L. Spataro, supported by S. Kroes and
unanimously approved, with S. Radtke, S. Kroes, A. Riegler, L. Spataro, L. Wood, and K. Panozzo voting
aye.

Case 2015-15 – 1641 Jefferson St. Applicant: Raymond Panozzo. District: Jefferson. Current Function:
Residential. The applicant is requesting to replace their deteriorating wooden garage door with a similar-
looking steel door. Pictures of the current and proposed doors were provided.

A motion that the HDC approve the request to replace the garage door as presented, as long as all zoning
requirements are met and the necessary permits are obtained, was made by S. Kroes, supported by L.
Wood and approved, with S. Radtke, S. Kroes, A. Riegler, L. Spataro, L. Wood, and K. Panozzo voting
aye.

OTHER BUSINESS

None.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.




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