Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Agenda

EIGHT HUNDRED AND FOURTY FOURTH MEETING

TUESDAY – DECEMBER 21– 6:00 P.M. - REGULAR

AGENDA

 

*This meeting will be conducted virtually through Zoom due to COVID-19*

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to be heard at this meeting, please sign the speaker list provided on the City of Laurel Website or contact staff.

 

The public wishing to attend this meeting is to register for the Zoom information at https://www.cityoflaurel.org/clerk/meetings by 3:00 p.m. the day of the meeting.

 

  1. Roll Call.

 

  1. Approval of the Minutes for the Regular HDC meeting held on November 16, 2021.

 

  1. HDC-042-2022 for 25 Post Office Avenue submitted by Richard Wang, the applicant is seeking approval to paint foundation smokey pewter gray, paint brick chimney smokey pewter gray, paint side porch railings white, replace roof on garage with charcoal color (will be exact same as house), install new white siding on existing garage (will be exact same as house), replace gutters and downspouts on garage (will be exact same as house), install new garage door, replace front door with different style than what was approved at November hearing, install new drive way to left of house, install new driveway to garage and replace new front walkway by replacing the brick and cement blocks with a solid concrete pad.

 

  1. HDC-049-2022 for 23 Post Office Avenue submitted by Richard Wang, the applicant is seeking approval to 1) paint exterior walls and lower foundation: The Smokey Pewter Gray color. The sides of the brick walls include the front, left, and right sides. 2) Painting of fence: applicant proposes to paint in a white color. The existing fence will remain in place, and the applicant intends to replace boards as needed. 3) Painting of right-side railing and rear porch: applicant proposes to paint the existing right-side stair railing in a white color. Applicant also proposes to paint the rear stairs in a white color. The stairs were previously unpainted. 4) Alteration of front doorsteps: Applicant proposes to change the layout of the front doorsteps from having one step to having two steps. Applicant also proposes to change the material of the steps from brick/concrete to just concrete as well as changing the landing from a round landing to a square landing.

 

  1. HDC-039-2022 for 338 Main Street submitted by Randolph Williams, applicant is seeking retroactive approval to install a window sign at the Caribe Express restaurant The installed sign is a window decal measuring 18’’ X 57’’, with the text “CARIBEXPRESS” and “CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT” in green, white, and yellow color. The business’s phone number is also displayed in white text color.

 

  1. HDC-040-2022 for 677 Main Street submitted by Brian Jefferson, is requesting The Applicant is seeking approval to install a window sign in front of building, Size: 24.11 square feet, Color: White background in the day / and invisible at night, Material: Perforated Vinyl covering, Message: “Dine-In + Carryout + Catering + Phone Number”

 

  1. HDC-043-2022 for 319 Laurel Avenue submitted by Caitlin Phillips, applicant is seeking Historic District Commission (HDC) approval to replace an existing concrete driveway. Existing driveway measurements: 10’ X 20’4’’ X 80’6’’. Proposed driveway measurements: 10’ X 20’ X 73’10’’. The applicant states that the current driveway is cracked and broken up and intends to replace it with a permeable grid that is filled with dirt and grass. Furthermore, the Applicant intends to use the removed pieces of broken concrete (urbanite) to edge the raised garden beds along the front of the property.

 

  1. HDC-045-2022 for 203 Stanley Place submitted by Lisa Smith, approval to replace the existing dirt/gravel driveway with a concrete driveway on the right side of the property. The driveway will measure 18’ X 20’, replacing the existing worn gravel driveway at the existing apron cut.

 

Staff Approvals

 

HDC-041-2022 for 390 Main Street submitted by Teel Construction on behalf of PNC Bank, stop work order issued. Applicant is requesting to repaint the building with in-kind white color, no change.

 

HDC-044-2022 for 505A Montgomery Street submitted by Courtney Hewitt, requesting to replace front screen door and trimming/molding. New material will be white vinyl screen and white wood for trim. All in-kind work.

 

HDC-046-2022 for 614 Prince George Street submitted by Christopher Means, code enforcement issued a stop work order for roof work. Homeowner stated it was leaking and causing damage. Photos were received. Current roof is brown 3-tab, new roof will be gray architectural, however, it will match the existing roofing on the front porch which is also gray architectural.

 

HDC-047-2022 for 604 Main Street submitted by Patricia Waters, the applicant requesting to replace all shutters with in-kind style, material and color which is louver style in Wedgewood blue on vinyl.

 

HDC-048-2022 for 23 Post Office Avenue submitted by Richard Wang, this was previously approved by HDC to replace walkway with flagstone however now applicant is requesting to replace walkway with in-kind concrete. Not changing style, material, or size of existing. All in-kind work.

 

Other Business:

 

      Art in Public Places

 

Adjourn

Minutes

MINUTES

EIGHT HUNDRED AND FOURTY FOURTH MEETING

TUESDAY – DECEMBER 21, 2021 – REGULAR – 6:00 P.M.

 

*This meeting was conducted virtually through Zoom due to COVID-19*

 

Convened: 6:00 P.M.                                       Adjourned 6:40 P.M.

 

Commissioners Present:                                 Staff Present:

                                                           

Margie McCeney, Vice-Chair                           Kenya Barno, City Council Office

Councilmember James Kole                             Monta Burrough, Planner II, ECD                                   

Karen Lubieniecki                                            Robert Love, Director, ECD

Marlene Frazier                                                Darnell Butler, Communications Department

Gregory Sweitzer                                             

                                                                                                                                                           

Commissioners Absent: Two (2)

Citizens Present:  Approximately four (4)

 

Vice Chair McCeney called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m., and read the Opening Statement.

 

 Mr. Love welcomed new Historic District Commission member, Councilmember James Kole.

 

Vice Chair McCeney asked for a roll call. Five (5) commissioners answered present, constituting a quorum.

 

Vice Chair McCeney asked if there were any corrections to the Minutes from the Regular HDC meeting held on November 16, 2021. There was (1) one correction made from Ms. McCeney; she only recused herself once for item at 400 Main Street.   

On a motion by Ms. Lubieniecki seconded by Mr. Sweitzer, the minutes were approved on (3) three affirmative votes, with Councilmember Kole and Ms. Fraizer abstaining from the vote.

 

HDC-042-2022 for 25 Post Office Avenue submitted by Richard Wang, the applicant is seeking approval to paint foundation smokey pewter gray, paint brick chimney smokey pewter gray, paint side porch railings white, replace roof on garage with charcoal color (will be exact same as house), install new white siding on existing garage (will be exact same as house), replace gutters and downspouts on garage (will be exact same as house), install new garage door, replace front door with different style than what was approved at November hearing, install new drive way to left of house, install new driveway to garage and replace new front walkway by replacing the brick and cement blocks with a solid concrete pad.

The applicant was present. There was discussion among the Commission and the application regarding the request to paint the chimney. The Commission reminded the applicant painting brick is discouraged in the Historic District which is mentioned in the Guidelines. Also, the Commission clarified with the applicant the request is to pave (2) two driveways; one closer to the house and the other where the curb is already cut towards the left of the property heading towards the shed.

On a motion by Mr. Sweitzer, seconded by Ms. Lubieniecki, the application was approved on (5) five affirmative votes with the amendment the chimney will not be painted, only power washed and the (2) two driveways; including the 23 ft driveway.

 

HDC-049-2022 for 23 Post Office Avenue submitted by Richard Wang, the applicant is seeking approval to 1) paint exterior walls and lower foundation: The Smokey Pewter Gray color. The sides of the brick walls include the front, left, and right sides. 2) Painting of fence: applicant proposes to paint in a white color. The existing fence will remain in place, and the applicant intends to replace boards as needed. 3) Painting of right-side railing and rear porch: applicant proposes to paint the existing right-side stair railing in a white color. Applicant also proposes to paint the rear stairs in a white color. The stairs were previously unpainted. 4) Alteration of front doorsteps: Applicant proposes to change the layout of the front doorsteps from having one step to having two steps. Applicant also proposes to change the material of the steps from brick/concrete to just concrete as well as changing the landing from a round landing to a square landing.

The applicant was present.

On a motion by Ms. Lubieniecki, seconded by Councilmember Kole, the application was approved on (5) five affirmative votes.

 

HDC-039-2022 for 338 Main Street submitted by Randolph Williams, applicant is seeking retroactive approval to install a window sign at the Caribe Express restaurant The installed sign is a window decal measuring 18’’ X 57’’, with the text “CARIBEXPRESS” and “CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT” in green, white, and yellow color. The business’s phone number is also displayed in white text color.

The applicant was not present.

On a motion by Mr. Sweitzer, seconded by Ms. Lubieniecki, the application was approved on (5) five affirmative votes.

 

HDC-040-2022 for 677 Main Street submitted by Brian Jefferson, is requesting The Applicant is seeking approval to install a window sign in front of building, Size: 24.11 square feet, Color: White background in the day / and invisible at night, Material: Perforated Vinyl covering, Message: “Dine-In + Carryout + Catering + Phone Number”.

The applicant was present.

On a motion by Ms. Frazier seconded by Mr. Lubieniecki, the application was approved on (5) five affirmative votes.

 

HDC-043-2022 for 319 Laurel Avenue submitted by Caitlin Phillips, applicant is seeking Historic District Commission (HDC) approval to replace an existing concrete driveway. Existing driveway measurements: 10’ X 20’4’’ X 80’6’’. Proposed driveway measurements: 10’ X 20’ X 73’10’’. The applicant states that the current driveway is cracked and broken up and intends to replace it with a permeable grid that is filled with dirt and grass. Furthermore, the Applicant intends to use the removed pieces of broken concrete (urbanite) to edge the raised garden beds along the front of the property.

            The applicant was present. The Commission commented that it was nice to see a permeable driveway come before them and thanked the applicant for doing so.

On a motion by Ms. Lubieniecki, seconded by Ms. Frazier, the application was approved on (5) five affirmative votes.

 

HDC-045-2022 for 203 Stanley Place submitted by Lisa Smith, approval to replace the existing dirt/gravel driveway with a concrete driveway on the right side of the property. The driveway will measure 18’ X 20’, replacing the existing worn gravel driveway at the existing apron cut.

The applicant was not present.

On a motion by Councilmember Kole, seconded by Ms. Lubieniecki, the application was approved on (5) five affirmative votes.

 

Staff Approvals

 

HDC-041-2022 for 390 Main Street submitted by Teel Construction on behalf of PNC Bank, stop work order issued. Applicant is requesting to repaint the building with in-kind white color, no change.

 

HDC-044-2022 for 505A Montgomery Street submitted by Courtney Hewitt, requesting to replace front screen door and trimming/molding. New material will be white vinyl screen and white wood for trim. All in-kind work.

 

HDC-046-2022 for 614 Prince George Street submitted by Christopher Means, code enforcement issued a stop work order for roof work. Homeowner stated it was leaking and causing damage. Photos were received. Current roof is brown 3-tab, new roof will be gray architectural, however, it will match the existing roofing on the front porch which is also gray architectural.

 

HDC-047-2022 for 604 Main Street submitted by Patricia Waters, the applicant requesting to replace all shutters with in-kind style, material and color which is louver style in Wedgewood blue on vinyl.

 

HDC-048-2022 for 23 Post Office Avenue submitted by Richard Wang, this was previously approved by HDC to replace walkway with flagstone however now applicant is requesting to replace walkway with in-kind concrete. Not changing style, material, or size of existing. All in-kind work.

 

Other Business: Art in Public Places

 

Mr. Love mentioned the legislation that is going before Mayor & City Council regarding Public Art. The program is processed through the City of Laurel Arts Council. Staff will keep the Historic District Commission up to date on these projects, just as they have in years past, furthermore, the Historic District Commission will not have any vote on the actual art itself as that is the Art Council’s purpose. The Historic District Commission stated they do not agree and why talk about it if they have no say in the matter. The Commission requested a change to the legislation. Councilmember Kole suggested they attend the Mayor and City Council hearing.

 

Additionally, Mr. Love stated the City of Laurel has received more grant money for the Main Street Improvement Program and the Department of Economic and Community Development will process those applications as they have in the past year. These grants are funded by the State of Maryland; therefore, no Historic District Commission approval is required, however, the Commission will be notified of the approved applications and their detailed work descriptions.

 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:11 p.m.

 

Minutes Approved:  Brooke Quillen                     Date:  1/18/2022

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