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HPC Agenda Packet 8.11.22 Thursday August 11, 2022 5:30 p.m. Emma Harvat Hall City Hall IOWA CITY HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION Thursday, August 11, 2022 City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street Emma J. Harvat Hall 5:30 p.m. Agenda A) Call to Order B) Roll Call C) Public discussion of anything not on the agenda D) Certificate of Appropriateness HPC22-0052: 411 South Summit Street – Summit Street Historic District (garage demolition and new garage construction) E) Report on Certificates issued by Chair and Staff Certificate of No Material Effect –Chair and Staff review 1. HPC20-0001: 921 East Burlington Street – Summit Street Historic District (brick repair to front porch) 2. HPC22-0051: 26 East Market Street (Old Brick) – Local Historic Landmark (internal gutter repair) Minor Review –Staff review 1. HPC22-0047: 713 Iowa Avenue - College Hill Conservation District (new rear step railing) 2. HPC22-0050: 111-113 East College Street – Local Historic Landmark (commercial sign installation) 3. HPC22-0034: 914 Dearborn Street – Dearborn Street Conservation District (rear sliding door) 4. HPC22-0053: 426 Church Street – Goosetown/Horace Mann Conservation District (synthetic siding removal and repair of original wood siding) Intermediate Review –Chair and Staff review HPC22-0046: 516 South Lucas Street – Governor-Lucas Street Conservation District (rear pergola) F) Consideration of Minutes for July 14, 2022 G) Commission Discussion 1. Historic Preservation Awards H) Adjournment If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this meeting, please contact Jessica Bristow, Urban Planning, at 319-356-5243 or at jessica-bristow@iowa-city.org. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs. Staff Report August 4, 2022 Historic Review for HPC22-0052: 411 South Summit Street District: Summit Street Historic District Classification: Contributing The applicants, Leslie and Rudd Nelson, are requesting approval for a proposed demolition and new construction project at 411 South Summit Street, a Contributing property in the Summit Street Historic District. The project consists of the demolition of the existing, deteriorated garage and the construction of a new two-car garage with attic storage above. Applicable Regulations and Guidelines: 4.0 Iowa City Historic Preservation Guidelines for Alterations 4.3 Doors 4.11 Siding 4.13 Windows 4.14 Wood 6.0 Guidelines for New Construction 6.2 New Outbuildings 7.0 Guidelines for Demolition 7.1 Demolition of Whole Structures or Significant Features 8.0 Neighborhood District Guidelines 8.1 Longfellow Neighborhood Staff Comments Originally constructed in c. 1900, this house features some of the typical characteristics of Free Classic Queen Anne houses. It features a pyramidal roof with cross gables, projecting bays, flared belt course and a Palladian window on the front gable. A full width porch, which wrapped around the south corner, was also part of the original scheme. The porch was removed some time after 1945. The existing garage is a combination of a small single-car garage and a two-car garage that was in place in this configuration by 1920. In 2007, the Commission approved the replacement of three non-historic windows and the addition of a new window in the kitchen. In 2019, roof shingle replacement was approved. The applicant is proposing to demolish the existing, deteriorated garage and construct a new two-car garage with attic storage. The new garage will be set 5 feet in from the alley setback and set in 3 feet from the side lot line per the zoning code. The garage will be a 26-foot by 26-foot garage with wood lap siding in a 3-inch to 5- inch lap. The garage will have typical wood trim including corner boards, flat casing around all windows and doors, and a frieze board at the top of the wall. The roof edge at eave and gable ends will project 1 foot and will have closed soffits. The garage will have rectangular windows, a passage door and two single-car wood overhead doors with a carriage house door design. The guidelines recommend retaining historic garages. Where it is not possible to save an existing garage, the guidelines recommend designing replacement garages to be compatible in design with the primary structure and/or other outbuildings in the neighborhood. New outbuildings should be constructed to the rear of the property and subordinate in size and ornamentation to the primary structure but should reflect the style of the primary structure. Carriage-style garage doors may be used if they are a style appropriate for the property. Windows should be relatively small and rectangular. In Staff’s opinion, the existing garage shows a high degree of deterioration. The tongue-and-groove siding is splitting and has gapped in many places. The roof and several of the roof framing members are collapsing. While the garage has been in place in this configuration since 1920, it is deteriorated to the degree that staff recommends approval of its demolition if the Commission can approve the replacement garage design. In Staff’s opinion, the proposed garage design is appropriate for the house. Staff has been working with the contractor on the information submitted for the project. In the most recent update, staff had several comments about changes that the contractor has replied are changes he can make. The staff comments were as follows: • The opening trim and corner boards as listed in the materials will only be 3 ½” wide which is too small. It should be a full 4 inches. • The lap siding is an 8-inch board. That could be used for a 4” reveal but there will be a great deal of waste. Plus an 11/16” butt end is too thick. We recommend a 6 inch board for a 4” lap. • The gable window is a 24” x 24” square. It should be rectangular. The 24” tall is appropriate but then it should be 18” wide. There should be a window or vent in each gable. • The 33” x 52” windows in the material list are just too large for a garage. The windows in the drawings are the largest we could approve for a garage. They are 24” x 42”. I recommend something still rectangular but that size or smaller. • The passage door would ideally be a half-light door, not a door without windows. Staff recommends approval of the project with the above changes implemented and with conditions. Recommended Motion Move to approve a Certificate of Appropriateness for the project at 411 South Summit Street as presented in the staff report with the following conditions:  Changes suggested by staff in the staff report are implemented,  All windows are rectangular, follow the guidelines, are appropriately sized, and are approved by staff,  The passage door is approved by staff. 411 South Summit Street 411 South Summit Street- existing garage- east side (notice roof) 411 South Summit- south end of existing garage 411 South Summit- west side of garage from alley 411 South Summit – interior of garage west wall and roof 411 South Summit- interior of garage looking south MINUTES PRELIMINARY HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION JULY 14, 2022 EMMA HARVAT HALL MEMBERS PRESENT: Kevin Boyd, Carl Brown, Kevin Larson, Noah Stork, Deanna Thomann, Nicole Villanueva, Frank Wagner, Christiana Welu- Reynolds MEMBERS ABSENT: Margaret Beck, Jordan Selllergren STAFF PRESENT: Jessica Bristow OTHERS PRESENT: Simon Andrew, G.T Karr RECOMMENDATIONS TO COUNCIL: (become effective only after separate Council action) CALL TO ORDER: Chairperson Boyd called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF ANYTHING NOT ON THE AGENDA: There was none SECTION 106 REVIEW Bristow explained the purpose of a Section 106 Review. It is the compliance part of the 1966 Preservation Act, protecting historic properties and resources on government projects when federal funds are used. The project under current review is an FCC project, which typically involves cellular equipment. There is a nation-wide agreement about this type of work. The agency needs to determine the scope of the potential effects. It could be just the building itself, or the impact could be on an entire district. Specific distances, etc. are written into the agreement for FCC projects. Bristow described the current project under review. The proposed plan calls for T-Mobile equipment mounted on City High School. City High School has been determined to be eligible for the National Register, so it is protected under Section 106. Bristow displayed the detailed drawings that were included in the packet. She also covered an historic resources report that was included. The T-Mobile report states the potential affected area is 1000 feet, but the national agreement calls for a half mile for equipment this high. Bristow displayed maps of the area showing that the antennae would not be visible from over 1000 feet or a half mile. She also stated that there would be no adverse effects to the high school building or the visual characteristics of any historic areas. She recommended that HPC remain a consulting partner on the project. MOTION: Brown moved to respond to the request for comment on the T-Mobile project on 1900 Morningside Drive as follows: The Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission requests to be considered a consulting party on the project. The Commission further requests the half mile APE prescribed by the programmatic agreement and that the Commission agrees with the determination that the project will have no adverse effect on historic structure or historic resources. Wagner seconded the motion. The motion carried on a vote of 8-0 (Beck and Sellergren absent). HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION July 14, 2022 Page 2 of 4 CERTIFICATE OF NO MATERIAL EFFECT: 1024 Woodlawn Avenue Repairing deteriorating wood, failing brick foundation, siding, roof membrane on flat roof. 1118 East Court Street The concrete stairs will be replaced. 619 North Linn Street The original railing was replaced years ago, but it deteriorated fairly quickly. The new contractor provided an excellent report on the cause and how to redo it. MINOR REVIEWS: 732 East Davenport Street This was originally work without a permit. They are now in discussions with staff about siding removal and repair. 814 Church Street Simple deck set in from the side walls of the house. 529 Brown Street Front door replacement of ill-fitting door. 530 South Governor Street Simple deck installation 728-730 Brown Street Changing four sets of sliding doors to French doors. 324 Fairchild Street Deck construction 845 Maggard Street Work was done without a permit. Railing will now be revised to follow the guidelines. INTERMEDIATE REVIEWS: 837 South 7th Avenue Duplex converted to single family dwelling. Replacing some exterior doors with windows and removing some steps. 701 East Davenport Street Work was being done without a permit. Removing Parapet wall to reveal historic house behind. CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES FOR JUNE 9, 2022: MOTION: Wagner moved to approve the minutes of the Historic Preservation Commission’s June 9, 2022, meeting, as written. Stork seconded the motion. The motion carried on a vote of 8-0 (Beck and Sellergren absent). HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION July 14, 2022 Page 3 of 4 COMMISSION DISCUSSION: 724 Ronalds Street: Boyd gave a short history of the property at 724 Ronalds Street. The city purchased this property several years ago. HPC reviewed its classification from contributing to non-contributing based on alterations. City staff determined that it needed to be demolished and notified HPC. The Iowa City Council is preparing to sell the lot. Simon Andrew, Director of The Housing Fellowship, addressed the Commission as the potential buyer. He provided an overview of the organization and the affordable housing project that is being considered for this lot. They will partner with IC School District and the Homebuilders’ Association to construct a student-built affordable rental home on the property. Boyd stated his disappointment with how city leaders approached the project, but he supports The Housing Fellowship’s vision. G.T. Karr, representing The Vocational Training Council, also spoke to the commission about their partnership on the project and his desire to work with HPC on plans. Bristow added that there will be a good neighbor meeting to discuss plans with the community. The planning is in the initial stage and Boyd expressed his hope that the final plan comes for approval with only minimal, and necessary, exceptions to the guidelines. He suggested that the City add this to the purchase agreement. New Commissioners: Boyd welcomed new commissioners, and everyone introduced themselves. Historic Preservation Awards: Bristow presented slides with award nominations. MOTION: Thomann moved to approve the awards as presented. Brown seconded the motion. The motion carried on a vote of 8-0 (Beck and Sellergren absent). Election of Officers: MOTION: Brown moved to approve Kevin Boyd as Chair for next year and Jordan Sellergrin as Vice Chair, unless she declines to serve in that capacity. Wagner seconded the motion. The motion carried on a vote of 8-0 (Beck and Sellergren absent). ADJOURNMENT: Villanueva moved to adjourn the meeting. Welu-Reynolds seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 pm. Minutes submitted by Kathy Fitzpatrick HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION July 14, 2022 Page 4 of 4 HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION ATTENDANCE RECORD 2022-2023 NAME TERM EXP. 8/12 9/09 10/14 11/18 12/9 01/13 2/15 3/10 4/14 5/12 6/9 7/14 BECK, MARGARET 6/30/24 X X X X X X X X -- X O/E O/E BOYD, KEVIN 6/30/23 X X X X X X O/E X X X X X BROWN, CARL 6/30/23 X X O/E O/E X O/E O/E X X O/E X X DEGRAW, SHARON 6/30/22 X X X X O/E X X X X X X -- KUENZLI, CECILE 6/30/22 O/E X X X X X O/E X X X X -- LARSON, KEVIN 6/30/24 O/E X O/E X X O X O -- X X X SELLERGREN, JORDAN 6/30/22 X X X O/E X X X X X X X O/E STORK, NOAH 6/30/24 X O/E X X X X X O/E X O/E X X THOMANN, DEANNA 6/30/23 X O/E X O/E O/E X X O/E X X O/E X VILLANUEVA, NICOLE 6/30/25 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- X WAGNER, FRANK 6/30/23 X X X X X X X X -- X X X WELU- REYNOLDS, CHRISTINA 6/30/25 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- X KEY: X = Present O = Absent O/E = Absent/Excused --- = Not a Member