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Agendas and Minutes

Historic Commission (View All)

Regular Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, December 08, 2004




December 8, 2004


Community Development/Engineering Services Building – 51 Winburn Way – Siskiyou Room


Historic Commissioners Present: Dale Shostrom, Keith Swink, Sam Whitford, Alex Krach, Rob Saladoff, Terry Skibby, Jay Leighton and Henry Baker
Absent Members: Tom Giordano

Council Liaison: John Morrison
High School Liaison: None Appointed
SOU Liaison: None Appointed
Staff Present: Maria Harris, Senior Planner; Billie Boswell, Administration





At 7:05 p.m., Chairman Dale Shostrom called the meeting to order. 




Leighton moved to approve the November 3, 2004 minutes as revised. With a second by Saladoff, the motion was approved with all voting aye.




George Kramer spoke to the Historic Commission about options for surveying and submitting a Multiple Properties Submission on the National Register for Historic Places. A multiple properties submission is a National Register listing which have non-geographically coherent resources of common association.  These properties must have specific standards with common historical criteria.  For example, “Oregon Covered Bridges”, “19th Century Residential Architecture & Environs”, or “Pre-World War II/Pre-1949 Construction”.   In order to identify what is actually out there, Kramer suggested doing a “windshield” or “drive-by” inventory initially to identify commonality between the subject properties.  Then once shared criteria are identified, more intensive historical survey can be done on the selected individual homes to create a narrative for submittal.  Mr. Kramer explained that in this type of submission, owner consent is required to register the property.  The City would also need to decide if the identified properties would be subject to Historic Design criteria when submitting building permits.  Another option is to survey the homes abutting existing Historical Districts to learn if the current boundaries should be expanded.  These would require owner consent of 50% plus 1.  He explained that Certified Local Government (GLG) monies are available in the form of grants from the Federal government and dispersed by SHPO.


Leighton moved to have staff move forward with the process to begin the process for beginning the inventory process to do the surveys.  The motion was seconded by Skibby and passed unanimously.




Planning Action 2004-150

Conditional Use Permit and Site Review

Applicant: Unitarian Universal Fellowship Church

87 Fourth Street


Most members had site visits but no ex-parte contact.  There were no conflict of interest issues.


The request is for a Conditional Use Permit to modify a non-conforming site involving the construction of an approximately 3,837 square foot addition to the existing Unitarian Church building.  The addition will accommodate a social hall, commercial kitchen, restrooms and storage/maintenance space.  The site is considered non-conforming because the existing amount of off-street parking is less than that required by ordinance.


Staff described the existing site and improvements.  The proposal would include the building addition, a new sidewalk with planting strip on C Street, paving the alley and 2 parking spaces, and all associated landscaping. 


Bill Emerson of Emerson Design, 90 5th St, showed the Commission the proposed streetscape and a model of the design.  The addition is designed to give a more residential look than the 1961 modernistic design of the existing church building to blend better with the residential neighborhood.  The Commission discussed the design features of the proposed windows, the entry, the roof design, siding and trim material and color choices.  There was also discussion of the proposed removal of the steeple. 


Shostrom moved to approve the addition design with the stipulation that the original1961 building details including windows, window types, trims, trim types, stucco texture, eaves, roofing, and base detail remain the same.  The steeple is approved for removal.  Leighton seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.



Planning Action 2004-154

Applicant:  Archerd & Dresner

180 Lithia Way


The request is for Site Review approval to construct a 6,166 square foot, three-story mixed-use building.  This building is the Jasmine Building, Phase II.


Staff explained that the Phase I building of this project was recently completed.  The current proposal is for a second building separated from the first building and would provide retail space on the ground level and 3 residential units on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  This building would not extend to the sidewalk as required in the Downtown Design standards, however, a public plaza space in the front of the building and a pedestrian walkway to the west of the building would mitigate this requirement since the standards specifically mention plazas and walkways as a basis for an exception.  The walkway is intended to provide mid-block access between Lithia Way and East Main. 


Evan Archerd of Archerd & Dresner presented the details of the Phase II building showing how the new building is compatible but different than the first building.  Details of the plaza and the pedestrian walkway were shown to complement the proposed mid-block walkway and the pedestrian corridor planned for the development across the street.


There being no one in the audience wishing to speak, the public hearing was closed.


Saladoff questioned whether or not the balcony shown met the Downtown Design Standards.  Because the balcony is set nearly 24 feet from the street, behind several trees and oriented toward the park, the applicant felt it really wasn’t part of the streetscape.


Skibby made a motion to approve the application with a second by Swink.  It was approved unanimously.






“A” Street Market Place


It was noted that there were no representatives present for the “A” Street Market Place discussion regarding painting the exterior.  The Commission said they would not approve painting the exterior.  However, a clear, non-glossy sealant could be used to seal and protect the concrete.


165 Lithia Way


Evan Archerd and George Kramer presented four different looks for the two proposed buildings along Lithia Way and requested feedback from the Commission as a follow up to the comments received after the November presentation.  Two design and trim options were proposed for the first building, incorporating a brick façade similar to other 19th-century buildings in Ashland.  Four options were proposed for the second building showing various historical design periods.  The Historic Commission preferred the vertical, brick façade as shown in Option A and the horizontal, Moderne example shown in Option D.




Staff discussed the National Historic Preservation Month in May, 2005.  The Commission decided to continue Ashland’s celebration in the 2nd week of May only.




A. Review Board  Following is the January schedule for the Review Board, which meets every Thursday from 3:00 to at least 3:30 p.m. in the Planning Department:


December 9th

Skibby, Swink, Baker

December 16th

Skibby, Baker, Shostrom

December 23rd

Skibby, Leighton, Krach

December 30th

Skibby, Whitford, Krach

January 6th

Skibby, Swink, Saladoff



B.  Project Assignments for Planning Actions


PA #2000-120

485 “A” Street (Steve Hoxmeier)


PA #2002-100

142 East Main Street (Earthly Goods)


PA #2004-017

364 Hargadine Street (Ken Kolar)


PA #2004-026

81 Central Avenue (Wes & Lucinda Vail)


PA #2004-018

322 Pioneer Street (Al & Sandra Carlson)


PA #2004-043

246 Catalina Drive (Dr. William Rodden)


PA #2004-100

80 Wimer (Tom & Kathy Petersen)


PA #2004-102

832 “A” Street (Ilene Rubenstein)


PA #2004-110

150 Church St (Robert M. Saladoff)


PA #2004-115

724 Iowa St (Dave and Jamie Kaufman)


PA #2004-138

234 Vista St (Sid & Karen DeBoer)


PA #2004-150

87 Fourth St (Unitarian Universal Fellowship Church


PA #2004-154

180 Lithia Wy





C.  Co-Sponsorship with Conservation Commission for Fall Workshop – Waiting to hear from Joanne Krippahne.


D.  Lithia Springs National Register Nomination – Maria Harris contacted SHPO and is still waiting to hear back from Roger Roper about the historical significance of the Gun Club retaining their use.


E.  Memo to Council Regarding Authorization for Multiple Listing Survey for National Register of Historic Places  - Begin designing survey


G. Single Family Residential Design Standards – Formation of a sub-committee led by Giordano




Historic Commission Recommendations for City Council Goal Setting for 2005-2006:

1.      Multiple Listing Survey to identify properties that should be on the National Register for Historic Places

2.      Continue efforts for the protection of Lithia Springs as a historic resource                                                    





The next Historic Commission meeting will be on January 5, 2005 at 7:00 pm in the Siskiyou Room.




With a motion by Shostrom and second by Leighton, it was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 11:00 p.m.

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