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Agendas and Minutes

Historic Commission (View All)

Regular Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, January 05, 2005



January 5, 2005


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


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

Council Liaison: John Morrison, Jack Hardesty
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.  John Morrison introduced Jack Hardesty as the new Council liaison for the Historic Commission.




Whitford moved to approve the December 8, 2004 minutes as revised. With a second by Swink, the motion was approved with all voting aye.




Planning Action 2004-160

Site Review

Applicant: William F. Reeves

685 A Street


Mr. Giordano asked to be recused from the hearing due to a conflict of interest. 


Ms. Harris explained the request is for the construction of a 6,618 square foot, two-story, mixed-use building to be built on a vacant lot located on the northeast corner of A Street and 6th Street with an alley and railroad right-of-way on the north side.  The ground floor will be general office space, a residential entry and a two-car garage. The second floor is a two-bedroom residential unit.


The owners, Bill Reeves and Rebecca Ostrom described the design of the building as similar to the Davis Cline Building also on A Street.  The exterior will have a mix of brick veneer, stucco, wood, and Hardiplank siding. White vinyl windows with Craftsman style wood trim are planned.  The exterior colors will be maroon and varying shades of gray, combined with “Old Chicago” style brick.  The entrances are recessed with an awning planned for the main entrance.  Mr. Reeves said they were investigating installing solar panels on the roof that would be screened by the parapet.


There being no comments from the audience, the public meeting was closed.


The Commission discussed the design features including that of the windows and window trim, the Hardiplank siding, the cornice details and the solar panels.  Recommendations were:

1.      Using a smooth surfaced Hardiplank siding

2.      Suggest using wood windows or, if staying with vinyl, using a darker exterior color instead of white

3.      Providing specific details of materials, thickness and dimensions of window trim, cornices, and belly-band

4.      Providing section of windows, base and cornice

5.      Making sure solar panels are below parapet or line of sight

6.      Presentation of the additional information at the January 13, 2004 Historic Hearings Board.


Ms. Leighton moved to approve the design subject to the above recommendations being presented to and approved by the January 13th Hearings Board.  Mr. Whitford seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.





275-281 East Main Street

Al & Laura Laney, Owners

Steven Dewey, Contractor


Ms. Harris explained that this project was for a 1600 square foot addition and remodel of the existing 3,785 square foot commercial building housing Ashland Drug on the first floor and six apartments on the second floor.

The original site review for the project was submitted to the City four years ago but was put on hold by the owners when they failed to received approval from the State’s Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for the Special Assessment Program due to the extent of the interior modifications proposed.  The owners have since decided to continue without applying for this program.


Because the application is a Staff Review and the addition is less than 2500 square feet, the project would not be required to come before the Historic Commission.  But, due to the historical significance of the building, staff has recommended the applicants have their plan reviewed by the Commission for comment.


Ms. Laney and Mr. Dewey reviewed plans showing no alterations to the front and sides of the building except for a new ADA compliant front door into Ashland Drug and a new enclosed front door entry and awning to the second floor residential unit. The second floor windows would be replaced with wood windows of the same design. The existing planter boxes would be removed. The six apartments on the second floor would be converted to one single-family unit.  The 1600 square foot addition would be at the rear of the building and would include a garage, stairwell and elevator on the first floor and a stairwell, elevator and deck on the second floor.


Ms. Leighton and Mr. Krach expressed concern that the City would lose six affordable housing units of historical significance. 


After discussion, the Historic Commission recommended that the front entry to the second floor be recessed three feet to conform to the period design.  On the rear of the building, they suggested a stucco wall on the East elevation instead of the CMU wall proposed and that the deck railing be designed as a parapet wall to match the parapet over the garage and retain the commercial look of the building. 


The Commission also requested the opportunity to photograph the interior of the second floor prior to demolition to provide a historical record.


The Historic Commission asked for Staff to require the project to be submitted for approval of the Commission at the February meeting.  Ms. Harris agreed.





The Commissioners discussed the need for the Historic Commission to have the opportunity to review all Commercial remodels in the Historic Districts.  They agreed to discuss the issue further at the next meeting.





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:


January 6th

Skibby, Swink, Saladoff

January 13th

Skibby, Shostrom, Swink, Leighton

January 20th

Skibby, Giordano, Baker

January 27th

Skibby, Whitford, Saladoff

February 3rd

Skibby, Krach, Leighton, 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



685 A Street





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


D.  Lithia Springs National Register Nomination – At the request of the Commissioners, Ms. Harris                     agreed to contact the Parks Department to check on the lease status and to ask that they communicate with the Historic Commission regarding any building projects involving City properties of historical significance.


E.  Multiple Listing Survey for National Register of Historic Places  - Need to begin to design survey.  Maria will contact SHPO to start the administrative work needed to apply for the CLG grant. Mr. Baker recommended that an archeological survey be included in the information for a nomination.


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





National Historic Preservation Week, May 8-14, 2005 – Samples of the proposed banner and nomination forms were approved with a few minor changes or corrections.  The awards presentation date was set for May 13, 2005.  Staff was asked to supply the Commission with a listing of all issued building permits in the Historic Districts for 2004.





The next Historic Commission meeting will be on February 2, 2005 at 7:00 pm in the Siskiyou Room.




With a motion by Skibby and second by Leighton, it was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 9:40 p.m.

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