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Historic Commission Regular Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, June 07, 2006



June 7, 2006


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


Historic Commissioners Present: Dale Shostrom, Keith Swink, Terry Skibby, Jay Leighton, Henry Baker, Rob Saladoff, Sam Whitford, Tom Giordano
Absent Members:  None

Council Liaison: Vacant

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





At 7:05 pm, Chairman Dale Shostrom called the regular meeting to order.





Mr. Whitford made a motion to approve the minutes and it was seconded by Mr. Swink. The motion passed unanimously by the commissioners present.


PUBLIC FORUM:  No speakers




Planning Action 2006-00875

520 Fairview Street

Conditional Use Permit and Variance

Stewart Ward


Chairman Shostrom read the description of the project and verified there were no conflict of interest issues. Most of the Commissioners had visited the site.  Mr. Skibby had contact with the applicant who shared some pictures with him.


Ms. Harris reviewed the application and said staff was recommending approval.  Mr. Giordano asked if neighboring houses were sited closer to the front property line.  Ms. Harris said yes, only lots zoned R-2 and R-3 were required to have the 20-foot front setback.


The applicant, Stewart Ward, 520 Fairview Street, passed around colored elevation drawings showing how the expanded porch would be more compatible with the neighboring houses.  Chairman Shostrom asked about the roof pitch on the porch. Mr. Saladoff was concerned about the mix of horizontal and vertical siding elements, the panels around the windows and the lack of railings around the porch to finish it off.  Mr. Ward said a railing would crowd the porch.


There being no further questions of the applicant and no one in the audience wanting to speak, the public meeting was closed.


Mr. Giordano made a motion to recommend approval with the following recommendations:


  • Resubmit plans showing revised design details to full Historic Commission prior to submittal of Building Permit.
  • Continuity of façade elevation detail should be carried around the building.
  • Move the right side of the porch two feet in from corner towards window.
  • Match porch roof pitch to house roof pitch and show slope ratio on the plans.
  • Recommend not mixing horizontal and vertical siding – Historic homes would not have a mix of periods and styles and materials.
  • Decorative side panels on windows historically incompatible – recommend simple moldings compatible to the ranch style home.
  • Explore use of a porch railing.
  • Recommend a concrete (colored & scored) porch.  Proposed stone on the base incompatible with a simple ranch house.
  • Details and materials for porch post wraps are not compatible with ranch style.


The motion was seconded by Mr. Swink and approved unanimously.





665 A Street

Pre-Application Review of Proposed Site Design

Jerry Kenefick


Mark Knox and Randy Robillard, representing the owner Jerry Kenefick, reviewed with the Historic Commission the changes that were made to the two-story mixed-use development per the Historic Commission’s suggestions at a previous meeting.  The Commissioner’s approved of most of the changes with the following suggestions:


  • East elevation next  to courtyard is shortchanged - a little underdeveloped, texture and materials are lacking
  • Accent residential entrance on east elevation
  • Windows in the two outside bays on A St. elevation - 1st & 2nd floor windows are the same, but it needs a hierarchy.  2nd floor windows look too commercial, ground floor needs to have more emphasis.
  • Main residential entrance on the east side needs pedestrian path connecting it to the public sidewalk on A St.
  • Use stucco on 2nd floor and eliminate horizontal siding
  • Consider darker value for exterior column value
  • Windows on the west side area all different - standardize
  • Carry transom across windows on the south elevation entrance
  • Identify utility locations and design/screening detail showing meters on the alley side of building
  • Bring color rendering
  • Bring detail on exterior light fixtures



160 Helman Street

Pre-Application Review of Proposed Site Design

Siskiyou LLC


Mark Knox and Mark McKecknie, and the owner James Batzer, reviewed with the Historic Commission the changes that were made to the three-story mixed-use development comprised of 7,841 square feet of general office and six residential condominiums.  The Historic Commission had reviewed the initial design at a previous meeting and had made suggestions to make it more compatible with the neighborhood.  The Commissioner’s the changes and made the following suggestions:


  • Detail and articulation is great.  Concerned about how compatible a 120-foot long building is with the surrounding area.  How big will it really look?
  • Bring plan view and streetscape view including project and surrounding area (to north and south and across the street).
  • Call out eave and peak heights on Helman elevation
  • This side of street has historically been industrial buildings
  • There are a lot of small architectural elements that are not connected. The playfulness of the design is good but maybe it has been taken a bit too far.  For example, there is no dominant material type and there are a variety of roof types.  It needs continuity.
  • There are 3 distinct building sections from back, but not from front. Would like to see those distinctions in the Helman Street elevation.
  • The eave line on the Helman Street elevation on such a big building is too monotonous. It needs to be varied.
  • Would like to see a perspective drawing of buildings from the pedestrian's vantage point at street level.
  • Provide larger scale plans - 1/4"
  • Call out dimensions on elevations and site plans.





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


June 8th

Terry, Keith, Jay

June 15th

Terry, Tom, Sam

June 22nd  

Terry, Jay, Tom

June 29th

Terry, Henry, Dale

July 6th

Terry, Rob, Keith



B.  Project Assignments for Planning Actions – Chairman Shostrom asked that 96 North Main, the Shasta Building, be added to the list (No one was assigned).   Mr. Swink stated that 249 Hillcrest had finalled and should be removed.  Mr. Giordano and Mr. Baker offered to take over Mr. Crutcher’s project, 145 East Main Street.  Chairman Shostrom commented that he thought the DeBoer project on Granite Street was not being built as approved, particularly the brick columns and the stucco.


PA #2000-120

485 “A” Street (Steve Hoxmeier)


PA #2004-026

81 Central Avenue (Wes & Lucinda Vail)


PA #2004-102

832 “A” Street (Ilene Rubenstein)


PA #2004-110

150 Church St (Robert M. Saladoff)


PA #2004-138

234 Vista St (Sid & Karen DeBoer)


PA #2004-154

180 Lithia Way (Archerd & Dresner)



685 A Street (William Reeves)



70 Water Street (Ashland Creek Holdings, LLC)



820 “C” Street (Randy & Helen Ellison)



11 First Street (Ron Yamaoka)



145 East Main St (Urban Development Services/SERA Arch)



125 Sherman Street (Russ Dale)



247 Third Street (Marc Valens & Anne Golden)



96 North Main Street (Shasta Building)

Not Assigned


160 Nob Hill (ARU-Dan Heller & Don Sever)



175 North Main (First Methodist Church Remodel)



520 Fairview Street (Stewart Ward-Porch)

Not Assigned




C.     National Historic Preservation Week – May 21-27, 2006-Follow-up   The Commissioners discussed the outcome of the event.  Mr. Skibby had 27 people show up for his tour.  Mr. Saladoff had five.  The archeological display was very well received.  There were some problems getting the Cemetery Mausoleum opened for tours.  Ms. Boswell will more closely monitor that event next year.  Mr. Swink reported that they had only four guests show up for the screening of the movie “Blue Vinyl”.


D.     City Design Review Process Memo to City Council – No Report


E.     “Design Criteria – 247 Third Street” Memo to Planning Commission – No Report


F.      Lithia Springs National Register Nomination – No Report


G.     Multiple Properties Submission for National Register of Historic Places – Ms. Harris reported that no one showed up for the Reconnaissance meeting.  A presentation will be made to the Planning Commission Study Session.


H.     Single Family Residential Design Standards – No Report


I.         Co-Sponsorship with Conservation Commission for Fall Workshop – No Report







A.      Lithia Fountain RFP – Ms. Harris reported that two applications were received.  Review of the applicants would be on June 15, 2006.  A decision had been made to have the staff liaison (Ms. Harris) represent the Historic Commission to avoid any potential conflict of interest issues.


B.     Ms. Leighton advised the Historic Commission that a community meeting would be held at the A Street Market to review the revised plans for 247 Otis Street, Helman Baths site.  The proposal would include retaining a large lot to encompass most of the significant buildings such as the home and the spring house.


C.     Ms. Leighton said the dedication of the new art sculpture was scheduled for June 12, 2006.





The next Historic Commission meeting will be on July 5, 2006 at 7:00 pm in the Siskiyou Room.




With a motion by Ms. Leighton and a second by Mr. Saladoff, it was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 p.m.

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