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HDC_01 08 1998LITTLE ROCK HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION 8 JANUARY 1998 MINUTES Commissioners Present: John Bush Howard H. Gordon John Greer Charles Marratt Julie Wiedower Staff Present: V.Anne Guthrie Tim Polk Anthony Black The meeting of the Little Rock Historic District Commission (LRHDC) was called to order and roll was taken. As there was a quorum, the minutes from the 5 December 1997 meeting were approved as submitted. The first Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application to be discussed was: Applicant: Steven Bullock Address: 400 East 15th Street Request: Install storm windows and doors and construct a picket fence along the property's perimeter Prior to the discussion, Commissioner Charles Marratt recused himself. Bullock briefly described the proposed project request. There were a few questions regarding the type of fence, its installation and the type of storm windows. The applicant and staff described the fence and the attached drawings and photos that accompanied the application; also the applicant stated that architect John Jarrard referred him to the contractor for the storm windows. After a brief discussion, Julie Wiedower made a motion that the COA application be approved as submitted. A vote was taken and the motion was approved unanimously. The next item of business was the second COA application: Applicant: Mary B. Simmons Address: 914 Scott Street Request: Reconstruct the front porch's original handrail and balustrade As the applicant could not attend the meeting, her representative, Steve Adams, presented the application. The proposed handrail and balustrade will duplicate that which is depicted in the historical photograph that the LRHDC received in their packets. There were a few questions and general discussion about the railing project, one was whether the balustrade on both the first and second levels would be duplicated. It is the Little Rock Historic District Commission 8 January 1998 Minutes, Page 2 owner's intention to duplicated railing details on both levels. After a brief discussion, Marratt made a motion to approve the COA application as submitted. A vote was taken and the motion was approved unanimously. New business was then reviewed. The 1998 LRHDC meeting schedule was approved as submitted. Wiedower made a suggestion that the Capitol Zoning District Commission's (CZDC) staff recommendation be utilized in terms of its format and the design perspective for staff analysis of projects. Other business raised by Wiedower was 1410 Rock, whose COA application was approved by the LRHDC last summer. There were questions as to what was approved for the windows and wooden siding; Guthrie stated that the meeting's minutes would be faxed to the LRHDC for their review. Staff will meet with the property owner in an effort to find out how the project is progressing and to clear up the window and siding issues; in the meantime, the LRHDC will inspect the structure and report back to staff. An update of the 1997 -1998 Certified Local Government (CLG) grants was discussed. The two CLG funded projects are: the final stage of the Capitol View project (nomination preparation and presentation) and a multiple resource nomination for Center City. Both projects were advertised in December and the deadline was 5 January. Two resumes were submitted for Center City and one resume for Capitol View; staff will review the resumes and make a decision prior to the next meeting. The LRHDC was given a status update on the YMCA's request for proposals and the Curran Hall rehabilitation project. The city signed a $40,000 contract with Witsell Evans & Rasco for research, testing, stabilization and rehabilitation of the historic structure. Also raised, as a follow-up of the December meeting, was the issue of the overlapping four blocks of the MacArthur Park Historic District and the CZD. The viability of altering the boundaries of either district was discussed and whether by doing so it would minimize possible confusion due to two commissions overseeing the same area. It was decided that the status of the existing boundaries and the infrequent requests for projects within the area were not sufficient grounds to amend the boundaries, necessitating several public hearings. As there was no other business, a motion was made and a vote was taken; the LRHDC meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.