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HDC_01 06 2005City of Little Rock Department of Planning and Development Historic 723 West Markham Street District Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-1334 Phone: (501) 371-4790 Fax: (501) 399-3435 Commission LITTLE ROCK HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION MINUTE RECORD Thursday, January 6, 2005, 5:00 p.m. I. Roll Call and Finding of a Quorum A Quorum was present being three (3) in number II. Members Present: Carolyn Newbern Wesley Walls Terrence Bolden Members Absent: Marshall Peters Wyatt Weems City Attorney: Deborah Weldon Staff Present: Andre Bernard Charles Bloom Tony Bozynski Walter Malone III. Old Business Item 1: 420 East Ninth Street Charles Bloom, Historic Preservation Staff, introduced this item to the Commission. It was noted that the property has recently under gone interior renovations. During the renovations three air conditioners were installed in three separate windows of the building. Mr. Bloom noted that a COA is required for installation of any installation of air conditioning unit within the historic district. Mr. Bloom noted that Brian Gray who was representing PDIC Investments, LLC signed an Affidavit dated December 28, 2004 promising removal of the units within seven days. On January 8, 2005 two of the three units were not removed and was in violation of the MacArthur Park bylaws. Carol Zoeller of 500 East Ninth Street and Angela Murray of 421 East Ninth Street voiced their opinion on the property and its proposed use. Andre Bernard, Director of housing was present and clarified the number of units on the property. Commissioner Newbern informed the forum of absent Commissioner Peters' questions of the air conditioners on the property. Mr. Bozynski and Mr. Bernard noted that the home was previously declared unsafe and was not to code, but now has passed all inspections. A brief discussion prompted by Mrs. Zoeller noted concern of painted plywood that is now covering the area where one air conditioning unit was removed. Commissioner Walls noted that addition of plywood to a window would require a COA. City Attorney Deborah Weldon reminded the Commission that they only had authority regarding the COA process, not the use of the property. The Commission acknowledged the concerns and urges the city departments to be as vigilant as they can regarding code compliance and safety of the property. Item II: Design Review Guidelines Review Commissioner Walls updated the fellow commissioners of progress made on pictures being taken of properties within MacArthur Park for the new Design Review Guidelines Book. Commissioner Newbern noted the structure of the book and suggested an addition in regards to the artificial siding policy. Also the Commission and Staff have noted that they preferred that a COA is required if it is seen from the street, not the alley. The Commission and Staff noted that alleys are not considered streets. Also reminded was that "public right-of-way" indicates all streets and alleys. City Attorney Deborah Weldon noted that the Macarthur Park Historic District Ordinance refers to "street," and changing its language in the guidelines would require an amendment to the Ordinance. The Commission and Staff decided that all wording in the new guidelines book should refer to "from street" rather than "from right-of-way" to avoid contradiction of the Ordinance. Item III: Real Estate Commission Mr. Bloom introduced the topic. Boyd Maher of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program noted availability of the North Little Rock Commission. Mr. Bozynski noted that a lunch meeting might be appropriate. The Commission opted for a lunch meeting of Wednesday January 19, 2005 with a goal of half of area Commissioners showing present. Mr. Maher was selected as a moderator for the meeting. IV. New Business Item I: Election of Chairman and Vice Chair Commissioner Walls makes a motion to make Carolyn Newbern as Chairman and Marshall Peters as Vice Chair. Commissioner Bolden Seconds the Motion. The motion passes with 3 ayes 0 noes and two absent. City Attorney Deborah Weldon reminded the Commission that Commissioner Peters has the option to withdraw from nomination since he was not present. Item II: Caroline Apartments Pre-Application Discussion No one was present regarding this property. Mr. Bloom informed the Commission that the applicant might be contacting his office in regards to applying for a COA for new windows and exterior work to the building. The Commission stated that vinyl windows are discouraged as well as the painting of brick. Item III: Heritage Tourism Display Commissioner Newbem introduced the idea of a Heritage Tourism Display at the May 7, 2005 Heritage Garden Event. The Convention bureau may help with the set-up. There was an overall consensus to pursue a display at the Heritage Garden Event. Item IV: MacArthur Park Survey Mr. Bloom stated that progress was being made on the Macarthur Park Survey and a Request for Qualifications will soon be sent out. Item V: Work Program Mr. Malone mentioned a concept of an action plan for this upcoming Historic Commission year. Commissioner Newbern supported the idea of finding external funding sources and not relying completely on city budgets. Commissioner Newbern mentioned small grants that might be available and the Commission should try to get itself a dedicated budget. Mr. Maher cited examples of small towns having historic commission funds. Mr. Maher mentioned the Quarterly CLG training workshop in El Dorado, AR for January 27 to 28, 2005. AHHP has contracted for a study on how historic districts affect municipalities. It should be ready by January of 2006. The meeting was adjourned at 6:24 p.m. ATTEST: Chairman Secretary Date: